Testing & Diagnosis for Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Children

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.