Has Your Infant Been Diagnosed with Necrotizing Enterocolitis After Receiving Formula?

The Holland Law Firm is now representing the parents of infants diagnosed with Necrotizing Enterocolitis after using infant formula. It is our priority to hold manufacturers of Enfamil and Similac accountable for failing to specifically warn consumers about infant injury or potential death.

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There is current litigation against the makers of Enfamil and Similac due to the failure to issue specific warnings about the risks of Necrotizing Enterocolitis. Products from these manufacturers were fed to preterm infants who subsequently developed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a disease that causes the inflammation of the intestines that can lead to rupture or death.

(Courtesy of Stanford Childrens Hospital)

If you believe your child was diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) that resulted in injury or death after being fed a cow-milk formula, contact the infant formula attorneys at Holland Law Firm today!


Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious gastrointestinal disease that primarily affects premature and medically fragile infants. This disease causes damage and the death of cells in some or all the intestines.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis happens in mostly in premature infants. 80% of infants with birth loads of less pounds than 4.5 have necrotizing enterocolitis, although full-term children have also been diagnosed.

Side effects of NEC can appear up to 2 – 4 weeks of life. Common symptoms:

  • Intolerance of bolstering, or Destitute bolstering
  • Abdominal widening
  • Pain when somebody touches the abdomen
  • Bloody stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased action (lethargy) Vomiting greenish yellow liquid
  • Temperature unsteadiness
  • Apnea or episode of low heart rate


After diagnosis, treatment begins immediately. It includes:

  • temporarily halting all feedings
  • nasogastric or orogastric seepage (embeddings a cylinder through the nose or mouth into the stomach to eliminate air and liquid from the stomach and digestive tract)
  • IV (given into a vein) for liquid substitution and nourishment
  • antibiotics to treat or forestall contamination
  • frequent tests and abdominal X-rays
  • a consultation with a pediatric surgeon to discuss surgery, if needed in severe cases, medical procedure might be required immediately

(Courtesy of kidshealth.org)


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