Tip 16: metabolic bone disease of prematurity

Premature babies are at risk of osteopenia due to lack of minerals normally accumulated in the last trimester. This increases the risk of fractures in the short-term and short stature in the long-term.

All enterally fed very preterm babies should receive phosphate as a supplement to breast milk in addition to their routine vitamin D.

References: Bishop N. Metabolic bone disease. In Rennie J, Rennie & Roberton’s Textbook of Neonatology, 5th edition, 2012. Elsevier: London.

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

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