Shape of Baby Determines Type of Diet

Shape of Baby Determines Type of Diet


Dr. I. Newton Kugelmass, prominent New York pediatrician and member of the editorial board of Nutrition and Dental Health, spoke before the American Association for the Advancement of Science at its session in Rochester, New York, June 17th.

Dr. Kugelmass reported that experiments indicate that the physical characteristics of babies tend to determine their dietary requirements.

There are three general shape of babies, “linear,” “lateral,” and “medial.” The “linears” are long infants. “Laterals” are wide ones, and the “medians” in between.

Breast milk is a preferable diet for all babies regardless of shape, but when necessity demands that cow’s milk be fed to the infant, shape is a determining factor in the dosage.

In a study of 500 babies it was found that the shape of the child affected its digestive ability. Cow’s milk will suffice better if given in a proportion suitable to the individual digestive tract.

For “linear” babies, dilute the whole milk, three parts of milk to one. For “medial” babies, dilute it two to one. For the “lateral babies, half and half.

Dr. Kugelmass explained that “linear” infants’ stomachs secrete gastric juice more rapidly than the “lateral.” Whole milk therefore causes less digestive disturbance in the long babies.

In a tabulation of 500 infants, 25 percent were found to be “linear,” 20 percent “medial,” and 55 percent “lateral.”