NEC Bead (Necrotizing Enterocolitis)
This bead represents the struggles and the triumphs over a condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) NEC affects the intestines of as many as 13% of babies born before 26 weeks, and 3% of babies born between 30 and 32 weeks. In this condition, the lining of the intestines becomes infected and may die. When it’s caught early, NEC is treated with antibiotics and resting the belly. Feedings are stopped and infants receive nutrition through an IV. Serious cases will require surgery as it is a life threatening condition.