New examination has connected milk-based newborn child formulas like Similac and Enfamil to a risky neonatal ailment known as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). If your premature child was determined to have NEC subsequent to being given Similac or Enfamil formula (or another bovine formula), you might have the option to bring an NEC formula lawsuit against the manufacturers and get monetary compensation for your misfortune.
Table of Contents
Infant Formulas are Linked to NEC in Premature Babies
Infants born prematurely require additional sustenance to support their turn of events and development. Numerous untimely newborn children, notwithstanding, are not actually ready to breastfeed feed so they are for the most part given child recipe all things being equal. Similac and Enfamil are the two driving brands of baby equation.
Most child recipes, like Similac and Enfamil, are produced using cow milk with different supplements and fixings added to mirror human bosom milk. Late logical exploration has shown that cow-milk-based equations, for example, Similac and Enfamil can make newborn children bound to foster a risky neonatal stomach related infection called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
What is NEC?
NEC is a dangerous bacterial infection that attacks the gastrointestinal system of premature infants. NEC causes inflammation and rapid decay of the intestinal tissue. A hole may form in the wall of the intestines causing bacteria to leak. NEC is one of the leading causes of neonatal death.
NEC only occurs in 1 out of every 2,000 full-term live births in the U.S. The condition is much more common, however, in premature births. NEC occurs in about 10% of all premature babies (born 37 weeks or earlier). Approximately half of all premature babies with NEC will die. The mortality rate for NEC is even higher (close to 98%) for premature babies with a birthweight under 1000 grams.
Cow Milk Formulas Increase the Risk of NEC in Preemies
The exact cause of NEC is not fully understood, but there are numerous scientific and clinical studies definitively proving that cow-milk-based infant formulas, such as Similac and Enfamil, significantly increase the risk of a premature infant developing NEC.
In 2019, Cochrane released a comprehensive study comparing health results for premature babies fed with bovine formula versus human milk. The Cochrane study eliminated any lingering doubts about a connection between cow-milk-based formulas and NEC in premature infants. Preemies fed with cow-milk formulas such as Enfamil or Similac are 10 times more likely to get NEC compared to those fed with breast milk.
Formula Companies Failed to Warn About the Risks of NEC
The leading cow-milk formula brands in the U.S. are Similac and Enfamil. Enfamil is manufactured by Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (“Mead”). Similac is made by Abbott Laboratories Inc. (“Abbott”). Abbott and Mead have long been aware of the scientific evidence showing that their formulas increase the risk of NEC in premature infants.
Despite being well aware of the link between their formulas and the risk of NEC, Abbott and Meade deliberately chose not to include a warning label about the NEC risk on their product labeling. Meade and Abbott continued to market their products as safe and failed to warn consumers about this risk.
NEC Lawsuits Against Baby Formula Makers
A growing number of infants and parent who were fed with cow-milk formula and subsequently developed NEC are filing product liability lawsuits against the formula manufacturers (Abbott and Mead) for failure to warn. These NEC lawsuits allege that Abbott and Meade had a duty to warn about the risks of NEC and their baby formula products but deliberately failed to include any such warning while continuing to market their products as safe.