Importance of Adequate DHA/ARA in Preterm Infants

Dr. Michael Caplan and Dr. Camilia Martin discuss the important functions of adequate docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA) balance in the preterm infant, with a focus on the role of DHA/ARA in neurodevelopment, growth, and retinal development. During the first postnatal week, in preterm infants, DHA levels rapidly decline, and ARA levels are also altered. Faculty will highlight the challenges of achieving adequate DHA/ARA intake in preterm infants, the benefits of DHA/ARA supplementation, as well as the current NICU practices of DHA/ARA supplementation, and how those practices might evolve in the future.


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