Neocate Formula Rickets & Bone Fractures

Your family may be entitled to compensation if your child developed rickets or suffered unexplained bone fractures while being fed a Neocate Formula product.

Attorneys Investigating Neocate Formula Rickets & Bone Fracture Lawsuits

The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is investigating rickets and unexplained bone fractures that allegedly occurred in infants and children fed Neocate Formula products. If you would like to learn more about filing a Neocate Formula Lawsuit, please call (888) 994-5118 or fill out the form on this page to obtain a free, no-obligation legal review.

What is Neocate?

Neocate Formula is a line of amino acid formulas (also known as elemental formula) intended for infants and children who suffer from:

  • Cow milk allergy
  • Soy allergy
  • Multiple food protein intolerance (MFPI)
  • Food-allergy-associated conditions, such as GERD or Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Malabsorption
  • Other GI disorders

Neocate Formulas include:

  • Neocate Syneo Infant (0-12 months)
  • Neocate Infant DHA/ARA (0-12 months)
  • Neocate Nutra (6+ months)
  • Neocate Junior (1+ Years)
  • Neocate Junior Probiotic (1+ Years)
  • Neocate Splash (1+ Years)
  • EO28 Splash (1+ Years)

Neocate Formula is made from free amino acids – the building blocks of protein. These hypoallergenic formulas are designed to be easier to digest than formulas made from cows’ milk or soy.

Study Links Neocate Formula to Rickets & Bone Fractures

In April 2017, a study published in the  medical journal Bone suggested a possible link between Neocate Formula and an increased risk of bone disorders, including rickets and bone fractures.

The study involved 51 children who were diagnosed with hypophosphatemia, (low phosphate levels), a condition that can cause serious bone disorders, Skeletal radiographs demonstrated fractures, undermineralization, or rickets in 94% of the cases.

Many of the children had been fed nothing but Neocate Formula for variable periods of time prior to their diagnosis.  All improved once they were prescribed supplemental phosphate or switched to a different formula.

What is Rickets?

Rickets is a serious bone disorder caused by a deficiency in vitamin D, calcium or phosphate. Untreated, rickets can lead to:

  • Weak and soft bones
  • Stunted growth
  • Skeletal deformities

Infants and children face a higher risk of rickets because they are still growing.

Rickets symptoms vary and can be intermittent. They may include:

  • “Floppy” baby
  • Bone pain
  • Bone tenderness.
  • Bones break easily
  • Formation of prominent knobs on the bone between the ribs and the breast plate (costochondral swelling)
  • Harrison’s groove (a horizontal line visible on the chest, where the diaphragm attaches to the ribs)
  • Hypocalcemia (low calcium levels)
  • Knock knees in older children
  • Soft skull (craniotabes).
  • Low physical growth
  • Spinal, pelvic, or cranial deformities.
  • Bowed legs in toddlers
  • Uncontrolled muscle spasms, which may affect the entire body (tetany)
  • Widening wrists

On an x-ray, rickets can resemble broken bones or breaks that have healed. Rickets and unexplained bone fractures in children who were being fed an elemental formula have resulted in child abuse allegations.

Did Your Child Develop Rickets or Suffer Unexplained Bone Fractures While Taking Neocate Formula? Contact an Attorney Today.

Your family may be entitled to compensation if your child was fed Neocate Formula and suffered rickets or bone fractures. To contact a Neocate Formula lawyer today, please call (888) 994-5118 or fill out the form on this page.

  1. Nutricia (N.D.) “FAQs”
  2. NCBI (2017) “Unexpected widespread hypophosphatemia and bone disease associated with elemental formula use in infants and children.”
  3. Medical News Today (2017) “Rickets: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments”
  4. NCBI (2017) “It is not always child abuse: multiple fractures due to hypophosphatemic rickets associated with elemental formula use”
Last Modified: December 8, 2017

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