Necrotizing Enterocolitis Mass Tort

 

Was your premature baby diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)? If so, it may be a result of the type of baby formula that your baby was fed in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) which sometimes called the special care nursery.

Gluckstein Lawyers is investigating potential claims on behalf of premature infants who have been diagnosed with NEC and now suffer from serious long term consequences.

 

What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)?

Necrotizing enterocolitis is a serious condition affecting premature babies that causes an inflammation of the intestinal tissue ultimately killing that tissue. NEC usually develops within weeks after birth. This can result in a hole or perforation of the baby’s intestines. Bacteria may enter the stomach or bloodstream through this perforation, causing conditions such as the following: ·

  • Abdominal infections (such as peritonitis) which may increase the risk of sepsis, a life-threatening blood infection
  • Intestinal stricture, a condition which narrows the baby’s intestines and makes it difficult for food to pass through, and which may require surgery to open up the intestine
  • Short bowel (or short gut) syndrome, a condition which makes it difficult for the body to absorb fluids and nutrients, and which requires life-long care to ensure adequate nutrition
  • Growth failure and developmental delays, requiring close follow-up and monitoring of the child’s growth and development. 

 

What Causes NEC?

Infants have weaker digestive systems, and premature babies have weaker immune systems. When a premature baby gets an intestinal infection, the baby’s immune and digestive systems have a hard time fighting it.

There are three main types of infant formula:

  • cow milk protein based formulas
  • soy-based formula
  • protein hydrolysate formulas

Many hospitals use baby formula products which are high-calorie cow milk based products or fortifiers that are designed specifically for premature babies. Examples include Enfamil and Similac. However, in preterm and low birth weight infants, feeding with formula rather than human breast milk results a higher risk of developing necrotizing enterocolitis.

What are the Symptoms of NEC?

  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Changes in heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and breathing
  • Diarrhea with bloody stool
  • Green or yellow vomit
  • Lethargy
  • Refusing to eat and lack of weight gain

Misleading Advertising & False Scientific Claims

As reported by the World Health Organization, “formula milk companies… run advertising that routinely mischaracterizes scientific findings”: “It’s time to stop infant formula marketing practices that endanger children”, 14 March 2022, World Health Organization. As reported by the World Health Organization, “Some of the false claims used by formula milk companies include:

  • Formula products with added ingredients improve brain development and immunity
  • Formula products are needed after 12 months of age
  • That breast milk is inadequate for the nutrition of older infants and children
  • That formula keeps babies fuller for longer and therefore helps them sleep
  • That the quality of breast milk declines with time

What Can I do if my Baby Developed NEC?

Gluckstein Lawyers is investigating the misleading and false scientific claims made by cow milk based formula manufacturers.

If your baby was born prematurely and developed NEC, you may have a claim for compensation. Please contact us at so that we can arrange a free consultation.

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