Postnatal growth in preterm infants: have we got it right?

J Perinatol. 2005 May;25 Suppl 2:S12-4. doi: 10.1038/


Postnatal growth retardation appears inevitable in preterm infants. This partly reflects an inability to establish adequate dietary intakes in a timely fashion in the sick, unstable immature infant. However, it may also reflect inherent errors in current recommendation as well as systematic errors in the way nutrient requirements are estimated in these high-risk infants. These issues are addressed in this article.

MeSH terms

  • Energy Intake*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight / growth & development
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature / growth & development*
  • Infant, Small for Gestational Age / growth & development
  • Nutritional Requirements