Research Article

Glucose polymer supplementation of feeds for very low birthweight infants.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 286 doi: (Published 19 March 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;286:935
  1. A Raffles,
  2. G Schiller,
  3. P Erhardt,
  4. M Silverman


    The feeds of 14 very low birthweight infants (birth weight less than 1500 g) were supplemented with a glucose polymer (Caloreen) at the rate of 6 g/kg body weight daily. Seven day periods of supplementation were alternated with seven day periods of normal feeding. Adding the glucose polymer significantly increased the rate of weight gain in these infants from 105 g/week to 140 g/week; growth rates in terms of length and head circumference were not affected. No adverse effects were noted. Glucose polymer is a useful energy supplement for very low birthweight infants.