Further educational resources
Danone Nutricia Campus is an educational platform for healthcare professionals developed and hosted by a not-for-profit foundation co-led with external medical experts. The mission of the foundation is to advance the fields of nutrition through knowledge discovery, scientific insights and medical education for healthcare professionals.
Find here the latest information relating to nutritional advances in pediatric disease related malnutrition.
Osmolality and its relation to adverse events in new-born infants, is an often-misunderstood topic in preterm nutrition. This open access systematic review examines human and animal studies to investigate whether there is a link between high milk-feed osmolality and adverse gastrointestinal events, including feeding intolerance and NEC.
Mapping evidence about role of macronutrient enrichment
Premature infants commonly accumulate growth deficits before and after initial hospital discharge, which can mean poor long-term health outcomes for the child. The open-access systematic review entitled ‘Post-discharge formula feeding in preterm infants: A systematic review mapping evidence about the role of macronutrient enrichment’ addresses macronutrient enrichment and post-discharge formulae in premature infants following hospital discharge.
ESPGHAN Position Paper
Probiotics have been hypothesized as a potential therapy for preterm infants to reduce morbidity and mortality; globally more than 10,000 premature infants having participated in clinical studies relating to this topic. This open access position paper by the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition serves as a guide for the potential use of probiotics in preterm infants, including recommendations on which specific strains may be useful and which strains should be avoided for preterm neonates.
Written specifically for healthcare professionals who work with infants and their caregivers, this Essential Knowledge Briefing practical guide provides an overview of physical growth during the first 1000 days and the factors that can affect growth. It also discusses common growth challenges, from preterm, term small-for-gestational age and large-for-gestational age to growth deviations such as stunting and wasting, overweight and obesity during infancy and toddlerhood. The booklet is available to download in English.
An overview of preterm nutrition
Nutrition plays a key role in determining health outcomes relating to immediate neonatal survival, growth and mental development during infancy; it’s has an even greater role in the development of the premature infant. This article addresses the importance of the first 1000 days in the premature infant, major health challenges of premature birth and outlines the role of nutrition in preterm care.
Preterm Nutrition research selected study summaries
Together with our partners, Nutricia has published over 300 peer reviewed papers concerning preterm care. This document comprises 16 study summaries to help advance your knowledge in preterm nutrition, spanning four clinical benefit areas:
- Growth & metabolism
- Cognitive development
- Gastrointestinal health
- Immune health
The summaries give an indication of the breadth and depth of nutritional support available in preterm care, from preclinical to clinical work, and is relevant across the preterm journey, from hospital through to home.