Nutrition for babies after surgery | Children's Charity

Nutrition for babies after surgery

This research was completed on 31 January 2006

Project LeaderProfessor Agostino Pierro MD, FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Engl), FAAP, Dr Angela M Wade PhDDr Nigel J Klein MRCP, PhD, Dr Simon J Eaton PhD, Professor Lewis Spitz PhD, FRCS, Miss Kathryn M Bethune BSc, MRPharmS, Dr Virgilio P Carnielli MD, FRCP, PhD, Mr Anthony J Nunn FRPharmS, Dr Hendrick Van Saene MD, PhD, FRCPath, Dr Carol Dezateux MD, FRCP and Professor David A Lloyd MChir, FRCS, FCS(SA)
LocationUnit of Paediatric Surgery, Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Immunbiology Unit, and Unit of Nutrition, at the Institute of Child Health, University College London and the Pharmacy Department, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, in conjunction with the Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust and the Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Liverpool and the Institute of Child Health, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool
Grant awarded12 July 2001
Start date1 April 2002
End date31 January 2006
Grant amount£88,009.00
Grant codeSP3763

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Every year in the UK at least 1500 newborn babies require an operation for diseases of the intestine. Following these operations the babies cannot be fed by mouth and are fed by drip (parenteral nutrition) until the intestine recovers. This artificial feed increases the risk of infection and may damage the liver if given for a long time. Glutamine, a nutrient present in mothers’ milk, may enhance recovery and reduce infection. This study will determine whether adding glutamine to parenteral nutrition is beneficial to babies after bowel operations.

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