Tip 55a: fluid requirements in preterm babies

The insensible losses in preterm babies, from evaporation and respiratory tract, can reach 40-60ml/kg/day, even when nursed in 90% humidity, and can be much larger (up to 140ml/kg/day).

Reference: Hartnoll, G., 2003. Basic principles and practical steps in the management of fluid balance in the newborn. Seminary in Neonatology8: 307-313.

Previously published: 26/02/14, 11/12/14

 

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