What is NEC?

Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is a gastrointestial disease which typically affects premature babies. The disease creates both an infection and inflammation in the bowels. It is still rare in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units, but when a preemie gets it, chances of survival decrease dramatically.

NEC seems to occur within the first two weeks of birth. The baby usually has started milk feeding. There is still no known cause, only theories. The good news is that research continues. Doctors like Dr. Jae Kim are making their best efforts in finding the cause and prevention of NEC today.

2 responses to “What is NEC?”

  1. sheila says:

    im glad i came across this information on NEC ive put your website details on our premature baby blog for other parents to read

  2. Heather says:

    My daughter is a former 24 weeker with NEC, having 2/3 of her bowel removed. She is now 14 years old, and I was curious if there was any website or groups that discuss the aftermath of NEC and what we live with daily. Just seeing what is out there, because we are having so many GI problems now and curious to know what others may be doing?


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