(CNN)A doc astatine Le Bonheur Children's Hospital successful Memphis, Tennessee, says helium admitted 2 young patients -- a toddler and a preschooler -- due to the fact that the specialty look they request is retired of banal and they haven't been capable to tolerate immoderate replacements.
The toddler, who had been successful the infirmary for astir a week, was discharged Tuesday. The preschooler, who was admitted successful April, remains successful the hospital, according to a infirmary spokesperson.
"It's been a situation since February of shifting and trying to sift done and fig thing other to work," Dr. Mark Corkins, a pediatric gastroenterologist astatine the infirmary who is treating the patients, told CNN successful a telephone interview.
The US Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it is making it easier to import definite babe formulas arsenic it works to code a nationwide look shortage.
Both of the children hospitalized successful Memphis person abbreviated bowel syndrome and can't sorb full-size proteins. The information is rare, affecting astir 25 retired of each 100,000 infants. They trust connected a look made of amino acids, the gathering blocks of proteins. These broken-down proteins don't person to beryllium digested; they tin conscionable beryllium absorbed by the gut.
Formula shaper Abbott produced astir 80% of the specialty look they need, a marque called EleCare. When its Sturgis, Michigan, accumulation plant unopen down successful February, patients connected that look were switched to those made by smaller suppliers, and present those stocks person tally retired too, Corkins said.
He said they tried to usage different kinds of formulas, made with chopped-up proteins, but it didn't work. The kids couldn't tolerate them and became dehydrated.
"In the hospital, we springiness them IV fluids, and the different happening we springiness them is IV nutrition. That's not ideal," helium said. The doctors privation to provender these children by rima truthful they tin usage their gut. The much they usage their gut, the much it develops.
Corkins says some children could person stayed home, if it weren't for their peculiar nutritional needs, but they were hospitalized truthful they could beryllium fed.