Neocate infant formula has been linked to rickets in children, as well as long-term skeletal damage. You may be entitled to financial compensation if your child has been diagnosed with rickets, bone fractures or skeletal damage after consuming Neocate.
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Rickets & Bone Fractures Caused by Neocate
Neocate infant injuries, such as Neocate rickets or bone fractures, are believed to be caused by abnormally low phosphate levels in the blood of infants. Neocate formula ingredients contain an adequate amount of phosphate, so poor bioavailability of phosphate in Neocate has been proposed as an underlying mechanism for the cause of Neocate broken bones and hypophosphatemic rickets.
One study involved 51 children who were diagnosed with hypophosphatemia. Most of the children in the study had been solely fed Neocate for various time periods prior to diagnosis. 94% of the cases suffered from rickets, undermineralization or fractures. Most of the cases improved upon switching to a different formula or beginning phosphate supplementation. This heavily implies poor bioavailability of phosphate in Neocate’s products as the underlying cause of the hypophosphatemia, rickets and broken bones.
Nutricia has responded to the above study by changing their formula, adding a more bioavailable form of phosphate to the formula.
A 2020 study found that between 11 and 23 percent of tube-fed children given Neocate will develop metabolic bone disease.
Researchers found in 2002 that calcium cannot function in bones without phosphate, finding that calcium and phosphate are “co-dependent” in bone development. Bones consist of over 50% phosphorus.
Neocate Side Effects
Soft, thin skull bones, also known as craniotabes, are typically the first sign of rickets. This may be accompanied by the forehead’s frontal bones protruding, a condition known as skull bossing, as well as delayed closure of the soft areas between the skull bones. Young children with rickets may display bowed legs as well as thickened wrists and ankles.
Other symptoms and signs of rickets include:
- Spine, pelvis and leg pain
- Delayed motor skills
- Delayed growth
- Muscle weakness
- Bone tenderness
- Knock knees
- Spinal curvatures
- Deformed pelvic bones
- Rachitic rosary
- Uncontrolled muscle spasms
Children with rickets may suffer an increased susceptibility to bone fractures. Neocate’s side effects have actually been confused for child abuse. The father of a 10 year-old in Mississippi found himself being investigated for child abuse by Child Protective Services when doctors found unexplainable bone fractures in the child. The investigation didn’t end until the adult sister of the boy saw an attorney’s television advertisement about injuries caused by Neocate.
Hypophosphatemia is a low level of phosphate in the blood. Signs and symptoms of hypophosphatemia include:
- Muscle weakness and dysfunction
- Changes in mental status, such as delirium, confusion and coma
- Worsening of infections caused by white blood cell dysfunction
- Hemolytic anemia
Other Side Effects
Neocate has been linked with other side effects, including:
- Long-term skeletal damage
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Stunted growth
- Skeletal deformities
What Neocate Baby Formulas Have Been Linked To Hypophosphatemia, Rickets And Broken Bones?
The following Neocate baby formulas have been linked to severe side effects:
- Neocate EO28 Splash
- Neocate Splash
- Neocate Junior with Probiotics
- Neocate Junior
- Neocate Nutra
- Neocate Infant DHA/ARA
- Neocate Syneo Infant
What Is My Neocate Case Worth?
The value of each Neocate case varies depending on the circumstances of each individual case. You may be eligible for financial compensation for numerous types of damages, including:
- Medical costs, both past and future
- Pain and suffering, both physical and mental
- Emotional distress and trauma
- Any work you missed to take care of your child
Neocate Lawsuit Claims
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You may be entitled to a financial recovery in a baby formula lawsuit if your infant was diagnosed with rickets, a bone fracture or skeletal damage after consuming Neocate, so call 800-718-4658 today for a confidential, free consultation or text us from this page.