Neonatal Nursing Education Briefs

Gastric Residuals in the Preterm Infant

Purpose and Goal: CNEP # 2088

  • Understand the challenges of feeding preterm infants.
  • Learn about gastric residuals as a sign of feeding intolerance.

None of the planners, faculty or content specialists has any conflict of interest or will be presenting any off-label product use. This presentation has no commercial support or sponsorship, nor is it co-sponsored.

Requirements for successful completion:

  • Successfully complete the post-test
  • Complete the evaluation form


  • November 2018 – November 2020

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the negative effects of withholding feeds.
  • Describe the signs of feeding intolerance in the neonate.
  • Identify 2 approaches for managing residuals in the NICU.

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