Cow’s milk-based baby formula and milk fortifier products (like Enfamil™ and Similac®) are more likely to develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a serious potentially fatal gastrointestinal illness that is seen mostly in premature babies and low-birth-weight babies.
Studies have found that premature babies appear to develop NEC and other problems at higher rates when fed formula that is made with cow’s milk compared to preemies who consume breast milk.
Separately, Abbott Nutrition announced a voluntary recall of its Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formulas in February 2022 following reports of bacterial infections and other potentially deadly complications.
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), the most common gastrointestinal emergency in premature infants, occurs when the wall of the intestine is invaded by bacteria, leading to infection and inflammation that can ultimately destroy the wall of the bowels. This condition's predisposing factors are prematurity, formula feeding, and sepsis.
The infection that develops as a result of NEC often requires surgery that can lead to further gastrointestinal diagnoses or injuries.
Can Baby Formula Cause NEC?
While not all baby formula products carry a risk of digestive disease, some cow milk-based products made by Enfamil™ and Similac® do pose a risk to a child’s health. If you have any of the following products in your home, you should dispose of them and find a safer alternative for your child:
- Similac Special Care 20
- Similac NeoSure
- Similac Special Care 24
- Similac Special Care 30
- Similac Special Care 24 - High Protein
- Similac Liquid Protein Fortifier
- Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier
- Enfamil NeuroPro EnfaCare
- Enfamil 24 Cal
Who Can File a Baby Formula Lawsuit?
You may be able to file an NEC baby formula lawsuit if your child was:
- Born prematurely
- Fed cow’s milk-based formula or milk fortifier
- Diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), suffered from the severe stomach or intestinal problems, or needed to have surgery to help the problems
Even if this happened years ago, you may still have a case. If your child suffered and it could have been prevented, you have rights.
If you’re eligible, our experienced baby formula lawyers can help you navigate the legal process at no out-of-pocket costs to you and your family.
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