Enfamil: What Is It and Why Is It a Threat to Preterm Babies?Enfamil is an infant formula brand made from cow milk and other natural components. Mead Johnson & Company is the company that makes it. Enfamil can be harmful to low-weight or premature babies. And yet, Mead Johnson & Company fails to give adequate warnings about the product's life-threatening risk to vulnerable infants. Ideally, premature newborns should have human breast milk. Unfortunately, breastfeeding isn't always possible in NICUs, so many NICU doctors supplement natural milk with Enfamil human milk-based fortifiers. One issue is that a preterm infant's intestines may be unable to properly digest Enfamil or other forms of baby formula, leading to Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) and other complications.
The Danger of Necrotizing EnterocolitisNEC is an inflammatory condition that mainly affects a preterm baby's intestines. Inflammation of the intestines can breach the wall, allowing germs to escape into the abdomen and cause an infection. NEC-affected babies may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Swelling and discomfort in the stomach
- Heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and breathing pattern fluctuations
- Diarrhea accompanied by bloody stools
- Vomit that is green or yellow
- Refusing to eat, causing a lack of weight gain
- Delay in neurodevelopment
- Strictures and adhesions in the gastrointestinal tract
- Short bowel syndrome, either with or without intestinal failure
Premature Babies are More Likely to Develop NECAccording to Cleveland Clinic, 90% of babies with NEC are born early. NEC cases are more common in preterm newborns that fit into one or more of the following categories:
- Infants born before the 37th week of pregnancy
- Babies fed through a stomach tube
- Babies born weighing less than 5.5 pounds
Who's Responsible for My Baby's Suffering?When a company sells consumable products to the masses, the company must give a clear warning of danger or side effects to consumers as applicable. Mead Johnson & Company and other such corporations failed to do so. You may file a lawsuit against Mead Johnson & Company for the following reasons:
- Providing FDA authorities false assurances that their products most closely resemble breastmilk.
- Telling consumers their products are safe through marketing campaigns—some even saying that the products are better than human milk.
- Medical costs incurred due to your child contracting NEC and the disease's long-term effects.
- Pain and suffering that you and your child may endure from their illness
Do You Have a Strong Enough Case to File a Lawsuit?Even if your infant appears to be sick or unwell, you may be unsure whether you have the legal standing to sue. It's natural to be concerned, given that you'll be up against a major multinational company like Mead Johnson & Compay. To clear any doubt, begin by asking yourself the following questions:
- Was your child born prematurely?
- Was your infant given Enfamil or another formula at the hospital?
- Was there a lack of warnings about the risks of using cow's milk formula for preterm babies?
- Is your child suffering from necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)?
How Our Los Angeles Attorneys Can Support Your CaseAfter your child is diagnosed with NEC or another illness after ingesting Enfamil, you should spend your time with them—not figuring out the legal system. Leave that to one of our attorneys. They can:
- Build an evidence file
- Name the liable parties
- Communicate with the insurance companies and other lawyers
- Fight for a fair financial recovery—in or out of court
- File your lawsuit