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Minerva Pediatrica 2007 June;59(3):275-9

language: Italian

Accidental ethyl alcohol intoxication in a 30-day-old infant. Clinical findings and neurological follow-up

Palano G. M., Praticò A. D., Praticò E. R., D’Agata A., Carpinato C., Sottile F., Distefano G.

U.O. di Patologia Neonatale Dipartimento di Pediatria, Azienda Policlinico Università di Catania, Catania


Fetus damages due to alcohol abuse in pregnancy, fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), are widely documented in the literature, whereas short and long term clinical signs of acute alcohol intoxication in newborn babies are poorly described. In our study we describe the case of a 30-day-old newborn baby erroneously fed with 70 mL of white wine in place of the water for milk dilution. The baby clinical features were torpor, tremors, slight fever without metabolic anomalies typical of classic acute alcohol intoxication such as hypoglycemia, hypothermia, metabolic acidosis and coma. Periodical follow-up a 2, 3, 6 and 12 months were performed in order to evaluate neuromotor development using Bayley Scales of Infant Development II, for children between 1 and 42 months old. The results showed normal psychomotor development in our patient.

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