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NEW METHOD FOR THE DETERMINATION OF THE BASAL METABOLISM OF BABIES AND OF SMALL CHILDREN

NEW METHOD FOR THE DETERMINATION OF THE BASAL METABOLISM OF BABIES AND OF SMALL CHILDREN A suitable and satisfactory determination of the basal metabolism requires (1) an accurate measurement of the carbon dioxide elimination or of the oxygen consumption and (2) a resting, quiet subject. In young children and in infants both of these factors present different problems than in adults. The mouthpiece, or mask, is not feasible for infants, and a chamber, or box, is usually used. Infants produce much less carbon dioxide than adults, and for accurate gravimetric determinations of the carbon dioxide production rather long periods of at least from thirty to sixty minutes have been required. The average baby or small child usually is restless or may cry, especially if under observation for some time; this is undoubtedly the main difficulty and source of error in determining their basal metabolism. During the past year at the children's clinic of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a new method of determining the basal metabolism http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American journal of diseases of children American Medical Association

NEW METHOD FOR THE DETERMINATION OF THE BASAL METABOLISM OF BABIES AND OF SMALL CHILDREN

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1930 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0096-8994
eISSN
1538-3628
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1930.01930130083009
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Abstract

A suitable and satisfactory determination of the basal metabolism requires (1) an accurate measurement of the carbon dioxide elimination or of the oxygen consumption and (2) a resting, quiet subject. In young children and in infants both of these factors present different problems than in adults. The mouthpiece, or mask, is not feasible for infants, and a chamber, or box, is usually used. Infants produce much less carbon dioxide than adults, and for accurate gravimetric determinations of the carbon dioxide production rather long periods of at least from thirty to sixty minutes have been required. The average baby or small child usually is restless or may cry, especially if under observation for some time; this is undoubtedly the main difficulty and source of error in determining their basal metabolism. During the past year at the children's clinic of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a new method of determining the basal metabolism

Journal

American journal of diseases of childrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 1, 1930

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