What may exacerbate early necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)?

Updated: Dec 27, 2017
  • Author: Shelley C Springer, JD, MD, MSc, MBA, FAAP; Chief Editor: Muhammad Aslam, MD  more...
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Cessation of feeding and initiation of broad-spectrum antibiotics in every baby with feeding intolerance impedes proper nutrition and exposes the baby to unnecessary antibacterials that may predispose to fungemia. However, failure to intervene appropriately for the baby with early NEC may exacerbate the disease and worsen the outcome. Clearly, managing this population requires a high degree of clinical suspicion for possible untoward events, tempered by cautious watching and waiting.


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