You are transporting a preterm infant in respiratory distress to a facility for a higher level of care. The parents question why their baby will not be eating immediately. Your best response should be

A. “We do not want the baby to eat because he has to have more tests.” B. “The baby will receive IV nutrition so it’s no big deal.” C. “The baby has high residual glucose from you [indicating the mother], and stress releases more glucose so that feeding at this time would cause hyperglycemia.” D. “Respiratory distress leads to an increased risk for aspiration and hypoxia that may inhibit normal intestinal function.”

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