Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)
NEC is a serious disease that can
progress very quickly. It is highly
important to get treatment right
away if your baby is showing
signs or symptoms of NEC.
Necrotizing Enterocolitis is a rare
disease that develops when the
tissue in the inner lining of the small
and/or large intestine becomes
damaged and begins to die.
If left untreated quickly a hole may form in the wall of the intestine which can then leak into the abdomen and cause widespread infection. If this was to happen this is then considered a medical emergency were immediate treatment is required. Babies can become sick very quickly with NEC, having seemed well hours before.