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Preterm Infant Growth Assessment - Metrics That Matter

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June 10th
4:00 pm EDT

Dr. Tanis Fenton and Dr. Bill Hay will discuss:

Findings from their recent publication

"Extrauterine growth restriction" and "postnatal growth failure" are misnomers for preterm infants published March 25, 2020.

What is normal human fetal growth rate?

Normal variances, how we are doing to meet this growth weight goal, and the consequences of not meeting them.

Definition of Extrauterine Growth Restriction (EUGR).

The challenges and potential harms of this definition and using EUGR as a marker of growth.

What are the nutritional requirements to meet this growth rate goal?

What are macronutrient requirements? What are the consequences of excessive nutrient intake?

Why EUGR is not an accurate predictor of neurodevelopmental impairment.

Using EUGR as a neurodevelopment marker and for neonatal unit performance are questionable practices.

Why does it matter if we achieve normal fetal growth rates with appropriate nutrition in preterm infants?

Why aren't we doing as well as we should - and could?

Higher body fat % at term-age does not persist.

New data showing it is not a reason to restrict growth, yet it remains a concern.

Proper growth assessment and metrics that matter.

Follow AAP, but include length and head circumference as well as weight gain and body composition of weight gain.


About Dr. Tanis Fenton

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Alberta and a Master’s degree in nutrition from the University Toronto, Dr. Fenton worked as a clinical dietitian. Wishing to learn more about research and critical appraisal, she completed a Doctorate degree in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Fenton is now working as a Research Lead for Alberta Nutrition Services, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Dr. Fenton is known internationally for a growth chart she developed for preterm infants and her meta-analyses on the alkaline diet hypothesis. She is the invited Chair for the Preterm Infant Expert Workgroup for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for the nutritional care of preterm infants. Her primary academic focus is on growth of preterm infants.


About Dr. William Hay

Dr. William Hay is retired Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at the University of Colorado. Prior to his retirement he was Director of the Child Maternal Health Program, the Early Life Exposures Program, and the Neonatal-Perinatal Clinical Translational Research Center of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He also served as Scientific Director of the Perinatal Research Center. Dr. Hay’s research has focused on maternal nutrition, placental nutrient transport, fetal physiology, and fetal and neonatal nutrition and metabolism. A major emphasis of his research has been on intrauterine growth restriction and how this condition programs fetal and neonatal growth and development. He also has studied how to provide nutrition to the preterm infant of the same gestational age as the normally growing fetus and to prevent nutrient limitation of postnatal growth. Dr. Hay is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in disorders of glucose metabolism in neonates and nutrition of the preterm infant.

June 10th
4:00 pm EDT