Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
In particular, premature babies appear to develop NEC and other problems at higher rates when fed formula that is made with cow’s milk when compared with preemies who consume breast milk, studies have found. Separately, Abbott Nutrition announced a voluntary recall of its Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum and EleCare powdered infant formulas in February 2022 following reports of bacterial infections and other potentially deadly complications.
Contact a baby formula lawyer
You may have a claim if your premature baby developed NEC after consuming a cow milk-based formula, or if your full-term baby became sick after consuming a recalled product made by Abbott Nutrition. Contact medical attorneys Fidelma Fitzpatrick or Carmen Scott by email or call 1.800.768.4026 for more information.
Abbott Nutrition baby formula recall
Abott Nutrition issued a voluntary recall of its Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum and EleCare baby formula products after receiving multiple complaints of Cronobacter and Salmonella bacterial infections, gastrointestinal ailments and at least one death.
Effects of Cronobacter infections can be life-threatening and include:
Effects of life-threatening Salmonella infections include:
Blood in urine or stool
Head and body aches
Parents are encouraged to locate the lot number that is printed on their baby formula container to determine whether it is included in the recall. Abbott recalled the following Similac, Alimentum and EleCare lot numbers:
The lot code’s first two digits are 22 through 37
The code contains K8, SH or Z2
The expiration date is April 1, 2022 or later
Abbott recalled the following Similac PM 60/40 lot numbers:
Cans containing lot code 27032K80
Cases containing lot code 27032K800
Symptoms of NEC
Necrotizing enterocolitis tends to develop within the first few weeks of an infant’s life. Newborns with the condition experience severe inflammation of the large intestine that can damage or even kill intestinal tissue. Weakened tissue makes the infants more susceptible to life-threatening infections as it allows bacteria to leak into the bloodstream and body.
While any newborn can develop NEC, babies born prematurely are especially high risk. Symptoms of the disease may present differently depending on the infant, but can include:
Bloating or swelling of the abdomen
Bile in the stomach, or green-colored vomit
Trouble passing food through the intestines
Formula is more difficult to digest than breast milk, according to Stanford Children’s Hospital, and breast milk contains antibodies, enzymes and other substances that help premature babies fight infections. Preemies that are fed formula made with cow milk and do not receive breast milk are at a higher risk of developing NEC, according to the Children’s Hospital.
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