WHAT IS NECROTIZING ENTEROCOLITIS?
Necrotizing Enterocolitis (“NEC”) is a dangerous gastrointestinal condition that primarily affects premature infants. NEC causes inflammation in the intestine, causing tissue to die and permanently damaging the intestinal tract. In addition, the dead tissue can cause a hole to form in the organ, allowing bacteria to leak into the abdomen and bloodstream.
NEC is a serious, potentially fatal condition, and it should be diagnosed by a doctor as soon as possible. It can require surgery to repair the baby’s intestines. Some symptoms of NEC include:
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Bloody and/or discolored stool
- Bile-colored vomit
- Refusal to feed
- Failure to gain weight
CAUSES OF NEC
Nearly all premature newborns are at risk for NEC due to their immature digestive systems and immune systems. In addition, researchers believe certain environmental factors can contribute risk for NEC.
Infant formula with cow’s milk is believed to almost double premature babies’ risk of developing NEC, according to recent studies. Common infant formulas include:
Scientists theorize that the contents of the formulas can cause NEC or premature babies’ intestines are unable to handle to formula, increasing their chances of developing NEC. Neither brand includes warnings on their labels to indicate potential risks associated with NEC and the formula.
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