How Do You Know If Your Baby Has Rickets?

What Is Rickets?

Rickets is a bone disorder that is caused by vitamin D deficiency. It is characterized by the softening and weakening of the bones. Vitamin D absorbs calcium and phosphate in the body, so the lack of vitamin D in a child’s body causes their body to have difficulty maintaining proper calcium and phosphorous levels in the bones.

Calcium and phosphorous are vital minerals for the body. Calcium and phosphorous combine with one another to form a mineral crystal that gives structure and strength to the bones. When a child has rickets, calcium and phosphorous are not properly absorbed into the bones, thus making them weak and soft.

Neocate and Rickets

A 2017 study at Yale revealed that Neocate formulas were linked to bone fractures, broken bones, hypophosphatemia (low phosphate levels), and rickets. When participants in the study were switched to an alternative formula, they saw immediate improvement in calcium and phosphate levels, ultimately improving their skeletal development.

The link between Neocate and rickets is not something the defendant, Nutricia, warns consumers and doctors about.  The only warning given to parents about bone disorders and fractures was a March 2016 statement that children using Neocate as a primary or sole source of nutrition “should be routinely monitored by clinicians.”

Warning Signs of Rickets

If you suspect your child has rickets, there are a few signs and symptoms to look out for. Typical symptoms of rickets, include:

  • Fussy behavior
  • Soft skull
  • Bone tenderness
  • Stunted growth and development
  • Bone pain
  • Bowed legs
  • Wide joints (wrists, elbows, and knees)

If you think your child may have rickets, take them to the doctor immediately. They will conduct a physical exam and run blood tests and x-rays. Rickets can be a serious disease if left untreated.

GoldenbergLaw Can Help

If you’re concerned about Neocate and rickets and the effect on your child, you are not alone. GoldenbergLaw is currently accepting cases in which a child has taken Neocate and experienced serious bone disorders, low phosphate levels, rickets, spontaneous fractures, and/or broken bones. Please fill out the form below or give us a call. We will help you understand your rights and choices.

3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuit

Defective Earplugs

Former Army Sargent Scott Rowe is suing 3M because of its defective earplugs, which he claims caused his permanent hearing loss, tinnitus, and poor balance. In a recently filed lawsuit, Rowe has alleged that 3M knew about the defect but continued to make and sell these 3M combat earplugs and failed to warn consumers of this danger. These earplugs were distributed to U.S. soldiers between 2002 and 2015.

What Is the Defect?

The stem of the earplug may be too short and therefore difficult for the user to insert the plug deep into their ear canal. Due to the shortness of the stem, the earplug is loose in the ear canal and allows sounds to travel into the ear. For service members, this is crucial as they may be close to extremely loud explosions that put their hearing at risk.

3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuit

Last year, 3M reached a $9.1 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice stemming from allegations that 3M knowingly sold the U.S. army defective earplugs.  While the Department of Justice was able to secure compensation from 3M for alleged wrongdoing, those individuals who wore the earplugs and were injured by them are now pursuing 3M for the faulty design. The recently filed lawsuit attempts to prove 3M was negligent in selling defective earplugs as well as liable for the serious injuries the service members have endured.

Why Choose GoldenbergLaw?

GoldenbergLaw commends the men and women who put their lives on the line as service members. The last thing they should have to worry about is defective equipment, such as earbuds. We want to hold 3M accountable. If you or a loved one served in the U.S. military and used the 3M combat earplugs between 2002 and 2015 and have experienced hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact the defective product lawyers at GoldenbergLaw.

Lubrisine Eye Drops Recalled

On December 31, 2018, the FDA recalled Lubrisine Eye Drops after discovering the drops contained undeclared colloidal silver. The FDA also found that Results RNA LLC, the manufacturer of Lubrisine Eye Drops, was using manufacturing practices that do not support sterility.

Exposure to colloidal silver can result in permanent discoloration of the conjunctiva, or the mucous membrane that covers the front of the eyeball and lines the eyelids. In addition, using non-sterile eye drops could lead to a potentially sight-threatening eye infection.

The product is used to lubricate dry eyes. No adverse events have yet been reported from this recall. The affected products are:

  • All lots manufactured from Mary 12, 2012 forward
  • UPC code 9238230723
  • Packaged in a single 1 oz. dropper bottle

If you or a loved one experienced discoloration in your eye and/or an eye infection after using Lubrisine Eye Drops, contact GoldenbergLaw.