Similac lawsuits have been filed for babies who developed Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening intestinal disease that is linked to baby formula.
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What is Similac?
Similac® is a brand of baby formula that is created from cow’s milk and other ingredients. It is sold by Abbott Laboratories and advertised for babies under 12 months old, including premature babies.
Similac for Premature Babies
Several types of Similac are specifically advertised for premature babies, including Similac Special Care®, NeoSure® and Human Milk Fortifier®.
What is the Problem?
Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is a potentially deadly side effect of Similac and other baby formulas (such as Enfamil), but there are no warnings on the label. Instead, the label only generally warns: “Very-low-birthweight infants are particularly susceptible to gastrointestinal complications.”
What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) occurs when large sections of the intestines become inflamed and die in response to feeding. The necrotic (dead) section of the intestines can create a hole that allows bacteria to leak into the abdomen, resulting in a severe infection that spreads rapidly and causes death.
What is the Risk?
NEC occurs in 7-12% of premature babies who are born weighing less than 3.3 pounds. Tragically, about 30% of cases are deadly. Many babies only survive after undergoing surgery to remove the damaged part of the intestines, but this can result in complications, such as:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Hole in the intestines
- Lifelong digestive problems
- Need for parenteral (IV) feeding
- Failure to thrive
- Developmental delays and neurological disabilities
- Narrow or blocked parts of the intestines (strictures and adhesions)
- Liver disease (cholestasis)
- Short bowel syndrome
- Abdominal inflammation (peritonitis)
- Bloodstream infections (sepsis)
- And more
Baby Formula and Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Necrotizing Enterocolitis is 6- to 10-times more common when premature babies are fed cow’s-milk-based baby formula rather than breast milk (or pasteurized donor breast milk).
Numerous studies have confirmed this since the 1990s, but despite 30 years of evidence, premature babies are still commonly fed formula in the NICU soon after they are born. This is because premature babies may be unable to breastfeed, and yet they need extra calories to grow.
In May 2021, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of a premature baby boy who developed NEC and died after being fed Similac infant formula in the NICU at Valley Children’s Hospital in Merced, California.
The baby, Daniel R., was born at 31 weeks gestation and died when he was only 16 days old. His parents filed a lawsuit accusing Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Company of failing to warn them about the risk of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) from baby formula.
The lawsuit was filed on May 14, 2021, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California — Case Number 1:21-cv-00798-AWI-SKO.
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