Select Studies and Publications
Comparison of tongue muscle characteristics of preterm and full term infants during nutritive and nonnutritive sucking
A study published in Infant Behavior and Development tests our model for quantifying infant lingual force and size and compares the muscle measures of interest in healthy full-term infants and healthy preterm infants. Results suggest that infant tongue muscle characteristics necessary for successful feeding differ between healthy full term infants and preterm infants who are beginning oral feeding.
Quantifying the Impact of Common Feeding Interventions on Nutritive Sucking Performance Using a Commercially Available Smart Bottle
A study published in the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing demonstrates how visual feedback combined with objective sucking performance metrics can be used to compare sucking skill pre/post-intervention and facilitate evidence-based decisions that optimize and personalize feeding.
Nutritive sucking abnormalities and brain microstructural abnormalities in infants with established brain injury: a pilot study
Initial results of a study to measure sucking abnormalities in infants with established brain injury in the NICU, published in Nature – Journal of Perinatology, shows that noninvasive quantitative assessment of nutritive sucking at bedside using the nfant® Feeding Solution may potentially be used as a biomarker for neonatal brain damage.
A comparison of the nutritive sucking performance of full term and preterm neonates at hospital discharge: A prospective study
A peer-reviewed study featuring nfant® Feeding Solution, published in Early Human Development, showed objective feeding metrics produced by nfant®Analytics predicted the feeding-related length of stay of preterm and full-term infants. These findings reflect the emerging consensus that objective assessment of feeding ability during a hospital stay may help identify infants at risk for delay in discharge or readmission.
Abnormal nutritive sucking as an indicator of neonatal brain injury | Frontiers in Pediatrics — Neonatology
Measurement of infant tongue thickness using ultrasound: A technical note | Journal of Clinical Ultrasound
Quantifying neonatal sucking performance: Promise of new methods | Seminars in Speech and Language
Inadequate oral feeding as a barrier to discharge in moderately preterm infants | Journal of Perinatology
Machine learning techniques indicate relative risk for underlying post discharge feeding issues | Hot Topics in Neonatology
Objective improvement after frenotomy for posterior tongue-tie: A prospective randomized trial | Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
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