Development of thermoregulation in infancy: possible implications for SIDS.

Over the first three months of life the infant's metabolic rate rises, which, together with the rise in ratio of mass to surface area, means that the net heat loss per unit surface area is 50% higher in a 3 month old infant than in a neonate. This, together with the thicker layer of subcutaneous fat and more effective peripheral vasomotor response to cold… CONTINUE READING