Early trophic feeding versus enteral fasting for very preterm or very low birth weight infants.

  title={Early trophic feeding versus enteral fasting for very preterm or very low birth weight infants.},
  author={Jessie Anne Morgan and Sarah Bombell and William McGuire},
  journal={The Cochrane database of systematic reviews},
BACKGROUND The introduction of enteral feeds for very preterm (< 32 weeks) or very low birth weight (< 1500 grams) infants is often delayed due to concern that early introduction may not be tolerated and may increase the risk of necrotising enterocolitis. However, prolonged enteral fasting may diminish the functional adaptation of the immature gastrointestinal tract and extend the need for parenteral nutrition with its attendant infectious and metabolic risks. Trophic feeding, giving infants… CONTINUE READING
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