Baby Formula Lawyer
A baby formula lawsuit demands compensation for injuries if your baby was fed cow’s milk-based formula and suffered serious gastrointestinal problems. Premature babies need extra nutrition to support their ongoing development, and your baby may have been fed cow’s milk-based formula including Enfamil and Similac during their time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or at home to help support their growth and development.
Some premature infants are fed formula as their main source of nutrition, and some are fed their mother’s breast milk, or donor milk, and use formula as a fortifier.
Multiple studies over the past 20 years have shown that prematurely born babies who are fed cow’s milk-based formulas are 10 times more likely to develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) than those who only receive human milk.
NEC is a bowel disease that can cause a range of health problems and may necessitate surgery. Some of these health problems include sepsis or death.
Many parents were never informed of the risks associated with these cow’s milk-based formulas, and their manufacturers have failed to warn parents about the risks of necrotizing enterocolitis in premature babies.
- What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?
- What are the Signs of Necrotizing Enterocolitis?
- Are Cow’s Milk-Based Formulas Recalled?
- Can I Sue the Manufacturers of Enfamil and Similac?
- Contact Our Baby Formula Lawyers Today
What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)?
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a digestive disease that occurs primarily in premature babies and can cause inflammation of the intestinal lining. This inflammation can lead to serious infection or even death.
In some cases, the inflamed intestinal wall is eventually eroded away, which allows bacteria to enter the intestinal tract and jeopardizes the health of the infant. NEC usually occurs in infants who are born before 32 weeks gestation, and it develops between two to four weeks after birth.
NEC is the most common cause of gastrointestinal-related morbidity and mortality in the NICU, according to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of NEC?
The most obvious signs of NEC are swelling of the abdomen, and most signs occur within a few days to weeks. These include:
- Tender, swollen, or red stomach
- Decreased bowel sounds
- Abnormal breathing
- Bloody or dark stools
- Trouble feeding
- Low blood pressure
- A low or unstable body temperature
To diagnose NEC, a doctor may need to perform a blood test or fecal test or take an X-ray of the infant’s abdomen. The blood test checks for bacteria, while the fecal test checks for blood in the baby’s poop that isn’t visible to the naked eye. The X-ray can show signs of NEC, including air bubbles around the intestine, and air bubbles can also indicate a damaged bowel.
In some cases, scarring and narrowing of the bowel may develop and lead to a blockage. It is common for infants to require surgery for NEC. In fact, according to the Cleveland Clinic, 1 in 4 babies with necrotizing enterocolitis will need to have part of the intestines removed due to dead tissue.
Are Cow’s Milk-Based Formulas Recalled?
To date, Enfamil and Similac have not been recalled, despite not having accurate warnings about the side effects of NEC on their packaging. There have been previous recalls unrelated to NEC. The cow’s milk-based formulas include:
- Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier Acidified Liquid
- Enfamil Powder
- Enfamil NeuroPro Enfacare
- Enfamil Premature 20 Cal
- Enfamil Premature 24 Cal
- Enfamil Premature 30 Cal
- Enfamil 24 and DHA & ARA Supplement
- Similac Special Care
- Similac Human Milk Fortifier
- Similac NeoSure
- Similac Alimentum
- Similac Special Care
- Similac Special Care 30
Baby Formula Sales Statistics
About 80% of baby formulas are cow’s milk-based, some other brands are:
- Earth’s Best
- Happy Baby
- Go & Grow
- Parent’s Choice
However, as you’ll see below, in 2016 Mead Johnson, who manufacturers Enfamil, sold 74.9 million units of baby formula and Abbott Laboratories, who manufacturers Similac, sold 77 million units of baby formula in the United States alone.
Can I Sue the Manufacturers of Enfamil and Similac?
To date, multiple lawsuits have been filed by caregivers after their premature babies developed NEC after ingesting either Enfamil or Similac. According to the lawsuits, the manufacturers failed to warn parents and guardians about the associated health risks of the formula.
The manufacturers, Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson are being accused of failing to warn caregivers of potential gastrointestinal risks associated with cow’s milk-based formulas.
If your premature infant developed necrotizing enterocolitis from cow’s milk-based formula, you may be entitled to compensation.
Similac, Alimentum, & EleCare Powder Lawsuit
The FDA is also investigating complaints of at least four infant illnesses across three states, and is advising consumers to not use Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered infant formula manufactured at the Sturgis, Michigan-based Abbott Nutrition facility.
The US Food and Drug Administration recalled certain powdered baby formulas, including Similac, that may be tied to bacterial infections due to Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella.
According to the CDC, the current manufacturing methods for powdered baby formula do not allow for the possibility to produce sterile powdered formula. It is possible, but not confirmed, that Cronobacter could get into the formula powder if contaminated materials were used to make the formula or if the powder touches a contaminated item in the manufacturing environment.
If your infant was fed Similac, Alimentum or EleCare and later suffered from a bacterial infection, call our award-winning lawyers today.
Contact Our Baby Formula Lawyers
Contact our award-winning Drug Lawsuit Source attorneys today for your free case review if your premature baby was given Similac, Enfamil, or another cow’s milk-based formula and they developed necrotizing enterocolitis.
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