The Preemie Growth Project

Sharing Vital Information About Nutritional Issues for Premature Babies & Special Needs Children

Study Updates

Working Theory for Neuromuscular Issue Improvement

118 Children & Counting

As of February 15, 2013

Correcting the micronutrient (“trace mineral”) deficiency issues identified on page 631 in the “Textbook of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition” causes premature babies under one year to quickly meet growth and developmental milestones.

Furthermore, these deficiencies may actually be the *CAUSE* of some cerebral palsy types, with the associated neuromuscular issues and/or brain damage *a symptom* instead of the precipitating event.

More importantly, in these types – low stores of trace minerals due to either prematurity, pre-natal malnutrition, or maternal low stores due to prematurity, pre-natal malnutrition or absorption issues – it appears that correcting the deficiency issues results in “dramatic improvement” if not complete reversal of symptoms; specifically, healthy muscle weight gain, increased strength in cases of hypotonic symptoms, and decreased hyper-spasticity.

Parents are also reporting cognitive and communication improvement, and decreased sensory processing issues.

Issues impacting the speed of recovery include, but are not limited to, gestational age at birth, weight at birth, prenatal nutritional status of mother (prematurity, pre-natal malnutrition or absorption issues), age at which correction begins, and weight at which correction begins.