necrotising enterocolitis

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Necrotising enterocolitis is a life threatening illness occurring in the first few weeks of life, most commonly in small preterm infants. The overall incidence is 3 per 1000 live births, but it can occur in as many as 10% of infants weighing less than 1.5 kg at birth.

Breast fed babies are at less risk of development of this condition.

Last reviewed 06/2021