The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants parents, caregivers and health care professionals to be aware that infants of any age may face an increased risk of developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) if fed SimplyThick. Since May 2011, the agency has identified 22 infants with NEC after being fed SimplyThick; seven of those infants died. The FDA states that further study is needed to determine if there is an actual link between consumption of SimplyThick and the development of NEC but wants everyone involved in the care of a baby to be aware of the potential risk before deciding whether to feed SimplyThick to infants of any age.
SimplyThick is a brand of thickening agent-available to consumers and medical centers-used to help manage swallowing difficulties. It is sold in individual serving packets as well as in 64-ounce dispenser bottles, which can be purchased from distributors and local pharmacies throughout the United States.
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