The Food and Drug Administration is urging parents and other baby care-givers not to feed a thickening product called SimplyThick to infants born before 37 weeks because it may cause a life-threatening condition.
This advice is based on reports of infants with necrotizing enterocolitis, a condition in which tissue in the intestines becomes inflamed and dies.
SimplyThick is intended to help manage swallowing difficulties in premature infants and older kids with swallowing problems, and is added to both breast milk and infant formula.
The FDA says it learned of bad side effects possibly linked to SimplyThick on May 13 As of May 20, the agency was aware of 15 cases of NEC, including two deaths, involving premature babies who were fed SimplyThick combined with breast milk or infant formula.
What it is about SimplyThick that is making babies sick isn’t known, but the FDA is actively investigating the link between this product and illnesses and deaths.
Symptoms to watch for are bloated stomach, greenish-tinged vomiting and bloody stools. Contact your baby’s medical provider if he or she develops any of these symptoms and has been fed SimplyThick.
See this website for more information from SimplyThick’s manufacturer and a link to the FDA announcement; www.simplythick.com .