Is there any way to predict or prevent the symptoms of necrotizing enterocolitis?

No! There is unfortunately no way to predict who or when a baby gets necrotizing colitis. The more premature a baby is the higher the likelihood of nec. But there a long list of other reasons that can predispose a child to have nec.
No. Research is ongoing to try to find ways to predict or prevent nec. This includes things like early "trophic" feedings (small feedings even in the first few hours of life), "prebiotics" and probiotics, as well as breast milk and donor breast milk feedings. There is no single way that is known to predict or prevent nec in a high risk infant.

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What can cause an infant to get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Pre mature babies. Necrotizing enterocolitis nec frequantly seen low birth weight premature babies, exact cause is not clearly known, likely due to lack of oxygen to intestine due low flow of blood, sepsis, intestinal mucosa, not fully developed or damage to it by high concentration of milk ( reasons for breast feedings). Read more...

Why are premies the ones who get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Not known. There are many theories but the answer to this question is not for certain. Read more...
Immature gut. Prematures have an immature gut that is more susceptible to decreased blood flow, infection, and other associated premature problems such as sepsis, premature lung disease, etc. Research is ongoing to try to isolate different causes so that they can be recognized early or prevented if possible. Read more...
Immature immune syst. Immature immune systems in the premature babies are likely mainly responsible for this serious infection that is nec (resulting from bacterial infvasion of the bowel wall). Read more...

Could human milk fortifier cause necrotizing enterocolitis?

NEC. They really don't know the cause. This site will give you more information, as well as risk factors. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001148.htm. Read more...

Please tell me what is necrotizing enterocolitis?

Colon infection. In certain instances,following some antibiotics,the resident or good bacteria in colon is also, wiped out,the bad bacteria causes a serious colon infection,starts of off with severe diarrhea,the lining of colon begins to slough off,a life threatening condition,treatment is to be early,and aggressive . Read more...

What are the tests for necrotizing enterocolitis?

Xray. Premature babies who have feeding problems, stomach distention, rectal bleeding, vomiting, etc. Are at risk for nec. Usually a simple x-ray of the abdomen can detect gas in the lining of the intestine or gas outside of the intestine which suggests perforation. Blood tests can be abnormal, but they are non-specific. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: Necrotizing enterocolitis?

NEC. necrotizing enterocolitis is one of the most common GI emergencies in a newborn infant carecterized by ischemic necrosisof the intestinal mucosa with inflammation ,invasion of enteric gas forming organisms dissection of gas in the muscularis and portal venous system. Read more...

What is the treatment for necrotizing enterocolitis?

Stop feedings. Treatment for nec included stopping the feedings, nasogastric tube suction, antibiotics, and in severe cases, surgery to resect non-viable bowel. Read more...

Can full term babies get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Yes but rare. Very rarely a full term baby can get necrotizing enterocolitis. It usually occurs in full term babies in the first 1-3 days of life. Most often there is a predisposing reason such as birth asphyxia, respiratory distress, congenital heart disease, or metabolic abnormalities, or has a history of abnormal fetal growth pattern. There can also be maternal issues that predispose a full term baby to nec. Read more...

Do full term babies ever get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Rarely. Necrotizing enterocolitis usually happens because the bowel was deprived oxygen. Most term newborns don't have problems but those that have respiratory problems and infection or other issues which can decrease the oxygenation to the bowel can ge nec. Read more...