C o r , m ~SAUNDERS, B.A.O., B S c . ~ M.B., Yaediatrician to the Natioital Nateriiity Hospital, Dublin; Paediairician t o the Coonzbe Lyiizg-in Hospital, Duldin IN spite oi modern methods of nursing and infant is deprived of its vernix after birth, incubation, including various forms o f treatment, the problem o persistent subf normal temperature in the premature infant still remains to be completely solved. We approached this difficulty in the Xational Maternity Hospital, Dublin, after the establishment of a modern incubator room with thermostatic control and added incubator equipment had not resulted in any niarked success for some time. Thyroid gland w a s used but the results were not conclusive. A diarrhoeic effect was noted in most cases in which this latter treatment ivas administered and, in the case of the few infants that showed improvement, it was difficult to say whether this iinprovemcnt was fortuitous or not. Oestrogenic preparations were tried both by mouth and parenterally with similar inconclusive and unsatisfactory results. The question then arose as to whether in the majority of cases this subnormal temperature was due to dysfunction of a poorly developed thermal centre, to a subnormal metabolism, to
BJOG : An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology – Wiley
Published: Aug 1, 1948
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