Implications and Application of Probiotics in the NICU

Tuesday, October 11
9:45 AM – 11:15 AM (Eastern Time)
CE: 1.5
Level 3 (advanced knowledge/expertise)
Activity Code: 170844


Probiotics use in neonates continues to be a topic of interest. While an increasing number of neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in the US are beginning to use probiotics, many NICUs still don’t. Barriers to the use of probiotics include safety implementation concerns, standardization of formulation, dosage, and duration. Further research must be done to address the benefits and barriers. This panel of experts discusses the historical background, benefits, current clinical evidence, and barriers to the use of probiotics in neonates.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the role of probiotics in the NICU
  • Assess the scientific evidence used to support probiotics in the NICU
  • Detail appropriate application of probiotics to clinical practice in neonates

Performance Indicators:

  • 8.2.3 Analyzes new information and how it impacts medical nutrition
  • 10.3.6 Develops nutrition prescriptions to communicate clients’/patients’
    customized diet and nutrition needs.
  • 10.4.4 Considers client/patient factors, nutritional impacts, indications,
    side effects, contraindications, benefits, risks, alternatives and
    foundational sciences when prescribing, recommending or
    administering nutrition-related drug therapy.