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Nutrition for Pediatric Wound Healing

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Shield HealthCare
08/12/14  6:33 PM PST
Nutrition for Pediatric Wound Healing

Pedatric Corner


A new study out of Seattle Children’s Hospital suggests guidelines to assess and manage the nutrition status of pediatric patients with complex wounds, i.e. pressure ulcers or dehisced surgical wounds. A multidisciplinary team identified key components of the wound healing process:

• Formal nutrition assessment to evaluate nutritional needs and intake, weight status, labs, etc.

• Multivitamin and mineral supplementation for patients with one or more of the following: consuming less than 75% of estimated needs, 5% weight loss, BMI or weight/length of < 10% or > 95th percentile for age, < 90% ideal body weight, or growth failure.

• Increased protein intake (20-25% above current prescription) for non-healing wounds.

• Evaluation of serum zinc and vitamin C levels and supplementation when deficiency is suspected and/or confirmed.

Source information provided by Thompson KL, et al.: “Nutrition Interventions to Optimize Pediatric Wound Healing: An Evidenced-Based Clinical Pathway“. Nutrition in Clinical Practice, published online 28 May 2014.

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