Nutrition considerations in pediatric surgical patients

Debby S. Martins, Hannah G. Piper

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Children who require surgical interventions are subject to physiologic stress, necessitating a period of healing when nutrition needs may temporarily change. Providing appropriate nutrition to children before and after surgery is an important part of minimizing surgical morbidity. There is a clear link between poor nutrition and surgical outcomes, therefore providing good reason for ensuring an appropriate nutrition plan is in place for children requiring surgery. This review will address recent research investigating nutrition considerations for pediatric surgical patients with a focus on practical tools to guide decision making in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative periods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNutrition in Clinical Practice
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • nutrition assessment
  • pediatrics
  • surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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