Developmental changes in salt acceptability in human infants
Article first published online: 13 OCT 2004
Copyright © 1986 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 17–25, January 1986
How to Cite
Beauchamp, G. K., Cowart, B. J. and Moran, M. (1986), Developmental changes in salt acceptability in human infants. Dev. Psychobiol., 19: 17–25. doi: 10.1002/dev.420190103
- Issue published online: 13 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 13 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 22 APR 1985
- Manuscript Received: 7 JAN 1985
Human infants less than 4 months of age ingested water and moderate concentrations of sodium chloride solution (0.10–0.20 M) in equal amounts. In contrast, infants 4–24 months of age exhibited heightened acceptance of saline solution relative to water. Such a developmental change in salt acceptability is consistent with a hypothesis of postnatal maturation of peripheral and/or central structures underlying this response. Children 31–60 months of age tended to reject saline solution relative to water. This change may in part reflect the effects of experience.