The Special Thermal Physiology of Newborn Infants
As long ago as 1900 Budin suggested that keeping babies warm decreased infant mortality. However, it was not until some 60 years later that clinicians began to revise their attitudes towards the thermal care of newborn infants. This was possibly because of the recognition of the “neonatal cold injury” syndrome at that time. Prior to this, babies had been regarded as either miniature adults or, as Father Roland Knox described them, “merely a loud noise at one end and absolutely no sense of responsibility at the other”, more scientifically as poikilotherms.
KeywordsSkin Temperature Brown Adipose Tissue Newborn Infant Skin Blood Flow Skin Surface Temperature
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