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Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)?

NEC is a disease that causes infection and inflammation in your baby's bowel. It usually happens within the first 2 weeks after birth and is more common in premature infants.

What increases my baby's risk for NEC?

The cause of NEC is unknown. Bacteria are thought to be a possible cause. The following may increase your baby's risk:

What are the signs and symptoms of NEC?

How is NEC diagnosed?

How is NEC treated?

Further information

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my baby's doctor?

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