Body Composition in Very Preterm Infants: Role of Neonatal Characteristics and Nutrition in Achieving Growth Similar to Term Infants

Tremblay et al, Neonatology 2017


Background: The identification of factors involved in the postnatal growth of preterm infants will help achieve growth similar to that of term infants. Objectives: As per protocol: to compare body composition in very preterm infants at term-corrected age (TCA) with that in term infants, and to explore relationships between neonatal characteristics and body composition in preterm infants. Conclusion: Subcutaneous fat is increased in preterm infants. Higher protein intake in preterm infants might