Premature babies have special needs and deserve the best chance of survival and normal growth. One of the life-threatening complications found in premature infants is necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). It has been reported that premature infants have over a 300 percent increased chance of developing NEC if they were provided cow’s milk formulas because their digestive tracks are intolerant to cow milk enzymes. NEC, a severe and potentially fatal inflammation of the intestinal tract, can cause the bowel to die, leading to the death of the infant. For premature infants that are able to recover from NEC, developmental delay, growth, retardation, and intestinal problems can persist.
The manufacturers of Similac (Abbott) and Enfamil (Mead Johnson) have produced, marketed, and sold their cow milk-based baby formulas without any warning regarding the risk to premature infants. The products involved include Similac Special Care, Similac Neosure, Enfamil NeuroPro, and Enfacare. There are many non-cow milk alternatives that do not expose vulnerable premature infants to NEC which carries almost a 50% death rate.
Cellino Law will work to obtain compensation for infants born at up to 36 weeks of gestation who were fed cow’s milk formulas Similac or Enfamil and diagnosed with NEC. The attorneys at Cellino Law are extensively experienced in representing our clients against medical, pharmaceutical, and over-the-counter product manufacturers that market products without adequate warning. Call us today for a free consultation.