(The Hill) – Two children have been hospitalized in Tennessee this month due to a nationwide shortage of infant formula, according to a Memphis hospital.
Mark Corkins, chief of pediatric gastroenterology at Le Bonheur and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, said the children, both with “specific dietary requirements,” were admitted to the hospital in mid-May. at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
“These are young children with special health conditions and medical needs who have specific dietary requirements,” Corkins said in a statement obtained by The Hill. “Their bodies don’t adapt well to the new formula and they have to be treated with intravenous fluids and nutritional supplements.”
Corkins added that the pediatric specialists at the hospital have “implemented many alternatives throughout the child’s care to ensure that a child’s nutritional needs are met.”
“This can be a complicated and cumbersome process and extremely difficult for parents to navigate on their own,” he said, noting that parents should contact their pediatrician. their baby if they have formula-related questions.
The hospitalizations come as parents in the US have struggled for weeks to find formula products for their babies. Shortages have been worsened by supply chain issues coupled with a major recall from Abbott Nutrition, one of the leading manufacturers of infant formula.
Earlier this week, Abbott announced that it had reached an agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reopen the company’s Michigan plant, which was closed following the recall.
But even after that deal goes through, it will still take about six to eight weeks for the company to resume full production and get baby formula back on shelves.
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