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Cod liver oil and its concentrated forms have played an important rôle in the nutrition of infants. But like many other food substances they have at times been responsible for "upsets" in the allergic child, manifesting themselves in the form of vomiting, diarrhea, urticaria, eczema and asthma, or in a combination of these syndromes. Because of this frequent complication we have been searching for a product which could be given to children sensitive to cod liver oil, whose diets, for allergic reasons, have been inadequate in vitamin-containing foods. One can readily appreciate the likelihood of dental caries and the lowered resistance to infection in any child whose diet must be limited to a few foods, and who in addition is unable to tolerate cod liver oil in any form.
We wish to report the cases of four allergic children in whom, owing to the addition of cod liver oil to
BALYEAT RM, BOWEN R. COD LIVER OIL SENSITIVITY IN CHILDREN. Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(3):529–532. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960100055006