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PN.01 THE EFFECT OF POSITIONING ON THE TRANSITION FROM TUBE TO ORAL FEEDING IN PRETERM INFANTS: A PILOT STUDY

K. Jones. Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Leeds, UK

Progress to full bottle feeding often determines timing of discharge. This small-scale randomised controlled trial tested the hypothesis that healthy, stable preterm infants fed in an elevated side-lying position progress to full oral feeds at the same rate as infants fed in the more traditional semi-upright position.

Eleven healthy preterm infants were randomly allocated to one of the two feeding positions and studied until full oral feeds were achieved. The mean total number of days to full oral feeds in those in the elevated side-lying position (range 14–27 days, mean 20.8 days) did not differ from those fed in the semi-upright position (range 10–33 days, mean 19 days, p>0.05). The rate at which the side-lying group achieved three, four or five feeds per day was, however, more rapid than the rate seen in the semi-upright …

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