Las Vegas family believe baby was made ill by recalled formula | News

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — Since Samir Coffee was born in November, he’s been in and out of the hospital with various health issues. He suffered from severe fevers, vomiting, urinary tract infections, among other problems. The doctors had no answers for the young parents.

The family said they gave her six different types of formula, but the problems persisted. The family heard about the infant formula recall and said they discovered that all the infant formula they had tried was included.

The recall involves certain powdered infant formulas produced by an Abbott Nutrition facility in Stugis, Michigan, due to an outbreak of bacterial infections.

The infant formula brands affected are Similac, Alimentum and EleCare.

Nevada WIC has confirmed that the products are in Nevada. Consumers are advised to avoid purchasing the formula and to check any purchase to confirm that it is not from the Sturgis factory.

“We have been inundated with parents calling and asking what we do if we have these lot numbers,” said Epitomedical pediatrician Dr. Constantine George.

The lot number is located at the bottom of the container. George said Abbott products make up about half of the formula in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating four cases of infants hospitalized after consuming the formula, including one who died.

“Abbott makes the Similac products, and we have Mead Johnson making the Enfamil products,” George said. “We have other carriers in the country, but you get into more expensive products, and just from availability, Mead Johnson and Abbott dominate the market.”

The recall also impacted children with severe lactose intolerance or milk protein allergies that require a specific type of formula.

It is not known how long the recall will last.

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