Thermal Environment and Growth in Preterm Infants


Reviewed by Dr Claire West
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The thermal environment is an important factor in the neonatal care of preterm infants, with effects on mortality and metabolic rate in these infants.


These factors should be taken into account when the decision is made to move an infant from an incubator to a bassinet. Consideration of appropriate clothing including head cover is important.  Can a baby increase its oral intake sufficiently, and is increased growth of fat better than growth of other vital organs?


1 Glass et a1. BioI Neonate 14 : 324; 1969.
2 Perstein et al. Pediatrics 57 : 494; 1976.
3 Heimler et a1. Pediatrics 68 : 82; 1981