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Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)

Symptoms and Signs of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)

The most common symptoms of NEC include:

  • Abdominal distention
  • Feedings staying in the stomach
  • Feeding intolerance
  • Bile-colored fluid in the stomach
  • Bloody bowel movements
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting (bile-colored vomit)
  • Signs of infection such as apnea, low heart rate and lethargy
  • Temperature instability

Advanced cases may show fluid in the abdominal cavity, an infection of the membrane lining the abdomen or shock. 

Locations for Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)