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Benefits of targeted nutritional practices to address growth failure in neonates diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)
  1. Magalie L Alcindor
  1. Nursing, York College, Jamaica, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Magalie L Alcindor, Nursing, York College, Jamaica, New York, USA; MAlcindor{at}

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Commentary on: Coignard M, Mellul K, Stirnemann J, Khen-Dunlop N, Lapillonne A, Kermorvant-Duchemin E. First-year growth trajectory and early nutritional requirements for optimal growth in infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia: a retrospective cohort study. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2023 Sep 4:fetalneonatal-2023-325713. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2023-325713. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • Practitioners should incorporate nutritional risk stratification guidelines to identify risk factors in congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).

  • More research is needed to understand the long-term effects of implementing increased caloric intake into the nutritional management of neonates born with CDH.


There is a growing body of evidence that survivors of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) are at high risk of growth failure in their early years.1 Conditions like low birth weight, pulmonary …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.