The unprecedented shortage in baby formula across the United States had caused four babies’ hospitalization in South Carolina, the state’s health officials.
The babies suffered health complications either from homemade formulas that did not match requirements or due to intolerance to new brands of formula their caregivers were forced to use amid the ongoing crisis.
“Many of the children we treat have complex health conditions including nutrition so it’s hard to nail down an exact number,” Heather M. Woolwine, a spokesperson for the Medical of South Carolina, said.
“But we can safely say at least four have been related to the formula shortage.”
In Memphis’ Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Dr. Mark Corkins said that he is treating two infants due to the same situation.
“I am angry to be put in a situation that I can’t fix for my patients no matter how hard I try,” he said.
“But my primary emotion is sadness, that parents and patients can’t get the formulas that were working so well for them.”