Preterm Babies Faced Serious Injury and Harm from Certain Infant Formulas

Seeing your child in distress due to illness or a serious health problem is many parents’ worst nightmare. It can be especially distressing for parents of preterm babies, whose low birth weight and immature organs put them at even greater risk of serious complications.

Unfortunately, many preterm children born after 1991 suffered significant health problems when they were fed cow’s milk-based formulas or fortifiers during their first weeks of life.

Complications of Cow’s Milk-Based Formula

In addition to general gastrointestinal issues, the primary injury these children suffered is called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), and it can cause symptoms including:

  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Changes in heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of energy
  • Refusal to eat and failure to thrive

Other children who consumed cow’s milk-based formula may have developed life-threatening and life-changing complications that include:

  • Intestinal perforation
  • Removal of a portion of the intestines
  • Sepsis
  • Cerebral palsy

Which Formulas Caused Issues in Preterm Babies?

Formulas that may have contributed to the development of NEC and other gastrointestinal issues include:

  • Enfamil
  • Similac
  • Earth’s Best
  • Happy Baby
  • Go & Grow
  • Gerber
  • Parent’s Choice
  • Baby’s Only
  • Loulouka
  • Holle
  • Kendamil
  • Bobbie
  • Lebenswert

Ensuring your child is well-fed is a top priority for parents, and that’s why countless new parents counted on cow’s milk-based formula for their preterm babies’ nutrition during their first few weeks of life. But unfortunately, the products they trusted may have caused significant harm to their children—some of whom even died from the effects of NEC and other gastrointestinal issues.

If your child developed NEC or gastrointestinal issues after being given cow’s milk-based formula, the defective product lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. We have years of experience holding negligent manufacturers responsible for the harm they cause consumers.

If you or a loved one want to speak to one of our attorneys, simply contact us today for a free consultation.