Similac Baby Formula Side Effects



Similac baby formula contains vitamins and nutrients that newborns need for nutrition. The product is usually prepared for bottle-feeding or cup feeding on powder (mixed with water) or liquid (with or without additional water). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't approved Similac baby formula because the organization doesn't approve premature infant formulas before marketing. Recently, there have been many reports of Similac causing many severe side effects in infants. If your baby suffered health complications after consuming Similac, you can reach out to an NEC baby formula lawsuit lawyer  Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, today. We can go over your legal options with you during a free case review. 

What Are Similac Baby Formula's Most Common Side Effects?

While some Similac baby formula side effects are mild, others can cause severe life-threatening risks to infants. According to a study published in Reviews in Obstetrics & Gynecology, formula-fed infants are six to 10 times more likely to develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) than those given breast milk. NEC is a gastrointestinal bacterial infection mainly in preterm babies. It causes inflammation that may lead to tissue death in the intestines.  The bowel disease can lead to serious health complications and problems, such as intestinal strictures, sepsis, development problems, intestinal tissue perforation, cerebral palsy, and possibly death. NEC ordinarily develops within two to three weeks after birth.

NEC Symptoms Can Range From Mild to Severe

In some instances, NEC is mild to some infants and might cause other severe and life-threatening symptoms in others. NEC symptoms in rare cases might include scarring and narrowing of the bowels and malabsorption, whereby the bowels cannot absorb nutrients normally.  NEC treatment requires medication, but in severe cases, surgery is possible, posing serious risks of permanent injury to premature babies.  Some of the symptoms of NEC include:
  • Low blood pressure and heart rate
  • Diarrhea with dark stools or blood
  • Trouble gaining weight and eating
  • Shock (in advanced cases)
  • Yellow or green vomit
  • Distended abdomen
Similac baby formula also causes the following side effects:

Upset Stomach

Various reasons can cause an upset stomach, like food intolerance, taking pills, or drinking too much. Your infant's stomach might develop an upset stomach from ingesting Similac baby formula. An infant's stomach is gentle and might react negatively to some of the ingredients found in Similac baby formula.


Feeding your child contaminated food or a virus can cause diarrhea. An inflammatory bowel disease like NEC or irritable bowel syndrome can also cause diarrhea. Babies who ingest Similac baby formula have a higher chance of experiencing frequent mild and severe diarrhea.


Several conditions can cause constipation, a gastrointestinal problem due to indigestion. One is feeding your infant specific baby formulas. Formulas such as Similac baby formula are thicker and have larger proteins that are harder for an infant to digest. Similac baby formula's other common side effects include black stools, nausea, food allergies, and loss of appetite. If you suspect your infant suffered any of the above after consuming Similac, you may be able to recover damages via a lawsuit.

Why Should You File a Similac Lawsuit?

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, can prepare a lawsuit on your behalf if your infant developed NEC due to Similac. The grounds for the lawsuit are that the manufacturing company, Abbott Laboratories, Inc., knew about the risk of its products causing NEC yet failed to notify the public. As a result, your child may require a lifetime of medical treatment and care to deal with the associated complications. These consequences are sometimes fatal.   You might be able to recover many types of damages against Abbott, including:

Injured Child and Parents

Both the child and the parents suffer harm when the child has NEC. Although the negotiations mainly focus on the child's available compensation, parents or guardians can also pursue consequential damages within the child's lawsuit or file a separate claim.

Medical Care Costs

If your child suffered from NEC or any NEC-related problems, you probably spent a lot of money paying for the hospital bills. Plaintiffs who file any NEC-related lawsuits usually want compensation for the related medical care costs, which might be in the past, present, or future.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering can cause psychological or physical problems for your baby and the rest of your family. Pain and suffering might include fear, anger, anxiety, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and/or other adverse effects. 

Missed Wages

Parents looking after their NEC-injured infant will take time off work to provide care. Such parents will want compensation for the diminished earning capacity and lost income. A plaintiff with a child suffering from a permanent and NEC-related disability might also ask for lost future earnings.

Consortium Losses

Consortium losses, also known as intangible benefits, are compensations claimed for the injured child's role in the family. These damages usually include intangible aspects, such as nurturing, care, and affection. Today, many states allow parents to recover consortium losses if a child is permanently disabled or injured.

Wrongful Death

Survival laws allow the parents or guardians of the child who died from NEC to seek compensation for their damages. An attorney can help you seek wrongful death damages as a plaintiff. These damages can help you pay for the child's final medical bills and funeral expenses.

How Much Compensation Could You Recover in a Similac Lawsuit?

Similac NEC baby formula lawsuits are still new. However, concerned parents have taken legal action after their babies, who used the baby formula, were diagnosed with NEC. The lawsuits are against Abbott Laboratories, Inc., alleging strict liability for design defect, negligence, strict liability for failure to warn, among other claims.  None of the litigations have gone to trial or been settled yet, making it challenging to estimate the potential settlement value of such cases. An attorney can review your NEC Similac claims and advise you of how much compensation you could possibly recover if you have a case.

Call Us Today for a Free Consultation

Some parents are filing individual medical malpractice claims against hospitals and medical professionals over Similac baby formula side effects, while others are holding the product's manufacturer responsible. If you are going through a similar situation, maybe you could use someone on your side who will fight for your rights.  Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, handles personal injury cases on contingency, which means we receive attorney's fees only if we recover a settlement in your favor. Call (727) 451-6900 to speak with us about how Similac baby formula side effects affected your child during a free consultation. We want to help you seek the justice you are due.

Matthew Dolman

Clearwater Personal Injury and Insurance Attorney

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess or $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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