Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious intestinal illness in babies that results in the death of intestinal tissues. NEC can lead to holes or areas of narrowing (strictures) in the intestines and is a cause of short bowel syndrome (SBS). In SBS, a child lacks enough small intestine to absorb all the nutrition their growing body needs.

How we care for necrotizing enterocolitis

At Boston Children's Hospital, we treat children with NEC in our Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation (CAIR), which includes a team of experts with decades of experience in caring for children with intestinal problems and their families. Our specialists include:

  • physicians trained in surgery, gastroenterology and nutrition
  • registered dieticians
  • nurse practitioners
  • nurses
  • pharmacist
  • social worker