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February 1, 1965

Better Baby Burping

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JAMA. 1965;191(5):421. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080050067033

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To the Editor:—  Your editorial "Toward Better Baby Burping" (JAMA190:540 [Nov 9] 1964), is more remarkable for that which it omits than for that which it includes. With x-ray films it is easy to demonstrate that the gastrointestinal tract of almost any 2-month-old infant can be made to fill rapidly with gas by the simple expedient of causing the baby to cry vigorously for a few minutes. For centuries parents have believed that babies cry "because they have gas." It's about time someone pointed out that the cause-and-effect relationships have been traditionally reversed in the minds of most adults, including learned doctors.

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