Malnourished Infants In the U.S. Being Admitted to Hospitals Amid Ongoing Biden-Era Formula Shortage

The Biden administration claims to be working to address a nationwide shortage of infant formula, but for a rising number of parents, this isn’t happening fast enough.

As desperate parents struggle to get the adequate formula, an increasing number of infants are being taken to hospitals hungry and dehydrated.

Furthermore, experts are already warning that the worst is yet to come, as parents slam President Joe Biden for failing to address the rising shortages.

According to the Daily Mail:

As of Thursday night, the Medical University of South Carolina verified that at least four newborns have been admitted to the hospital owing to the formula shortage, while Dr. Mark Corkin of the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, stated he is treating two toddlers for the same condition…

A hospital in Atlanta is also treating an unknown number of newborns.

The babies were admitted to the hospitals after experiencing responses from consuming a formula that was different from what they were used to because their parents couldn’t obtain it owing to the scarcity.

Malnutrition and dehydration have also been linked to a lack of formula, according to some health specialists.

Corkins told CBS News, “I’ve never seen anything like this.” “They arrive dehydrated.” We administer intravenous fluids to them. We feed them through their veins. That, however, is not a long-term solution.”

Reports of growing hospitalizations in the United States follow the Biden administration’s approval of “Operation Fly Formula,” which saw over 200 pallets of infant formula brought in from Germany on Friday. On Saturday, the Nestle-made formula, which is only enough for around 1.5 million eight-ounce bottles, will arrive in Indiana.

The Daily Mail continues:

A contamination incident at an Abbott plant in Sturgess, Massachusetts, resulted in a statewide shortage of infant formula in February. Abbott is one of four formula manufacturers in the United States, and the country gets 98 percent of its baby formula from them.

That single plant in Sturgess provides 80% of the amino acid formula consumed in the United States.

According to Datasembly, the average out-of-stock rate for the important product was 43 percent earlier this month.

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Parents are scrambling to obtain enough baby formula for their babies as they face rows of empty shelves around the country, which are intermittently refilled as producers struggle to maintain a steady flow.

The shortage has had the greatest impact on parents who have newborns who can only drink one type of formula due to allergies or dietary constraints. As a result, worried parents are rushing to obtain enough formula for their infants in a world where supplies are running short.

Ashley Strom, the mother of 7-and-a-half-month-old Chloe, told CBS News, “It’s really terrible to think, ‘What if I couldn’t get her precise formula?” “It’s not like Chloe can just consume anything that comes her way.”

In an interview with local WLTX, Ellen Burnette of South Carolina noted, “It’s been incredibly tough to find any.” “I could barely receive half a month’s worth when I went online.”

132 pallets of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior left Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Friday and will arrive later Saturday, according to White House officials. Another 114 pallets of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA formula should arrive in the coming days, although the exact date is unknown.

According to the Daily Mail, “These formulas have been prioritized since they serve a key medical purpose and are in short supply in the United States due to the Abbott Sturgis factory shutdown.”

Republicans chastised Biden for allowing the situation to spiral out of control.

“Joe Biden is fighting harder for abortions than he is for baby formula,” Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, remarked.

“What the Democrats lack is a plan to secure our southern border. There is no plan to combat inflation. Make no mistake: they had no plan in place to deal with the baby formula problem. Biden’s most recent scurry smells like a cover-up. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the House GOP’s No. 3 ranking member, said, “I’m pushing for answers and solutions.”