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Short term feeding outcomes among neonates with brain injury

Edney, S., Basu, A., Harding, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-5192-2027 & Pennington, L. (2022). Short term feeding outcomes among neonates with brain injury. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 28(4), pp. 265-269. doi: 10.1016/j.jnn.2021.08.016


Although brain injury is known to be associated with feeding outcomes in preterm and unwell neonates, these groups are frequently excluded from studies of neonatal feeding development. This paper aims to identify the short-term feeding outcomes of infants with neonatal brain injury.

A retrospective cohort analysis was undertaken to ascertain the incidence of feeding disorders (full/partial tube feeding at 40 weeks) among infants with brain injury admitted to a UK neonatal unit between 2013 and 2017.

202 surviving infants with neonatal brain injury were included in the study. Feeding disorders were common among infants with brain injury (preterm 34%, term 34%) compared to infants without significant neurological comorbidities (preterm 9%, term 3%). The likelihood of feeding disorders increased with injury severity.

All infants with neonatal brain injury should have access to a specialist feeding therapist to maximise their feeding potential and provide support to families.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Neonatology, Infant, Feeding disorders, Deglutition disorders, Brain injuries, Brain diseases, Intraventricular haemorrhage, Hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy, Cerebrovascular accident, Neurological rehabilitation
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
Text - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

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