Necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, is a complex disease that affects premature newborns. For parents, it can be hard to understand and process all the terms and different elements of the disease, diagnosis and treatment. That’s why we have created this infographic guide to NEC. It is our hope that parents will find the information useful and easy to understand.
Understanding the basic elements of a disease like NEC is the best way that parents can help their child. Parents knowing what to watch for and getting medical help right away is one of the best ways to prevent NEC from doing permanent damage.
Parents Should Be Aware of Formula Dangers
As a parent, your primary concern is making sure your child has everything that he or she needs to survive and thrive. One of the most important elements of that is nutrition. Unfortunately, most parents are not away of the dangers of using infant formula. Brands like Similac and Enfamil promise all the same benefits as human milk. But the reality is that premature infants cannot adequately process the proteins found in cow’s milk. As a result, food may sit in the intestines for longer than is healthy, which causes bacteria to grow.
There are numerous research studies that show that cow’s milk-based formulas increase the risk of NEC substantially. Furthermore, numerous trials and studies have also shown that feeding newborns an exclusive human milk diet decreases the risk of NEC substantially. Experts believe that the best way to prevent NEC and related deaths is to prioritize human milk feedings. Human milk contains nutrients that manufacturers simply cannot reproduce. The nutrients in human milk help build the newborn’s immune system and other functions. It also helps prevent inflammation and infection, as well as diseases like NEC.
Learn More about Dangerous Formulas
If your newborn developed NEC after being fed cow’s milk-based formulas, contact us today. You may be entitled to compensation for the injuries your child has suffered. When you contact us, we review your situation at no cost and offer advice based on what we find. If you have an NEC injury claim, we will help you hold those responsible accountable. Find out more by calling us at 866-913-0571, or by completing our online contact form.