Effect of early nutritional intake on long-term growth and bone mineralization of former very low birth weight infants

V. Christmann*, M. E. van der Putten, L. Rodwell, K. Steiner, M. Gotthardt, J. B. van Goudoever, A. F. J. van Heijst

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Abstract

Background: Preterm infants are at risk for impaired bone mineralization and growth in length later in life due to inadequate nutritional intake in the early postnatal period. Objective: To investigate whether increased nutritional supplementation of calcium, phosphate and protein in Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) infants during the first 14 days after birth was associated with improvement in length and bone development until 9-10 years of age. Design: Observational follow-up study of VLBW infants (birth weight< 1500 g or gestational age < 32 weeks) born in two consecutive years (eligible infants: 2004 n: 63 and 2005: n: 66). Cohort 2005 received higher intake of calcium, phosphate and protein with parenteral nutrition compared to Cohort 2004. Anthropometric data were collected during standard follow-up visits until five years, and additionally at 9-10 years of age including measurements of bone mineral content, bone mineral density of the whole body and lumbar spine determined by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Long-term growth trajectories of both cohorts were evaluated separately for participants born appropriate (AGA) and small for gestational age (SGA), stratified by gender. Multivariate linear regression was used to examine the effect of nutritional intalce and clinical covariates on length and bone mineralization. Results: Both cohorts achieved a catch-up in length to SDS within the normal range by 6 months (length SDS: estimated mean (95% confidence interval (CI): 6 months: Cohort 2004: -0.7 ( -1.1, -0.3) Cohort 2005: -0.5 (-0.8, -0.2)). Bone mineral content and density were within the normal range and not different between the cohorts. SGA children achieved a catch-up in length at 5 years with bone mineralization comparable to AGA children. Only for girls birth weight was significantly associated with length SDS (per gram: beta 0.001; 95% CI (0.000, 0.003); p = 0.03) There was no evidence of an association between early nutritional intake and bone mineralization. Conclusion: Children born as appropriate or small for gestational age preterm infants are able to catch up in length after the postnatal period, and achieve a normal length and bone mineralization at age nine-ten years. An improvement of calcium and phosphate intake during the first 14 days after birth was not associated with improvement in length and bone development. (C) 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-97
Number of pages9
JournalBone
Volume108
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • Bone development
  • Calcium
  • DEXA
  • Length
  • Phosphate
  • Sex
  • OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY-DISEASE
  • PRETERM-BORN CHILDREN
  • INHALED CORTICOSTEROIDS
  • PREMATURE-INFANTS
  • POSTNATAL-GROWTH
  • HUMAN-MILK
  • EARLY DIET
  • FOLLOW-UP
  • VITAMIN-D
  • AGE

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