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Enfamil® and Similac® Baby Formula Lawsuits

Enfamil and Similac baby formula lawsuits are being filed by parents of premature babies who were fed Enfamil or Similac formula and developed necrotizing enterocolitis.

Premature babies need extra care and often need extra nutrition, but studies have shown that feeding them bovine-based (cow’s milk) formula can cause them to develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).  NEC is a bowel disease that causes tissue to die, sometimes causing holes in the baby’s intestines which can lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening, infections. Abbot Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Company, the makers of the Similac and Enfamil baby formulas, have never put a warning on their products to alert parents about this threat to their babies’ health.

If you fed your premature infant Enfamil or Similac baby formula and they developed necrotizing enterocolitis, and you are considering a baby formula lawsuit, call us at 202-914-1454 or submit your case details online. Someone will contact you shortly. You pay nothing unless your lawsuit is successful and you receive compensation.

At Trustwell Law, our experienced attorneys take a personalized, compassionate approach. We cut through the legalese and partner with our clients. We have access to the expertise, resources, and manpower to fully investigate each case and fight for and with our clients to get the justice they deserve.

Premature Babies and Baby Formula

Having a baby, whether premature or full-term, is a blessed but stressful and life-changing event. And babies born early need special care and attention. Those “preemies” also often need extra nutrition. But studies have shown that premature babies fed some brands of baby formula, specifically bovine-based baby formulas such as Similac and Enfamil, are more likely to develop the bowel disease necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Typically, NEC develops in two- to six-week-old babies who were born early.

One study of more than 900 premature infants found that:

  • Preterm infants fed baby formula were 6 to 10 times more likely to develop NEC than those fed only breast milk.
  • Preterm infants fed baby formula were 3 times more likely to develop NEC than those fed both breast milk and baby formula.

That is one study. There are others. In fact, in 2012, a group of medical professionals representing the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that premature babies should only be fed human milk due to cow’s milk creating too much risk the babies would develop NEC.

Enfamil and Similac Baby Formulas Do Not Warn Parents

Yet, despite this knowledge, Abbot Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Company, the makers of Similac and Enfamil baby formulas, have never placed a warning on their products to alert the public about the threat of necrotizing enterocolitis. This failure to warn is the basis of the baby formula lawsuits.

Unsuspecting parents already facing the stress of caring for a premature baby were never warned that their choice of baby formula could cause their baby to develop a serious disease.

Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Company have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their products and to give appropriate warnings when the products create unusual risks. This is especially true for products like baby formula, because it is sold to be used by vulnerable populations, which certainly includes preterm babies.  

Too many families have had to endure unnecessary illness, and even the death of their children, without ever being warned of the risk or given the choice to avoid it.

What Is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Necrotizing enterocolitis is a gastrointestinal bacterial infection that most commonly occurs in premature babies. NEC causes inflammation that may lead to tissue death in the intestines.  The infection is treated with antibiotics, and sometimes surgery is needed to repair or remove the damaged intestine.

NEC may lead to serious health problems and complications, including:

  • Sepsis (A life-threatening medical emergency, sepsis happens when an infection triggers a chain reaction throughout the body. Without rapid treatment, sepsis can quickly cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death.)
  • Intestinal strictures (narrowing in the intestines making it difficult for food to pass)
  • Perforation of intestinal tissue
  • Development problems

Necrotizing enterocolitis may also lead to death.

Symptoms of NEC may include:

  • Trouble eating and gaining weight
  • Diarrhea with blood or dark stools
  • Constipation
  • Ileus (temporary lack of normal muscle contractions in the intestines)
  • Yellow or green vomit
  • Distended abdomen (stomach is abnormally swollen outward)
  • Abnormal breathing or apnea (temporary breathing interruptions)
  • Fluctuations in temperature
  • Low heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Listlessness
  • Shock (in advanced cases of NEC

Baby Formula Lawyers

Do you want to consult a baby formula lawyer?

If your child was premature, fed Similac or Enfamil baby formula, and suffered from necrotizing enterocolitis, you may be entitled to compensation.

Contact us for a free consultation. The companies that failed to warn you about the potential danger their products posed to your baby should be held accountable.

 

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