Tip 195: iron

Iron deficiency results in poor neurodevelopmental outcome in preterm infants. ESPGHAN recommends starting 2-3mg/kg/day at two to six weeks of age (two to four weeks in ELBW infants). Intakes of >5mg/kg/day should be avoided.

Sytron provides 5.5mg iron per 1ml.

External link: Larmour, K., Shaw, V., 2016. Enteral nutrition for the preterm infant, version 2.0. Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust: London.

Previously published: 25/11/14

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