A lot of parents look for a simple solution when they want to make sure their child is getting the right nutrition, especially if they are faced with allergies or heightened sensitivities to things like cow’s milk or soy.
One option for some is Neocate formula, which is easier on the digestive system of children because it is made from free amino acids. In 2013, ABC News reported about a 4-year old child who was only able to eat raw hemp seeds, pure cane sugar, and Neocate due to a genetic condition.
Neocate products are manufactured by Nutricia and are marketed under a variety of different names. These include Neocate Splash, Neocate Junior Probiotic, Neocate Nutra, and EO28 Splash. Neocate Infant Formula made headlines after one lot was voluntarily recalled in 2009 since it did not have the right amount of protein inside.
Unfortunately, there’s been some recent studies that have suggested a link between Neocate and things like rickets and hypophosphatemia. A study published in the April 2017 edition of Bone journal linked “unexpected widespread hypophosphatemia and bone disease” with infants and children who had taken Neocate.
Hypophosphatemia occurs when there is an extremely low amount of phosphate in the blood. This leads to inhibitions in normal cell function and bone growth. Rickets leads to softened and weakened bones, which can cause a whole host of issues in the future. Rickets can lead to stunted growth and muscle weakness, along with physical deformities like bowed legs and knock knees. Both of these are serious medical conditions that can have long lasting effects on a child.
The researchers in the study identified 51 kids across 17 different institutions that had hypophosphatemia associated with use of Neocate after they evaluated them for fractures or rickets. They said most of the children they looked at were solely being fed Neocate, and that 94% of them were suffering from rickets, fractures, or undermineralization.
However, the researches noted most of the children improved once they had additional supplementation or switched to a different formula. As a result, all 21 authors strongly recommended children fed with Neocate undergo careful monitoring of their mineral metabolism.
Additional research published in Bone Abstracts during 2017 depicted seven specific cases of “exclusively Neocate-fed babies who developed hypophosphataemic rickets.” Three had rickets on chest X-rays, two had rickets in their deformed legs, and two had femur fractures. The rickets improved in some of the patients once additional supplementation and a changed formula were supplied.
The researchers said any infant on Neocate should have their bone profile closely monitored. They also wrote about how “the fact that serum phosphate improved following weaning of Neocate supports its role in the causation of hypophosphatemia.”
Our law firm is offering free and no-obligation lawsuit reviews if you think your child has been hurt by taking Neocate amino acid formula. If they have been diagnosed with rickets, hypophosphatemia, or unexplained bone fractures while taking Neocate, please do not hesitate to reach out to us today.