Early Nutrition and Growth until the Corrected Age of 2 Years in Extremely Preterm Infants

Hiltunen et al, Neonatology 2018

 

Abstract

Background: Extremely preterm birth is associated with a high risk of extrauterine growth retardation, which has been linked with adverse developmental outcomes. 

 

Objective: We investigated whether nutritional management during the first 7 days of life affects growth patterns until the corrected age of 2 years in extremely preterm infants. 

Conclusions: Energy intake during the first 7 days of life is associated with growth until the corrected age of 2 years. These results provide support for the aggressive early nutritional management of extremely preterm infants.