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Necrotizing Enterocolitis Caused By Baby Formula

Was your baby born premature? Did you use a cow-milk-based formula and/or milk fortifier to help supplement your baby’s diet? Was your baby diagnosed with or treated for necrotizing enterocolitis? Evidence links cow-milk-based formula and milk fortifiers to necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Learn more about baby formula NEC lawsuits in this article and contact an attorney for a free case evaluation.

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What Is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Necrotizing enterocolitis is a serious health condition that typically affects premature babies. 9 out of 10 cases of NEC are found in babies who were born early.

NEC is a gastrointestinal problem that inflames and kills the intestinal tissue. When the tissue dies, a hole (perforation) can develop in the baby’s intestine. Bacteria leaks through the hole into the abdomen or into the bloodstream. Learn more about it from the Cleveland Clinic website.

Symptoms Of Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Since babies can’t talk, proper diagnosis is imperative. Common symptoms of necrotizing enterocolitis include:

  • abdominal pain and swelling
  •  changes in vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, breathing)
  •  diarrhea with blood in the stool
  •  green and/or yellow vomit
  •  lethargy
  •  loss of appetite
  •  lack of weight gain

Necrotizing Enterocolitis Is Dangerous

In a baby – especially a premature baby – necrotizing enterocolitis can be life-threatening. Catching NEC early and treating it properly is key to survival and recovery.

Additionally, even with treatment, the damage from NEC might be permanent. Treatment usually requires surgery to repair. Even with surgery, your baby could experience related health problems for the rest of their life.

Baby Formula Linked To Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Certain baby formulas can contribute to or cause preterm babies to develop NEC. This is formula you may have been recommended or even formula given to your baby in the NICU. Many times, parents aren’t even made aware of what the hospital is giving to the baby.

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Which Baby Formula Causes Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Formula made with cow’s milk or bovine fortifiers may increase the risk of developing necrotizing enterocolitis. Studies prove NEC is more common in babies who were fed this type of formula. Certain Enfamil and Similac brands of formula made with cow’s milk have been linked to NEC.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis Lawsuits

Parents can seek relief for medical expenses, ongoing and future care for their baby. If your baby has experienced NEC, it is possible you might have a valid claim for compensation. Talk to an experienced attorney about your situation.

NEC Lawsuit Attorney In Pennsylvania

If your baby was diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis, talk to an attorney with experience. In Pennsylvania, concerned parents should call the attorneys at Kane & Silverman for a free case evaluation.