10 May 2016

Optimising preterm nutrition: present and future.

Posted in Body Composition, Scientific

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A study published in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society investigates the current findings on the management of neonatal nutrition in the preterm infant.

The present paper provides a review of the current literature on the nutritional management and assessment of growth in preterm infants. It also explores several elements that may be essential for optimising nutrient intakes in preterm infants, such as measurement of body composition, collection of nutrient intake data in real-time and personalising nutritional support.

The study conclusions affirm that "To ensure optimal growth and body composition is achieved in preterm infants, their nutritional management should be personalised to meet their individual needs according to their gestational age, BW and their need for catch-up growth. The development and implementation of responsive, personalised nutritional support in preterm infants is required. This should utilise realtime nutrient intake data collection, with ongoing nutritional assessments that includes the measurement of body composition.".

The article details are the following:

- Title: "Optimising preterm nutrition: present and future"
- Authors: Brennan AM, Murphy BP, Kiely ME - Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics,Cork University Maternity Hospital,Cork,Ireland
- Published in
:Proc Nutr Soc. 2016 May;75(2):154-61

The scientific article can be purchased at the following link: click here