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July 1981

Malnutrition Associated With a Formula of Barley Water, Corn Syrup, and Whole Milk

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles (Drs Fabius, Merritt, and Fleiss and Ms Ashley), the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (Drs Fabius, Merritt, and Fleiss), and the UCLA School of Public Health (Dr Fleiss), Los Angeles.

Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(7):615-617. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130310021008

• Five infants, aged 1 to 7 months, were given a formula of barley water, whole milk, and corn syrup (Karo) or honey. Three patients had subnormal growth, two fit the criteria for failure to thrive, and two demonstrated a microcytic hypochromic anemia. The delayed growth and anemia were corrected by institution of a standard infant formula and nutrient supplementation. The barley water formula provides less than the recommended daily allowance of iron and vitamins A and C. The illnesses of these infants and the deficiencies of the diet illustrate the importance of obtaining a careful dietary history for all infants not receiving standard diets.

(Am J Dis Child 1981;135:615-617)

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