Energy Metabolism of the Newborn Infant

  • Robin K. Whyte
  • Henry S. Bayley
Part of the Advances in Nutritional Research book series (ANUR, volume 8)


For the newborn mammal the burden of homeothermy is great. Birth is accompanied by a rapid increase in the rate of heat loss, which must be matched by heat production if thermal homeostasis is to be maintained. Growth adds to the energy requirement of the neonate in the days following birth. The provision of an intake of energy greater than that lost as heat is critical for the newborn. Failure to do this results in poor weight gain or even, in low-birthweight infants, an increased risk of death.


Energy Expenditure Energy Intake Human Milk Newborn Infant Medium Chain Triglyceride 
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  • Robin K. Whyte
    • 1
    • 2
  • Henry S. Bayley
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Nutritional SciencesUniversity GuelphGuelphCanada

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