What are the dietary recommendations for neonates exposed to chorioamnionitis?

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: Fayez M Bany-Mohammed, MD; Chief Editor: Ted Rosenkrantz, MD  more...
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Seriously or critically-ill newborns with early-onset bacterial infections often require parenteral nutrition until their condition improves. The use of intravenous lipids during proven bacteremia is the subject of controversy. The fear is that lipid inclusions may interfere with phagocytosis of microbes by hepatic, splenic, or pulmonary macrophages. Infections involving the gastrointestinal tract may need a special approach to enteral nutrition when the feedings are reinstituted.


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