Promotion of Thickened Feeds to Manage Newborns With Feeding Difficulties

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 10, 2009
Last Update Posted : March 9, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David Oelberg, M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School

Brief Summary:

Swallowing dysfunction and delay of oral feeding skills in premature infants significantly delay discharge from the hospital. Thickening oral formula or breast milk feeds with commercial thickeners and rice cereal has been used in some nurseries with the goal of promoting development of adequate feeding skills. The objective of this pilot study is to examine the effect of thickened feeds on premature infants with oral feeding difficulties due to dysfunction secondary to immature swallowing.


  • Thickened feeds will lead to a reduction in symptoms secondary to immature swallowing in 32-40 weeks gestational age infants when compared to non-thickened feeds
  • Thickened feeds will promote transition to hospital discharge.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Swallowing Dysfunction Dietary Supplement: Simply Thick Phase 2

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 15 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Promotion of Thickened Feeds to Manage Newborns With Feeding Difficulties
Study Start Date : March 2008
Primary Completion Date : June 2009
Study Completion Date : September 2010

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Thickening of feeds Dietary Supplement: Simply Thick
Simply Thick® added to each bottle of formula or beast milk to create nectar or honey consistency
Other Name: Simply Thick®
No Intervention: Removal of thickener

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Elimination of symptoms associated with immature swallowing [ Time Frame: 2 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Promotes transition to discharge from hospital [ Time Frame: one week ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 3 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. apneas and bradycardias with oral feedings
  2. oxygen desaturations with oral feedings
  3. excessive coughing or gagging with oral feedings

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. less than 32 weeks adjusted gestational age
  2. greater than 40 weeks adjusted gestational age

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00859092

United States, Virginia
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 23501
Sponsors and Collaborators
David Oelberg, M.D.
Principal Investigator: David Oelberg, MD Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

Responsible Party: David Oelberg, M.D., Principal Investigator, Eastern Virginia Medical School Identifier: NCT00859092     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07-12-FB-0305
First Posted: March 10, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 9, 2012
Last Verified: March 2012