Your doctor will examine your baby for the following symptoms:
- abdominal distention (bloating or swelling)
- feedings stay in stomach
- bile-colored (green) fluid in stomach
- bloody bowel movements
- signs of infection such as apnea (stopping breathing), low heart rate, lethargy (sluggishness)
We may then suggest an x-ray to look for air in the intestines or the large veins of the liver.
In some cases, your doctor may insert a needle into your baby's abdominal cavity. Withdrawing intestinal fluid from the abdomen is often a sign of necrotizing enterocolitis.