Necrotizing Enterocolitis Law Firm
As an experienced necrotizing enterocolitis law firm, The Simon Law Firm is dedicated to ensuring that you remain aware of the risks of NEC. Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is an intestinal condition that primarily affects premature and medically fragile infants. NEC may be caused by many factors, such as anatomical abnormalities in the baby’s intestine or lack of oxygen to the intestine.
NEC comes on suddenly and begins when bacteria inflames the baby’s intestinal wall. The intestine may become weakened or perforated, allowing stool to enter the abdomen and cause severe infection. Large sections of the intestine may die. Many babies with NEC survive for only a few hours or days. Those that do survive often suffer lifelong neurological and nutritional challenges. Thousands of infants in the U.S. develop NEC and hundreds die every year, creating devastating emotional and financial stress for parents and families.
The cause of NEC is not always clear, and some infant intestinal problems are not preventable. But there is one cause of NEC that is man-made and completely preventable: the use of bovine, or cow’s milk, fortifiers that may be added to formula or breast milk at the hospital to help low birth-weight babies gain weight. It is possible cow’s milk formula fortifiers may be the cause of your child’s NEC.
Studies show that NEC is more common in babies who received cow’s milk, or bovine, fortifiers in their nutritional formula. As far back as 1990, a study of 926 preterm infants found that NEC was 6 to 10 times more common in formula fed babies than in those fed breast milk alone, and NEC was 3 times more common in babies fed formula plus breast milk. In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement that all premature infants should be fed an exclusive human milk diet because of the risk of NEC associated with the consumption of cow’s milk products.
Hospitals and neonatologists are aware of these studies, but often choose to use bovine-milk based fortifiers because they are lower cost than human-milk based fortifiers. That decision may have caused NEC in your baby. Further, the companies that manufacture these bovine based products have never included a warning to anyone that their products resulted in a higher risk of NEC in premature babies.
The necrotizing enterocolitis attorneys at The Simon Law Firm specialize in NEC cases. We can help you find out if bovine-based fortifiers may have triggered NEC in your child. If this condition could have been prevented, we may be able to secure compensation for you and your baby through litigation.
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