Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (...

6th Edition
Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007



Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (...

6th Edition
Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007
Textbook Problem

Preterm infants have higher readmission rates because of:

  1. a. Hypoglycemia
  2. b. Suck-swallow coordination
  3. c. Hypothermia
  4. d. All of the above.

Summary Introduction

Introduction: Infants who born between the 34th week of pregnancy and 37th week of pregnancy  are considered as the late-preterm infants. Breast feeding is an important phase in the life of both the mother and the infant. Breast milk provides the necessary nutrients, immunological functions, and psychological support to the growing infant in his early stages of development.


Reason for the correct answer:

Option d. is given as “All of the above”.

The preterm infants face difficulties like hyperglycemia, deficient in the intake of milk, hypothermia, and difficulty in the coordination of sucking and swallowing. Infants may face cardiorespiratory instability due to the upright position for breast feeding, poor temperature control, immature immune systems, and lack of glycogen and fat storage. In this condition, the suck-swallow coordination decreases and leads to poor latch-on and the transfer of milk.

Hence, the correct answer is option d.

Reasons for the incorrect answers:

Option a. is given as “Hypoglycemia”...

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