Enteral nutrients promote postnatal maturation of intestinal motor activity in preterm infants.

@article{Berseth1993EnteralNP,
  title={Enteral nutrients promote postnatal maturation of intestinal motor activity in preterm infants.},
  author={Carol Lynn Berseth and Cynthia K Nordyke},
  journal={The American journal of physiology},
  year={1993},
  volume={264 6 Pt 1},
  pages={G1046-51}
}
Low-compliance perfusion manometry and clinical outcome were used to assess the chronic effects of feeding on functional maturation of the preterm intestine in 32 infants. During the first postnatal week, 16 infants received a small volume of formula to supplement their routine parenteral nutrition (24 ml.kg-1.day-1), and 16 received an equal volume of water. After 10 days of enteral "feedings," the manometric tracings of those infants who had received nutrient feedings had more migrating… CONTINUE READING

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