Prolonging small feeding volumes early in life decreases the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis in very low birth weight infants.

@article{Berseth2003ProlongingSF,
  title={Prolonging small feeding volumes early in life decreases the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis in very low birth weight infants.},
  author={Carol Lynn Berseth and Jennifer A Bisquera and Virna U Paje},
  journal={Pediatrics},
  year={2003},
  volume={111 3},
  pages={529-34}
}
OBJECTIVE Approximately 90% of infants who develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) do so after being fed. Previous prospective studies have shown that infants given small enteral feedings for the first 7 to 10 days of feeding do not have an increased risk for NEC compared with those given no feedings. Although neonatologists now commonly increase feeding volumes, no study has compared the risk for NEC between infants fed these small volumes and those fed volumes that are increased slowly. The… CONTINUE READING
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