Current Concepts in Neonatal Nutrition– The number of surviving infants born prematurely has increased significantly during the past decade, with many neonates born at earlier gestational ages. Although cardiorespiratory problems have garnered the greatest attention in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), complex nutritional needs also need to be addressed to avoid the adverse consequences of nutritional delays. A broader understanding of dietary needs in infants has led to significant advances in nutritional management, including protein and lipid supplementation. However, despite a growing interest in neonatal and infant nutrition that has spurred expanding research in this field, areas of uncertainty caused by deficiencies in knowledge and competence persist. Many details relating to optimal composition, scheduling, and delivery methods of neonatal nutrition in the NICU are rapidly evolving but have yet to be fully interpreted and resolved in guideline recommendations; for example, the question of how to administer and monitor protein levels in the neonate has been a source of debate that finds little clarification in guidelines. Inadequate or nonexistent nutritional science training offered by medical school curricula may consequently cause clinicians to overlook important dietary considerations in neonatal nutrition. To address these deficiencies, educational interventions must guide clinicians on the role of specific nutrients and the unique nutritional requirements of the premature neonate. As the science and art of neonatal care continue to advance, these interventions will be fundamental to enhancing the quality of care provided by neonatal health professionals.
Describe optimal infant nutrition, specific dietary needs, and current recommendations for neonates.
Have the ability to use human milk and fortify it to meet the needs of premature infants
Integrate new developments in nutrition for the premature neonate into clinical practice.
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