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Effective Treatment for Preemies

Bradley Mattes   |   May 09, 2013

Australian doctors have come up with a cheap and simple answer to a serious health problem with premature babies. NEC is when the baby’s gut has bad bacteria instead of the good stuff, and it can be a deadly condition. It can also cause cerebral palsy. There’s no effective treatment to cure NEC, so they concentrate on preventing it. These doctors found that giving a preemie a probiotic supplement with breast milk through a feeding tube is successful—so much, they now routinely give it to all babies born eight weeks or more premature. At first it cut the cases of bowel disease in half, but now all babies given the probiotic at Nepean Hospital have avoided the disease. The treatment also reduces inflammation. Let’s hope that American hospitals are soon giving it here.

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