Does Baby Formula Cause Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)?

It had been speculated, and is now proven, that various Similac and Enfamil baby formula products can cause a dangerous medical condition in premature infants known as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Medical research has now linked these cow-milk based formulas to this dangerous digestive condition. The manufacturers of Similac and Enfamil were aware that the product could cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and failed to warn parents and families about this risk.

If your baby was delivered prematurely and consumed either Similac or Enfamil baby formula before developing NEC, your family could be eligible to receive compensation through a product liability case. Furthermore, as a parent, guardian, or caregiver of a child with NEC, you deserve answers. Talk to one of our product liability attorneys at The Barnes Firm and put our many years of experience and success to work for you.  You deserve to get compensation for the unnecessary pain and suffering you and your child have experienced because of the negligence of these product manufacturers. Call our product liability attorneys today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation. It could be the best call you make.

What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)?

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal problem that typically affects premature infants. This disease causes inflammation to the intestines, which can lead to holes in the intestine. These holes can cause bacteria in the intestine to leak into the abdomen and blood, causing serious illness.

Symptoms of NEC include:

  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Diarrhea or bloody stool
  • Abnormal breathing
  • Trouble feeding
  • Low blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Slowed heart rate

What Baby Formulas Can Cause Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Scientific studies have shown that premature infants that have consumed Similac and/or Enfamil baby formula products are more likely to develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Both products’ formulas use cow milk, which has a greater risk of causing NEC in premature infants. Up to 40% of newborns with NEC do not survive, and infants that live with NEC often suffer long-term injuries as a result.

The following products have been mentioned in this product liability lawsuit:

  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier
  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier Liquid High Protein
  • Enfamil NeuroPro Enfacare
  • Enfamil Premature 20 Cal
  • Enfamil Premature 24 Cal
  • Enfamil Premature 30 Cal
  • Enfamil 24
  • Similac Special Care
  • Similac Special Care 20
  • Similac Special Care 24
  • Similac Special Care 30
  • Similac NeoSure

The makers of Enfamil and Similac, Mead Johnson and Abbott Laboratories, have not listed NEC as a possible side effect of their baby formulas.

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Who Qualifies for a Baby Formula NEC Lawsuit?

If your child was fed cow-milk-based Similac or Enfamil baby formula and your child developed NEC, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Your baby may have consumed these products in the hospital or after they returned home. To find out if you qualify to file a Toxic Baby Formula NEC Lawsuit, call The Barnes Firm today at (800) 800-0000. It could be the best call you make.

Call The Barnes Firm For A Free Case Evaluation

At The Barnes Firm, we believe no one should suffer or be in pain because of dangerous products, especially baby formula. By taking legal action against companies with defection products, we can assure that safety always comes first, proper warning labels are put in place, and extensive research and development is done on these products.

If you think your child has been affected by toxic baby formula, you may be entitled to significant compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and much more.

Call our experienced product liability lawyers who specialize in baby formula product defects – call (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation. It could be the best call you make.

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