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First Reader

Professor Verna M. Baker, RD/LD

Second Reader

Dr. William Ellis

Third Reader

Dr. Lisa M. Cobb


In the past, infants born prematurely or of low birthweight simply did not survive. Improved medical care has increased infant survival, as well as subsequent growth and development. The man technological advances in neonatology bring to the forefront countless new challenges in developing nutritional care plans able to adequately meet the needs of extremely fragile and vulnerable infants. Increased knowledge of the nutrient requirements for high-risk infants is needed, along with a clear understanding of how to administer the nutrients in a safe and effective manner.

What exactly must registered dietitians know in order to practice effectively as nutrition experts in the neonatal intensive care setting? The purpose of this paper in to explore the critical role which nutrition plans in the management of premature, low birthweight, and other high-risk infants.



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