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Experts endorse strategies for early nutritional intervention in newborns

Posted:  Monday, November 28, 2011

During a recent Nestlé Nutrition Institute Satellite Symposium, leading international experts explored nutritional strategies for the management of very low birth weight neonates. Their discussions highlighted the need for early intervention.

The three prevalent messages from the event were:

The need for more evidence: There is sufficient evidence supporting prophylactic supplementation of probiotics to reduce necrotising enterocolitis (NEC).

Standard treatments are not enough: Individualised nutrition is required to ensure that optimised post-natal growth and development targets are met.

Early high protein intake can lead risks later: The use of low protein formulas in non-breast-fed infants can lead to a reduction of chronic disease and obesity in adulthood.

To read more about the discussions and outcomes from the symposium, please read the full press release.