Assessing and Addressing Infant Malnutrition: A 2-Part CME Activity

Infant malnutrition—also called infant undernutrition or failure to thrive—is not uncommon, even in developed countries such as the United States. Diagnosis can be challenging, in part because there is no agreed-upon definition of the condition. It is essential that primary care providers who manage the care of very young children are able to identify undernourished infants and implement evidence-based interventions.

This 2-part, on-demand CME/CE podcast series will improve the ability of learners to identify and treat nutritional deficiencies in infants and adults at increased risk. A key focus of the activities will be on the provision of effective nutritional interventions during and after the transition from hospital to home. In addition, the expert faculty will feature evidence-based counseling and education strategies to better engage patients and their caregivers in the treatment plan.

Podcast 1: Pediatric Nutrition and Failure To Thrive: Updated Guidance

In this activity, Benny Kerzner, MD, and William F. Malcolm, MD, discuss the prevalence and incidence of infant malnutrition in primary-care and hospital settings, as well as the consequences of inadequate nutrition on health outcomes and costs. Strategies for identifying malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in various patient groups are discussed, as are the processes for assessing at-risk infants and the importance of parent/caregiver education for optimal outcomes.

Podcast 2: Cases-In-Point: Improving Outcomes in the Undernourished Infant

Jae H. Kim, MD, and Robert Murray, MD, discuss 2 challenging cases in infant nutrition. Topics for discussion include the link between preterm birth and future nutritional status, general causes and signs of infant malnutrition, and evidence-based guidance for treatment.


Benny Kerzner, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Children's National Medical Center
George Washington University Hospital
Washington, DC

William F. Malcolm, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Intermediate-Level Nurseries
Director, Special Infant Care High-Risk
  Follow-up Program
Department of Pediatrics/Neonatology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Jae H. Kim, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  Fellowship Program
Nutrition Director, SPIN Program
Divisions of Neonatology & Pediatric
  Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
UC San Diego / Rady Children's
  Hospital San Diego
San Diego, CA

Robert Murray, MD
Department of Pediatrics
Columbus Children's Hospital
The Ohio State University School of Medicine
Columbus, OH

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These activities are supported by an
independent educational grant from
Abbott Nutrition.