Increased protein intake and neurodevelopmental outcomes

A prospective cohort study compared neurodevelopmental outcomes in extremely-low-birth-weight infants (less than 1000 grams birth weight), before and after a regimen of increased protein intake (according to international consensus recommendations) was introduced. The Bayley-III was used for assessment. A significant improvement in early growth and reduced postnatal growth faltering were seen. However there was no difference detected in cognitive, language or motor scores or the frequency of sensory impairments at 2 years’ corrected age.

Do recommended protein intakes improve neurodevelopment in ELBW babies. Cester et al, 2015.