Koletzko B, Poindexter B, Uauy R (eds.): Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants: Scientific Basis and Practical Guidelines. World Rev Nutr Diet. Basel, Karger, 2014, vol 110.
The book Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants: Scientific Basis and Practical Guidelines (Volume editors: B. Koletzko, B. Poindexter, R. Uauy) provides a detailed overview on nutrient requirements and the practice of nutritional care in preterm infants, with a particular focus on very low birth weight infants.
In 22 chapters written by various experts from all over the world, it summarises current knowledge on the role of different nutrients in preterm babies and their nutritional needs. Additionally, it focuses on the complexity of determining and meeting these needs without interfering with the metabolism of any other nutrient, as well as on the importance and practice of nutrition support (enteral and parenteral nutrition).
Following the aim of developing practical and useful information for the clinical setting, each chapter presents unambiguous conclusions to scientific deliberations. The book is written in plain and intelligible language and explains the complex field of nutritional care in preterm infants in a comprehensive manner, without leaving out important details.
It is a useful reference book for everybody who works in the field of neonatology or otherwise deals with the topic of nutrition in preterm infants.
Statement of the book editor:
Prof. Berthold Koletzko, Professor of Paediatrics, Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich
“For preterm infants, nutritional care is key for optimal growth, health and their long-term development and quality of life. The quality of nutrition support is both particularly important and particularly challenging in infants with very and extremely low birthweight. My co-editors, co-authors and I wrote this book aiming to summarize current knowledge on nutrient requirements and the practice of nutritional care, and to translate knowledge into advice on practical clinical application. We are overwhelmed by the enormous positive response by readers and users, and the huge number of copies sold around the world not only in the English language, but also in translated versions in the Spanish and Chinese Mandarin languages. We hope that the global spreading of this information leads to improvements in the daily care of the many small infants that depend so much on it!”