Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for enterocolitis?

You should consult a gastroenterologist or a pediatrician for enterocolitis.

2. Is early feeding with colostrum/human milk helpful in reducing necrotizing enterocolitis?

Yes, it is beneficial as colostrum and mother’s milk contain many protective elements, which help fight many infections in babies.

3. What is the role of probiotics in enterocolitis patients?

Probiotics contain live bacteria and yeasts that are good for health. They help maintain a digestive balance and healthy gut flora.

4. Are there any disorders or conditions associated with NEC?

Yes, some studies show that NEC can be associated with congenital heart disease, severe asphyxia and polycythemia.

5. What is the survival rate of pre-term infants with NEC?

It is a dangerous condition with severe complications; and requires surgical intervention to treat it. According to reports, fatality rate of NEC surgery can be as high as 50%.

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