Many children born prematurely after 1991 suffered serious side effects when they were fed cow’s milk-based formulas or fortifiers during their first weeks of life. One of the most common conditions children experience from these formulas is called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a dangerous neonatal digestive disease that is often fatal.
Lawsuits are now underway to hold the manufacturers of these formulas responsible for the harm they’ve caused to helpless children and their families. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our infant formula lawsuit lawyers are accepting inquiries on these cases now.
If your child suffered from NEC, a severe injury, or illness from the use of cow’s milk-based baby formulas, our team of lawyers is here to help. Simply contact us today to speak to a lawyer about your case.
Baby Formulas That Have Caused Harm to Preterm Children
Two of the most prominent formulas currently under scrutiny for their effects on children are Enfamil and Similac. These formulas were designed to resemble human breast milk using cow’s milk fortified with many ingredients and nutrients.
Tragically, these formulas have now been linked to an increased risk in NEC. Here is a comprehensive list of formulas that may have contributed to the development of NEC and other gastrointestinal issues in newborns:
- Earth’s Best
- Happy Baby
- Go & Grow
- Parent’s Choice
- Baby’s Only
The Effects of Baby Formulas Made with Cow’s Milk
The most notable side effects of these formulas on preterm babies are gastrointestinal issues. Necrotizing enterocolitis causes the death of intestinal tissue, which may be amongst the most dangerous of complications.
Up to 40% of NEC cases in infants are fatal. Researchers have found that infants fed formulas with cow’s milk-derived fortifiers face a four-fold increase in NEC and a five-fold increase in NEC requiring surgery or resulting in death.
Common symptoms of NEC include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal bloating
- Feeding difficulties
- Bloody stool
- Unstable body temperature
- Unstable breathing
- Unstable heart rate
- Unstable blood pressure
The NEC-linked baby formulas may also lead to complications that include sepsis, peritonitis, intestinal perforation, liver problems, intestinal stricture, and short bowel syndrome. Though several forms of treatment are available to babies with NEC, doctors often need to operate to remove dead bowel tissue and perform colostomies or ileostomies.
While newborns can survive this condition, they will often suffer severe side effects, some of which can be severely debilitating and lead to life-long challenges. If your baby was harmed by infant formula, you deserve compensation. Our attorneys are experienced and ready to fight your NEC lawsuit.
Our Baby Formula Lawyers Are Here to Help Victims
Many baby formula manufacturers failed to warn users and medical professionals of the risks associated with their products. For the children and families who have suffered because of manufacturers’ negligence, there are legal options available to hold the negligent manufacturers accountable.
Victims of dangerous products can demand compensation for the many damages they have suffered. If you’re considering exploring your legal options, you have an ally at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough.
We’re currently investigating baby formula cases, and we want to hold the manufacturers of Enfamil, Similac, and other dangerous cow’s milk-derived fortified formulas responsible for the harm they have caused to so many families in the United States.
Contact our infant formula lawsuit lawyers today to schedule a free consultation with our legal team.