Minimal enteral nutrition

Agarwal, Ramesh ; Aggarwal, Rajiv ; Deorari, Ashok K. ; Paul, Vinod K. (2001) Minimal enteral nutrition Indian Journal of Pediatrics, 68 (12). pp. 1159-1160. ISSN 0019-5456

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Although parenteral nutrition has been used widely in the management of sick very low birth weight (VLBW) infants, a smooth transition to the enteral route is most desirable. Animal studies have shown that long periods of starvation are associated with mucosal atrophy and reduction of enzymatic activity. Studies have shown that giving small volumes of feeds frequently exerts a trophic effect on the gut mucosa. This concept has been termed as Minimal Enteral Nutriton (MEN). Clinical benefits of MEN include faster progression to full enteral feeds, lesser episodes of feed intolerance and reduction in hospital stay without a concomitant increase in the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis. MEN may be commenced in neonates on ventilation and total parenteral nutrition. A protocol for giving MEN has been described.

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Keywords:Enteral Nutrition; VLBW Infants; Neonates
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