Improved postnatal growth of extremely low birth weight boys over the last two decades.

Research paper by Lotta L Immeli, Sture S Andersson, Markus M Leskinen, Emmi E Vuorinen, Olli-Pekka OP Rinta-Koski, Päivi P Luukkainen

Indexed on: 25 Jan '17Published on: 25 Jan '17Published in: Acta Paediatrica


The survival rate of extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants has risen over the last two decades. However, the incidence of neurodevelopmental problems in these children remains high (1,2). Postnatal growth restriction is common among ELBW infants and it has been associated with poor long-term outcomes (3). It is widely recognised that an optimal nutrient supply is essential (4) to simulate postnatal intrauterine growth and, therefore, nutritional recommendations for preterm infants have changed substantially over the last 15 years (5,6). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.