A. Normal infants.
B. Low birth weight, Premature infants.
C. Malnourished infants.
D. Hypoglycemic infants.
Technique shown in the photograph above represents Paladai feeding.
- A paladai is a feeding device used traditionally in India.
- It is a “low bowl with a spout, shaped like ‘Aladdin’s lamp.’”
- It has advantages over cup feeding in that it helps babies take a higher volume of milk in the least amount of time, and it reduces milk spillage.
Babies born premature with extremely low birth weight are now being fed with paladais intead of bottles.
- The rationale behind the same is that owing to the extremely low birth weight (less 1.5 kgs) of the babies, they have little or no energy to suckle at their mammas.
- The little ones are tube fed for the initial few days and thenafter with paladai till they have energy to suckle.