Two Children Hospitalized Due To Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage
Two children in Tennessee have been hospitalized due to the U.S.’s ongoing baby formula shortage.
According to Mark Corkins, division chief of pediatric gastroenterology at Le Bonheur and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the children were hospitalized in mid-May.
“These are young children who have health conditions and special medical needs that have specific dietary requirements,” Corkins said. “Their bodies did not adapt well to the new formula type and they required treatment via IV fluids and supplemental nutrition.”
Corkins said the hospital’s pediatric experts were “making multiple substitutions throughout a child’s care to ensure that their nutritional needs are met.”
He cautioned that doing so “can be a complicated and cumbersome process and is extremely difficult for parents to navigate on their own.”