A premature baby’s necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) diagnosis can be serious and can lead some parents to wonder the cause of this condition. For some families, the reason for the NEC diagnosis may stem from the use of baby formula given to premature babies. The baby formula in question contains cow’s milk. As a matter of fact, some parents are alleging that they were not warned of the dangers cow’s milk posed to premature babies, and that the baby formula produced by Enfamil and Similac contained cow’s milk.


Quite often when babies are born prematurely, moms may not be physically able to provide their own milk or may have a limited supply. This could happen if the baby is strong enough to go home or if they must remain in the NICU. Formula is used to supplement or provide the baby with nutrition.


What Is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?


A premature baby’s necrotizing enterocolitis diagnosis can cause, and understandably so, serious concern on the part of parents. NEC can result in inflammation and infection in the child’s abdomen and gut area. The symptoms of NEC can be some of the following:


  • Constipation
  • Tender/swollen, red belly
  • Low body temperature
  • Dark or bloody stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Bile in vomit (greenish in color)
  • Hard time feeding


Premature Baby’s Necrotizing Enterocolitis Diagnosis And Baby Formula Law Suit


According to studies as far back as the 1990s, cow’s milk can increase the risk of a premature baby developing NEC. A study in The Lancet reveals that, “In exclusively formula-fed babies confirmed disease was 6-10 times more common than in those fed breast milk alone and 3 times more common than in those who received formula plus breast milk.” As mentioned above, these formula companies were aware of the risks cow milk posed to preterm infants and failed to warn families and medical professionals of these risks.


If your premature baby has been diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and was given baby formula produced by Enfamil or Similac and you have questions regarding what remedies you may have, reach out to us at our contact information below. It costs you nothing to speak with us about your baby’s story.


Boston Law Group, LLC

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Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815



1-833-4 BABY HELP