The Dangers of Formula in Premature Infants

By Sarah King

Feb 02

The Dangers of Formula in Premature Infants

Lawsuits are being filed after infants who were born prematurely are suffering from Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). 

When babies are born before 37 weeks, they are considered premature and in many cases are sent to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to receive extra care due to the fact that their organs and respiratory system are not as developed as babies born full-term.

Studies show that breast milk is the best option for premature infants to get the nutrition they need to thrive, however, sometimes breast milk is not available and healthcare providers supplement with baby formula. 

Cow-based formulas can put premature babies at risk for NEC. This is a gastrointestinal disorder causing intestines to inflame and tissue to die ultimately leading to bacterial leaking and sepsis causing severe injury and even death in the premature infant. 

A lawsuit was filed by the parents of a preterm baby when 16 days after birth the baby succumbed to NEC. The healthcare providers taking care of the premature baby fed the baby Similac, a cow-based baby formula that caused NEC to the infant. 

The wrongful death lawsuit claims that Similac baby formula is not properly disclosing the risk of NEC to premature infants on any of its materials. 

Did your premature baby suffer from NEC?

If your premature baby was diagnosed with NEC and fed Similac or another cow-based formula, you may qualify to file a lawsuit.

Philadelphia Product Liability and Injury Attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling product liability cases resulting in injury or wrongful death. Our extremely skilled team of attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If your child has suffered from or a loved one has suffered a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, brachial plexus, shoulder dystocia, Erb’s palsy or any other type of birth injury or avoidable illness such as Necrotizing Enterocolitis, contact the attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.

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