Recent medical studies show that cow milk-based formulas such as Similac and Enfamil are linked to a dangerous neonatal condition known as Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). These formulas are made from cow milk with various nutrients and ingredients made to mimic human breast milk. While making tons of money, the manufacturers of these formulas ignored the science over the past 30 years that have told us that cow milk formulas cause bacterial septic overload in the stomach of premature babies.

Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Company have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their products prior to sale. As a result of their negligence, families all over have had to deal with losing their children to what they thought was a safe product.

What is NEC?

NEC is a very serious bacterial infection that can develop in the gastrointestinal system of newborn infants. When NEC forms, it can cause inflammation of the intestinal tissue and cause rapid tissue decay. A hole may form in the baby’s intestines causing bacteria to leak out of the abdomen. Even a mild case of NEC can be life threatening for a premature baby.

The medical professional in charge of your infant’s care should monitor for the following symptoms:

  •     Swollen, red, or tender stomach
  •     Abdominal pressure
  •     Diarrhea
  •     Fluctuations in temperature
  •     Abnormal breathing
  •     Low blood pressure

NEC Consequences 

Even when NEC is not fatal, it can result in other long-term or permanent complications and serious health consequences. 1 out every 3 babies with NEC will develop intestinal strictures. NEC causes a narrowing of the intestines. Intestinal strictures can make it difficult for food to pass through and may require surgery to correct. If NEC requires surgical removal of the intestinal tissue, it can cause short bowel syndrome and impact the baby’s growth and development.

NEC Lawsuit

As of now, multiple lawsuits have been filed by parents after their children developed necrotizing enterocolitis after using either Similac or Enfamil baby formula.

Families have been filing medical malpractice lawsuits in necrotizing enterocolitis lawsuits for years. So the settlement compensation in these lawsuits, if successful, has a history that can guide us in determining possible settlement amounts in these lawsuits. If you believe your child developed NEC as a result of a cow-milk-based formula, contact us today.

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Content edited by personal injury attorney Judd Shaw. From the beginning, Judd established a set of Core Values laying out the pursuit for excellence in client service. He is a regular host of the Working The Wow podcast, with the belief that providing an exceptional client experience is just as important as delivering a quality service or product. You can find us in Red Bank and Tom‘s River, New Jersey.