A Pediatrician's Guide to Post-Discharge Nutrition in NICU Graduates

Publication ID Published Volume
7820 December 30, 2009 5


This resource includes a PowerPoint presentation and handout utilizing a fictitious patient named Ima Tinyfoot to instruct pediatricians following NICU graduates about the importance of optimizing the nutritional health of these infants post-discharge.

The audience at the CME conference felt this to be a good learning resource for physicians who follow-up NICU graduates in their office. The feedback from conference attendees was positive, and one pediatrician came up to me afterwards and said, "You nailed not just one, but every issue on the head". This was in regards to the different scenarios physicians face with these families. The graphed data presented is from our own follow-up clinic. My hope is that we can increase the number of infants seen in the follow-up clinic who are receiving optimal nutrition (transitional formula or breast milk) rather than term formula.


Ernst K. A pediatrician's guide to post-discharge nutrition in NICU graduates. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2009;5:7820. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.7820

Contains time-sensitive information that will likely be inaccurate, obsolete, or irrelevant by May 12, 2012

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to identify the risk factors for nutritional deficiencies in NICU graduates.
  2. To be able to develop strategies to assess for clinical signs and symptoms of nutritional deficiencies in NICU graduates.
  3. To be able to assess normal and abnormal growth patterns in NICU graduates.
  4. To be able to formulate strategies to enable optimal growth and development in NICU graduates.


  • Nutrition, Neonatal, NICU, Prematurity, Growth, Premature Birth, Development

Prior Scholarly Dissemination


Presented at the University of Oklahoma Department of Pediatrics Annual CME Conference in May 2009.

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