When your baby is born prematurely, you expect doctors, nurses, and hospitals to provide the utmost care for your child. There are many caring and compassionate medical professionals out there who, like you, want the absolute best for your preemie. 

Premature babies (those born before 37 weeks) have different needs from infants born full-term. Since these babies are not fully developed, they are more susceptible to illness, and their bodies must work harder to fight off foreign invaders. What most people (including doctors, nurses, and mothers) don’t know is that feeding cow’s milk-based formula to premature babies could result in a deadly condition called necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC. While many cases are treatable without surgery, some babies will need surgery to remove parts of the bowel.

If your preterm baby developed NEC and required surgery, contact the attorneys at The Ruth Law Team at 888-783-8378.  Let us help you and your family Get Justice.

What is NEC?

NEC is short for necrotizing enterocolitis. NEC involves inflammation and According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), this may be due to growth of dangerous bacteria within the gut and intestines.  According to Seattle Children’s, approximately 30% of infants diagnosed with NEC will need surgery. In these cases, a surgeon will try to remove parts of the bowel. Not all cases require surgery. In milder cases, babies are able to heal with medical treatment. The majority of babies who are diagnosed with NEC will survive, however, 25% sadly do not survive.

Does Baby Formula Cause NEC?

Several studies indicate babies who exclusively drink human-based milk over cow’s-milk formula are less likely to develop necrotizing enterocolitis.  

In 2011, the Surgeon General issued a report stating that formula feeding is associated with higher rates of necrotizing enterocolitis.  It outlines a number of benefits to breastfeeding babies over formula feeding.

An additional 2011 Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions report supports this same conclusion, indicating that premature babies are less likely to develop NEC than babies who drink cow’s milk formula.  t

Further, a 2016 report in Breastfeeding Medicine concluded that premature babies who received an exclusively human milk-based diet saw significantly lower rates of NEC and mortality. It strongly supports breastfeeding over formula feeding when possible.

Do I Have a Case?

If your premature baby developed NEC and required surgery, contact The Ruth Law Team.  We are looking into cases for infants who were born at least 3 weeks before their due date. If your baby or a family member’s baby developed this terrible condition, please contact us today. Our law firm can help protect your legal rights, but it is important to act quickly.

We are looking into cases involving the following brands of premature baby cow’s milk formula:

  • Enfamil
  • Similac
  • Nestle
  • Abbott
  • Perrigo Nutritionals
  • Reckitt
  • Mead Johnson

Many of these brands promote their formula as safe for babies born prematurely. Ads include statements that it promotes eye health, brain growth and development, and overall health. You may have no idea your baby’s necrotizing enterocolitis could be a result of cow’s milk formula.

If your baby was born more than 3 weeks before his or her due date and developed necrotizing enterocolitis, contact us at 888-783-8378. We offer a free and confidential case evaluation for all callers. Don’t delay. Our attorneys have 40 years of experience and dedication to our personal injury clients and their families. We promise to listen to your needs and fight for your family in your time of need.