Four infants hospitalized in South Carolina due to lack of infant formula

At least four babies have been hospitalized in South Carolina because of the baby food shortage in America, as the first military flights carrying emergency supplies from Europe will land in the United States this weekend.

An official at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston said the hospital treats babies either because homemade formulas have made them sick or because they cannot tolerate new formulas that their parents have had to substitute.

This was announced by MUSC spokeswoman Heather Woolwine The State that many of the children have “complex health problems including diet.”

She said it was difficult to pinpoint an exact number who needed treatment, but to date she can think of at least four whose illnesses are linked to the formula deficiency.

Hospital pediatric dietitians “now work with the individual child’s care team to find a formula or diet that works for him or her based on allergies and calorie needs,” she said.

As parents across the country struggle to meet limited supplies of baby food amid the nationwide crisis, those with infants suffering from allergies and intolerances face an additional dilemma.

Many were forced to use alternative products to feed their children, and several babies became ill and had to be hospitalized as a result.

Several children’s hospitals across the country have reported babies being admitted due to the lack of infant formula.

In Memphis, a doctor said this week that he treated two children as a direct result of the milk shortage.

dr Mark Corkins, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, told Action News that both children suffered from intestinal conditions that required them to be fed a specific type of formula.

They both reacted badly when their parents couldn’t find the formula they needed and were now being treated at the hospital with IV fluid and extra food, he said.

Over at Children’s Wisconsin in Milwaukee, hospital officials said several babies had been taken to the emergency room for malnutrition.

“We are seeing more children for whom inappropriate formula replacement is a factor in their hospitalization,” a spokesman told local outlet TMJ4.

This weekend, the first planes bringing in baby food from Europe will land in Indiana as part of the Biden administration’s effort to provide American families with much-needed supplies.

The White House announced on Friday that 132 pallets of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior Formula will be flown from Germany to the United States this weekend.

An additional 114 pallets of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA formula will arrive in the coming days, with around 1.5 million 8-ounce bottles of the three formulas expected to arrive this week.

Military aircraft will fly the formula as part of Operation Fly Formula.

In addition to flying in formulas from overseas, the president has also invoked the Korean War-era Defense Manufacturing Act to boost U.S. manufacturing.

This comes as the shortage reached crisis levels as parents desperately tried to feed their infants, forcing some to shell out around $100 online for a single can.

In the week ended May 8, a staggering 43 percent of top-selling baby formulas at US retailers were sold out, according to an analysis by Datasembly.

This time last year, Datasembly found that out-of-stock levels varied between just 2 and 8 percent.

The shortage was fueled by the February closure of Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan plant, the largest maker of baby formula in the US.

All production has been halted at the plant for the past three months and three of its products have been voluntarily recalled after two babies died and at least four others were hospitalized with bacterial infections after consuming the formula made at the factory.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an investigation and warned parents against using certain Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare products.

It is still unclear whether the bacteria originate from the plant.

Abbott said in a statement that none of its products were positive for Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella and that a review had found that the formula made at its Sturgis facility “is unlikely to be the source of infection in the reported cases and that no outbreak has been caused.” by products from the plant”.

The FDA has yet to release its findings from the investigation.

The agency and Abbott have said they are working to resume production at the plant as soon as possible.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/baby-formula-shortage-hospital-south-carolina-b2084335.html Four infants hospitalized in South Carolina due to lack of infant formula

Bobby Allyn

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