Nutritional Strategies for Preterm and Very Low Birth Weight Infants-Premature infants are vulnerable to a variety of problems due to developmental immaturity of their gastrointestinal (GI) tract and their extraordinarily high nutritional needs. Various studies have indicated that specific early dietary factors in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants have an effect on neurodevelopment. Continued provision of adequate nutrition in appropriate feeding stages is important throughout the neonatal intensive care unit stay and postdischarge. This monograph describes how ensuring adequate nutrition early in life has positive consequences on long-term growth and neurodevelopment.
Explain the long-term neurodevelopmental consequences of growth failure.
Outline the main factors involved in GI tract immaturity in premature infants.
Delineate the nutritional requirements of preterm infants.
Describe methods of nutrient delivery and feeding options for preterm infants.
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