Enfmail lawsuits have been filed by the parents of premature babies who were injured or died of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), a severe intestinal side effect of baby formula.
Need a Texas Enfamil Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If your baby was diagnosed with Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) from baby formula, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
UPDATE: Enfamil ProSobee Baby Formula Recalled
In February 2023, about 145,000 cans of Enfamil ProSobee Simply Plant-Based Infant Formula were recalled due to a risk of serious, life-threatening infections with Cronobacter sakazakii.
The recall includes two batches of ProSobee Simply Plant-Based Infant Formula (12.9-oz. cans): ZL2HZF or ZL2HZZ, with a UPC Code of 300871214415 and a Use-By Date of “1 Mar 2024.”
Enfamil Lawsuits Nationwide Centralized in One Federal Court
In April 2022, dozens of Enfamil lawsuits for babies with Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) were centralized into one federal court, under one judge, in a litigation process that is similar to a class action.
In the future, Enfamil and Similac baby formula lawsuits will be centralized in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 3026) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer — IN RE: Abbott Laboratories, et al., Preterm Infant Nutrition Products Liability Litigation.
What is Enfamil?
Enfamil® is a type of baby formula that is created from cow milk and other ingredients. It is manufactured by Mead Johnson & Company.
Types of Enfamil for Premature Babies
- Enfamil NeuroPro EnfaCare Infant Formula
- Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 24 Cal High Protein
- Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 30 Cal with Iron
- Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 24 Cal with Iron
- Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 20 Cal with Iron
- Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier
What is the Problem?
The intestines of a premature baby may not be able to properly digest Enfamil (or other types of baby formula, such as Similac). Enfamil may cause intestinal inflammation and other complications, resulting in a life-threatening or deadly case of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC).
A growing number of parents have filed Enfamil lawsuits against Mead Johnson & Co. for failing to warn about the risk of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC).
In fact, studies dating back to the 1990s have shown that Enfamil and other cow-milk-based baby formulas are 6-10 times more likely to cause NEC compared to breast milk in a premature baby. (Source: “Breast milk and neonatal necrotising enterocolitis”).
Even so, the label on Enfamil still does not warn about this deadly side effect. As a result, a growing number of Enfamil lawsuits have been filed by parents who accuse Mead Johnson & Co. of downplaying the deadly risks of giving Enfamil to a premature baby.
Enfamil Lawsuit Filed in Illinois After Premature Baby Develops NEC
An Enfamil lawsuit was filed in May 2021 after a premature baby boy developed NEC after being given Enfamil and/or Similac baby formula in the NICU. He survived, but required surgery to remove part of his intestines. Madison County Circuit Court case number 21-L-000560.
What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?
Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is an intestinal disease that occurs when large sections of the intestines become inflamed. It is far more likely in premature babies who are fed formula.
In severe cases, parts of the intestinal wall dies and creates a hole that allows bacteria to leak out into the abdomen. Bacteria can quickly create an infection that spreads throughout the body, resulting in a life-threatening or deadly case of sepsis (bloodstream infection).
What is the Risk?
Tragically, NEC is deadly in about 20-30% of babies. Many babies only survive after undergoing a major surgery to remove the diseased part of their intestines, which can result in lifelong nutritional issues, developmental delays, and more.
Doctors May Recommend Enfamil Without Warning Parents
When a baby is born prematurely, it may not be able to breastfeed effectively — but because the baby needs extra calories to grow, hospitals may give them Enfamil (or breast milk mixed with formula). Unfortunately, not all parents are warned about the risk of NEC.
Symptoms of Necrotizing Enterocolitis
The symptoms of necrotizing enterocolitis can occur suddenly or develop over several days:
- Not being able to digest food
- Stomach swelling or bloating
- Pain when someone touches the abdomen
- Bloody stools or diarrhea
- Decreased activity
- Slow heart rate or breathing problems
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