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DIARRHEA IN THE OTHERWISE HEALTHY INFANT*

By Arthur S

Abstract

There is a group of otherwise healthy infants who have diarrhea of non-infectious, unknown etiology in the early months of life. These cases are generally mild and have been considered benign, though sometimes they become serious because of undue loss of water and electrolytes. This article is to consider what effect the size of the feedings has on otherwise healthy babies who have watery and frequent stools. In earlier studies of vomiting and colic. I was impressed to find that treatment based on improving the mechanics of digestion helped, and in most cases cured, both vomiting and colic. Furthermore, the same treatment stopped diarrhea in many otherwise healthy babies. In a study of these cases diarrhea was found to be alleviated or cured by the treatment described earlier, i.e., small, concentrated, frequent feedings. It is also possible to use these principles of treatment on babies sick with pneumonia, virus diseases, respiratory infections, etc., when their illness is complicated by diarrhea. In many instances the cause of the diarrhea i

Year: 2013
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