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ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISORDERS AMONG NEWBORN INFANTS IN OBSTETRIC NURSERIES

ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISORDERS AMONG NEWBORN INFANTS IN OBSTETRIC NURSERIES SEVERAL years ago,1 a study was published on the role played by the surgical mask in prevention of respiratory disorders among newborn infants in nurseries of lying-in hospitals. After that report, communications were received questioning whether respiratory disorders constitute a danger in obstetric nurseries. Statements were made to the effect that outbreaks of respiratory disorders, especially the milder forms, are unusual among newborn infants, and that these babies require possibly ten days or more for sensitization to infectious agents, including colds and other respiratory ailments. Opinions were also advanced that agents responsible for these disorders in older children or adults may possibly cause symptoms of intestinal infection in newborn infants. REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE General Observations.–A search of the literature gave little information on the susceptibility of newborn infants to the acute respiratory disorders. Brennemann2 stated that a definite degree of immunity to lobar pneumonia and bronchopneumonia http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American journal of diseases of children American Medical Association

ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISORDERS AMONG NEWBORN INFANTS IN OBSTETRIC NURSERIES

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1949 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0096-8994
eISSN
1538-3628
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030050902004
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Abstract

SEVERAL years ago,1 a study was published on the role played by the surgical mask in prevention of respiratory disorders among newborn infants in nurseries of lying-in hospitals. After that report, communications were received questioning whether respiratory disorders constitute a danger in obstetric nurseries. Statements were made to the effect that outbreaks of respiratory disorders, especially the milder forms, are unusual among newborn infants, and that these babies require possibly ten days or more for sensitization to infectious agents, including colds and other respiratory ailments. Opinions were also advanced that agents responsible for these disorders in older children or adults may possibly cause symptoms of intestinal infection in newborn infants. REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE General Observations.–A search of the literature gave little information on the susceptibility of newborn infants to the acute respiratory disorders. Brennemann2 stated that a definite degree of immunity to lobar pneumonia and bronchopneumonia

Journal

American journal of diseases of childrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 1, 1949

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