Development of the Preterm Gut

  • Michael Caplan, MD

    Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
    Chief Scientific Officer, NorthShore University HealthSystem
    Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
    Chicago, Illinois


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Learning Objectives

  • Associate development of the preterm gut microbiome with the risk for NEC
  • Compare the effect of human milk versus formula feeding on intestinal health
  • Link pathogenic contributors with a preventative strategy for NEC in an infant
Michael Caplan, MD, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at NorthShore University HealthSystem, overviews the development of the gastrointestinal system in preterm infants, with an emphasis on contemporary issues in the management of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Dr. Caplan discusses the development of the microbiome, and reviews the use of probiotics in preterm infants. Dr. Caplan also reviews human- and bovine-based formulas, and how they affect the risk for NEC.

Available Credit:

1.00 AANP Contact Hour
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
1.00 ANCC Contact Hour
1.00 CA-BRN Contact Hour
1.00 CDR Contact Hour


Opens: 2017-01-15
Closes: 2019-01-14

Target Audience:

This activity was developed for pediatric nurse practitioners, nurses, registered dieticians and other health care professionals who care for newborns, infants and toddlers.