(WASHINGTON) -- The FDA is encouraging parents, child and health care providers not to feed a thickening product added to breast milk and formula called SimplyThick to premature infants.
According to an FDA release, the product could lead to a life-threatening condition known as necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC. NEC is the inflammation and death of intestinal tissue.
The FDA has been alerted by medical centers from around the country to 15 reported illnesses and two deaths of infants born before 37 weeks.
Parents and caregivers who have concerns or questions regarding the advisory should contact their health care provider, the FDA says.
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