Children Given Neocate May Develop Rickets

Neocate Baby Formula Lawsuit News

Childhood bone fractures from a lack of essential nutrients such as sodium, potassium, and phosphorous were thought of as a thing of the past until Neocate infant formula came onto the market

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - Many mothers unable or unwilling to breastfeed their newborn infant choose to use baby formula that contains milk or milk byproducts. Mothers also add cow's milk to the child's diet for the variety of nutrients that it contains. Children often, approximately 5% of the time, reject the artificial formula and can develop lactose intolerance or milk allergies that result in a baby's skin rash, vomiting, reflux, diarrhea, and constipation. In order to alleviate the child's symptoms, doctors have chosen to substitute a baby formula called Neocate as an alternative to children that are lactose intolerant or have milk allergies. Neocate, however, has been shown to lack a vital element that babies need. As a result of this deficiency, babies taking Neocate have a dangerous condition known as rickets. Doctors that recommend Neocate have merely substituted a babies vomiting and crying with bone fractures and permanent bone deformities.

According to the, "rickets is the softening and weakening of bones in children, usually because of an extreme and prolonged vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the gastrointestinal tract. A deficiency of vitamin D makes it difficult to maintain proper calcium and phosphorus levels in bones, which can cause rickets." Children given Neocate for extended periods of time show stunted growth, aching pain in the hips, spine, and femur, and an overall lack of muscle strength. Physical signs of rickets are bowed legs, knock knees, thickened wrists and ankles, and a projection of the breastbone. "If left untreated, rickets may lead to a failure to grow, abnormal spinal curvature, skeletal deformities, dental defects, and seizures.

Neocate contributes to the development of rickets in children due to its lack of phosphorous. It has been alleged that Neocate is lacking in phosphorous, potassium and sodium, all essential nutrients for a baby's normal physical development. Children may experience bone fractures from insufficient bone density development when Neocate is substituted for milk or other formulas. No amount of additional vitamin D will substitute for a child getting a sufficient amount of these essential elements. The National Institute of Health reports "Unexpected widespread hypophosphatemia and bone disease associated with elemental formula use in infants and children." It is reported that "Fifty-one children were identified at 17 institutions with EF-associated hypophosphatemia. Most children had complex illnesses and had been solely fed Neocate formula products for variable periods of time prior to presentation." Hypophosphatemia is a severe chronic phosphate depletion resulting in anorexia, muscle weakness, and abnormal bone development.

The Neocate baby formula is manufactured and marketed by Nutricia U.S., a division of the multi-billion Groupe Danone corporation. Nutricia officials were made aware of Neocate rickets and broken bone cases as early as 2016 and created a new like of Neocate products to address the low phosphorus levels that were causing permanent infant bone development defects. If you have been giving your child Neocate infant formula products and your child has experienced bone fractures or abnormal development you may wish to contact a Neocate rickets attorney to seek monetary compensation and hold the company responsible for their negligence. Neocate lawsuit information from attorneys handling claims from plaintiffs nationwide.

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