Necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, is one of the most devastating illnesses that premature babies can face. Unfortunately, doctors aren't sure exactly what causes NEC or how to prevent it. In a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, scientists have linked smoking during pregnancy with the development of NEC in preemies. Although many different factors were studied, maternal smoking was the only factor in the study that was consistently associated with NEC in babies.
Although it can be difficult to quit smoking, this newest study is even more evidence of how important it is for your baby's health.