The Preemie Growth Project

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

A Few Words of Caution

Just like when introducing new foods (strawberries, peanuts, etc.) parents should monitor for any sensitivity reactions.

In the formal feasibility study:

  • Absence seizures were experienced by two children, which stopped when they ceased taking the supplement.
  • Multiple parents reported minor rashes (red spots on trunk) which went away without intervention within a few days.
  • In infants the improvement in bowel function and increased appetite also came with an increase in dirty diapers and a greater risk of diaper rash.
  • Multiple parents also reported mood swings which they later determined were associated with being hungry; parents were encouraged to offer healthy, nutritious snacks even if they were previously unused to having hungry children.

This may not be an appropriate intervention for children with a history of seizures; parents whose children have these conditions need to be especially vigilant as changes in weight/increased growth may impact the efficacy of medications.

Long-term use of laxative solutions containing Polyethylene Glycol 3350 (such as Miralax) is known to hinder absorption of micronutrients, and therefore children in a deficiency state should not use it regularly.