• Measuring Body Composition in the Preterm Infant: Evidence base and practicalities

    5 days ago - By Clinical Nutrition

    Preterm birth and body composition have demonstrable effects on growth and later health outcomes. They reach term equivalent age with a lower proportion of lean mass and higher body fat percentage than their term equivalent counterparts. Weight and length do not give an accurate assessment of body composition. Tracking body composition rather than just weight is a fundamental part of improving nutritional outcomes. This is important given the ongoing controversies regarding the nutritional needs of preterm infants, as well as establishing suitable targets for their growth.
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