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Immature sucking patterns in infants of mothers with diabetes.
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PMID:  17095335     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate immaturity of sucking patterns of infants of mothers with diabetes. STUDY DESIGN: Term infants born to mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus (16 mothers managed with insulin and 31 with diet alone) were compared with 55 matched healthy infants (control group). Sucking patterns were recorded and analyzed for number of sucks and bursts and averages maximum suck pressure, number of sucks per burst, suck width, and time between bursts. The measurements were made for feedings of 5 minutes duration with Kron's Nutritive Sucking Apparatus on the third day of life. RESULTS: Relative to the control group, newborns of the insulin-treated mothers averaged 5.2 fewer bursts and 42 fewer sucks (P = .013 and P = .04, respectively). No differences were noted for other variables tested. There were no differences in sucking patterns between newborns of diet-managed mothers and control newborns. CONCLUSION: Poorer sucking patterns were found among infants of insulin-managed mothers with diabetes. The present findings indicate some degree of neurologic immaturity during the early neonatal period.
Ruben Bromiker; Adi Rachamim; Cathy Hammerman; Michael Schimmel; Michael Kaplan; Barbara Medoff-Cooper
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of pediatrics     Volume:  149     ISSN:  0022-3476     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-10     Completed Date:  2007-01-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375410     Medline TA:  J Pediatr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  640-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Neonatology, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, and the Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Bottle Feeding
Breast Feeding
Case-Control Studies
Diabetes, Gestational* / diet therapy,  drug therapy
Gestational Age
Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use
Infant, Newborn
Insulin / therapeutic use
Respiratory Burst
Sucking Behavior*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hypoglycemic Agents; 11061-68-0/Insulin

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