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Risk factors for infantile hypothermia in early neonatal life.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2371163     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Hypothermia in infancy is not uncommon among the low socioeconomic population in various parts of the world. It is prevalent in Israel and is associated with severe morbidity and mortality. We tried to identify neonates at risk among the population of the Negev district of Israel. Ninety-one infant hospitalized with infantile hypothermia (IH) during the years 1974 to 1981 were identified. The neonates belonged to two distinct ethnic groups, Bedouins and Jews, and were compared with 120 healthy controls of similar background. Our data show that premature infants and babies with low birth weight born during the cold season to young (inexperienced) mothers of lower socioeconomic strata and who sustained perinatal morbidity are at risk for IH. It is suggested that parents of infants at risk should be approached while the baby is till in the nursery, be advised about the possibility of hypothermia, and institute the appropriate preventive measures.
J Zabelle; R Dagan; L Neumann; S Sofer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric emergency care     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0749-5161     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Publication Date:  1990 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-08-23     Completed Date:  1990-08-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507560     Medline TA:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  96-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Soroka University Hospital, Beer-Sheva, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Ethnic Groups
Hypothermia / ethnology,  etiology*
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Age
Risk Factors
Socioeconomic Factors

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