Two TN children hospitalized during formula shortage

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) – A shortage of formula milk has forced two children in the Central South to be treated at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

For many Memphis parents and pediatricians, the formula shortage is now being called a health crisis.

“Right now I can tell you we have two people here. We have kids who might be fine,” said Dr Mark Corkins, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Le Bonheur.

Two children with intestinal disease.

“We are supporting them with intravenous fluids and parenteral nutrition, which is not ideal. Really you want to use their bile. If they have intestines with bile. You want to use intestines. This was frustrating because we knew there was a better way,” said Corkins.

Many people fear a shortage of formula could harm the baby’s physical and mental development.

“It is very alarming, especially in the neonatal period. It is the fastest growing period in our lives,” Corkins said.

To alleviate the infant formula shortage, Abbott Nutrition has reached an agreement with the Food and Drug Administration to reopen a factory, but it could be months before new formula hits the shelves. .

“That means they have to come up with a formula. They have to package the recipe. They must submit the recipe. At best, we’re talking eight weeks. We’re probably going to have to hobble for another two months,” Corkins said.

Doctors say their best advice for parents is to talk to professionals.

“For our parents, talk to your doctor. If you have questions, ask and find someone who can help you. Don’t trust the internet,” said Corkins.

Earlier on Tuesday, House Democrats introduced a $28 million bill to address the shortage. The measure is intended to restore formula in a “safe and secure manner,” and the additional funds will help FDA prevent future milk shortages. Two TN children hospitalized during formula shortage

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