Keeping up with a new kid’s nutrition can be very challenging, especially if they are overly sensitive to things like cow or soy milk, or have some food-allergy associated condition. As a result, some parents decide to turn to Neocate to ensure their child is getting the right nutrition.
Neocate formula is designed to be much more comfortable on the digestive system than traditional cows milk or soy because it is made from free amino acids. ABC News wrote about a then 4-year old child back in 2013 who, due to a genetic condition, was only able to eat raw hemp seeds, pure cane sugar, and Neocate at the time.
Neocate and a few other products are manufactured under Nutricia. It’s sold in the United States with names like Neocate Splash, Neocate Junior Probiotic, Neocate Nutra, and EO28 Splash. The product made headlines back in 2009 after one lot of Neocate Infant Formula was voluntarily recalled since it did not have the proper amount of protein as listed on the label.
However, there’s been some absolutely disastrous effects from Neocate. 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.
The researchers identified 51 kids across 17 different institutions that had hypophosphatemia associated with the use of Neocate. Hypophosphatemia is a condition where there is a dangerously low amount of phosphate in the blood, which means normal cell function and bone growth does not happen.
The researchers found the instances of hypophosphatemia when they were evaluating for fractures or rickets. 94% of the kids were suffering from rickets, fractures, or undermineralization, and most of them were solely being fed Neocate. Rickets is the softening or weakening of bones in children. It can lead to a wide array of problems down the road, including delayed growth and muscle weakness, and can also cause bowed legs, knock knees, and breastbone projection.
The researchers said most of the children they studied improved after they changed to a different formula or took additional supplementation. All 21 authors associated with the study strongly recommended careful monitoring of mineral metabolism for children fed with Neocate.
Additional research published in 2017 by Bone Abstracts presented seven specific cases of “exclusively Neocate-fed babies who developed hypophosphataemic rickets.” They wrote that three patients had rickets on chest X-rays, two had rickets in their deformed legs, and two had femur fractures. After treatment with additional supplementation and a changed formula, some of the patients saw their rickets get better.
The set of researchers advocated that any infant on Neocate should have their bone profile closely monitored. They wrote “the fact that serum phosphate improved following weaning of Neocate supports its role in the causation of hypophosphatemia.”
If you believe your child has been injured by taking Neocate amino acid formula products, our law firm is offering free, no-obligation lawsuit reviews. Please reach out to us today if your child was diagnosed with rickets, hypophosphatemia, or unexplained bone fractures while taking Neocate.