Necrotizing enterocolitis by the numbers

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386 infants died of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in 2011—more than the number children under five who died in car accidents; and more than the number of adults and children who died of food allergies; and more than the number who died of influenza, choking on hot dogs, and from accidents involving drop-side cribs combined.

Necrotizing enterocolitis in numbers_milk bankingBeing fed formula is a risk factor; studies suggest that using donor milk instead would cut the risk of NEC by about 79%.

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  1. […] Ready-to-feed formula should be used for any infant who may not be able to handle the potential risks of contaminants in powdered formula or the water used to reconstitute it, such as those infants born early or those who are immunocompromised. Ready-to-feed formula, while more expensive, is more convenient, as well, and you know it’s always properly constituted. Premature infants should, idealy, be receiving human milk from a milk bank and only fortifiers made from human milk, because there are risks of formula feeding for these babies that go beyond potential contaminants. Necrotizing enterocolitis is a real, huge, potentially fatal concern for fragile infants, a concern … […]

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