Every NICU nurse is painfully aware of the impact of NEC (necrotising enterocolitis) on babies and families. Leading up to NEC Awareness day on the 17th May, we are writing a series of blog posts all about this disease so that families and friends of parents of NICU babies can understand what it means.
The lovely people at Bliss have written a very thorough description of the disease so rather than rewriting (and probably not describing it as succinctly as them) the link is here: https://www.bliss.org.uk/parents/about-your-baby/medical-conditions/necrotising-enterocolitis-nec-a-guide-for-parents.
There is a wonderful charity called NEC UK who are a parent led organisation and offer incredible support for those effected by the disease. They also are doing wonders in raising awareness of the disease, and are helping support research and studies into NEC.
Look out for our next blog article on neonatal stomas.