Journal Article

A Review of 116 Cases of Breastfeeding-Associated Hypernatremia in Rural Area of Central Turkey

Esad Koklu, Tamer Gunes, Mehmet Adnan Ozturk, Mehmet Kose, Selim Kurtoglu and Fatih Yuksel

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 53, issue 5, pages 347-350
Published in print October 2007 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online October 2007 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmm026
A Review of 116 Cases of Breastfeeding-Associated Hypernatremia in Rural Area of Central Turkey

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We aimed to assess the incidence, neurologic and neurodevelopmental outcome of breastfeeding-associated hypernatremic dehydration among hospitalized neonates in rural area of central Turkey. A retrospective study was conducted at Gevher Nesibe Hospital over a 6-year period, to identify otherwise healthy term and near-term (≥ 35 weeks of gestation) breastfed neonates (<29 days of age) who were admitted with serum sodium concentrations of >150 mEq/l and no explanation for hypernatremia other than inadequate milk intake. The incidence of breastfeeding-associated hypernatremic dehydration among hospitalized term and near-term neonates (n = 5592) was 2.1%, occurring for 116 breastfed infants. More than one half of the infants admitted with breastfeeding-associated hypernatremia exhibited abnormal development at 12 or more months of age. Increased efforts are required to establish successful breastfeeding.

Keywords: breastfeeding; hypernatremic dehydration; newborn

Journal Article.  1576 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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