Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of certain lots of 2 fluid ounce/59 milliliter bottles of Ready-to-Feed liquid products for infants and children, including the brands Similac® Pro-Total ComfortTM, Similac® 360 Total Care®, Similac 360 Total Care Sensitive, Similac® Special Care® 24, Similac Stage 1, Similac® NeoSure®, Similac Water (Sterilized) and Pedialyte Electrolyte Solution. This recall is due to a potential for compromised seal integrity.
If a product is included in the recall, do not use the product. For all feeding-related questions or questions about your child’s health, contact a health care professional.
To identify if your product is included, please visit similacrecall.com to view a list of impacted lot numbers or use the lot number checker on the webpage. It is important to verify the lot number on the bottom or the side of the bottle as not all 2 fl. oz/59 ml product is included in the recall.
If you have questions, please contact Abbott’s Consumer Relations hotline at 1-800-986-8540.
For additional information, please call 1-800-551-5838 Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm EST to speak with a customer service representative.
Brevard County, FL – In the face of the ongoing nationwide shortage of baby formula, the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions and its members are sharing guidance and resources to families struggling to keep their babies healthy. Coalitions are actively working with local and state partners to identify options for parents.
Recent reports indicate that 43% of the nation’s baby formula products are currently out-of-stock. The Healthy Start Coalitions recommend breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for babies, although they recognize that this is not an option for some families. Families should not water down formula mix, make homemade formula, or use animal milk or any milk alternative, as these can lack a proper nutritional balance and pose a risk to young children. The Healthy Start Coalitions are recommending that families who need to find formula look into the availability at smaller stores and pharmacies or try purchasing formula from reputable online sources. Families should check with their pediatrician about changing formula, or for any advice needed.
“We share the public’s concerns about the current nationwide shortage of baby formula, and we’re actively working with the Florida Department of Health, policymakers and community partners to help find relief for those affected,” said Cathy Timuta, Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions. “Our local Healthy Start Coalitions will continue to collaborate with local and state partners to help bring solutions to parents at this challenging time, and will provide local resources wherever possible.”
Timuta said families looking for additional information about best practices can find dependable, verified information from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Locally, the Healthy Start Coalition of Brevard has identified the following resources for families:
Abbott: Store Locator: https://www.similac.com/where-to-buy-similac.html Consumer Hotline: 1-800-986-8540 Customer Service: 1-800-227-5767, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST A physician can submit an urgent product request by completing and submitting this form.
Florida Resources: •Florida’s Family Health Line provides local referral services statewide. They can be reached by calling 1-800-451-2229. •You may be eligible for Women and Infant Care Services (WIC) through the FloridaDepartment of Health. For more information on this resource, visit https://www.signupwic.com/. •Contact your local food bank. •Visit the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Florida (https://milkbankofflorida.org/) •Local hospitals may provide education, support, and resources to assist families.
For local information, please contact the Healthy Start Coalition of Brevard at 321.634.6101.
About the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions
The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions is a network of statewide partners committed to bettering the lives of Florida’s babies and their families. Learn more at HealthyStartFlorida.com.
Welcome to my monthly blog courtesy of Healthy Start
Coalition of Brevard County. My name is Dr. Caylee Banta and I am a pediatric
occupational therapist serving the children of Brevard County, FL. For my first
topic, I believe it is the important way to start and educate/discuss what
“Back to Sleep” truly means.
When we think about “Back to Sleep” we can also look at the
evolution of sleeping programs that have been in place for our babies. The Back
to Sleep Program was developed in the 1980’s in developed countries to reduce
the number of infant deaths. There was a heavy influence by the media to
portray this program as lifesaving, but after the media began to diminish talks of the program and not discuss it much,
it was then up to healthcare providers to educate families of the benefits. One
area that research finds that healthcare providers lacked was not only
educating on the “back to sleep” program, but the dangers of putting your baby
on their tummy to sleep or “prone to sleep.”
The Back to Sleep Program, although, has been around for many years continues to be constructively modified and perfected. Since the program has been in effect it seems that the number of parents aware of the program has decreased by 7% from the 1990s to the 2000s—but the decrease in knowledge goes back to educating not only on back to sleep but the safety concerns of sleeping on the tummy.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of Back to Sleep, Tummy to
Play program. This program is recommended by the American Academy of
Pediatrics. The 2 most important things to remember when practicing safe sleep
babies are safest when sleeping on their backs at nighttime and during naps.
tummy time is a great position or prone for babies to “play” but they need to be watched. This position helps promote strong muscles in a gravity resistant plane.
Majority of babies do not like tummy time, especially as
newborns. They prefer to be cuddled and held in positions of comfort such as if
they were in utero. Parents will typically ask “what amount of time is
appropriate for tummy time?” Tummy time should start when the baby comes home
from hospital. Babies should experience tummy time as much as they can tolerate
multiple times per day and the tolerance should be built up as the baby
continues to build muscle strength and enjoy the activity. What does tummy time
encourages muscle strength
prepares the baby for their developmental milestones including crawling
incorporates visual scanning -improves neck control
*A tip to get your baby to enjoy tummy time is place an interactive toy in front of them or you get on the floor with them and vocalize (sing nursery rhymes, encourage cooing, etc.)
The Back to Sleep Program says that you should always place babies back to sleep EVEN during their naps. Babies need to be placed on a firm surface with no objects near the baby that could increase the risk of entrapment. Baby should not having anything that could cover their face during sleep. Babies should be in a temperature that is comfortable where they do not get too hot.
Please let me know if you have any more questions and always
remember BACK TO SLEEP and TUMMY TO PLAY!
Donations play an important role during these unprecedented times. Our Coalition is grateful for those that can help others who are in need. A huge thank you goes to Sunshine Health for thinking of the moms and babies in Brevard County. These Walmart gift cards will directly benefit the Healthy Start moms and babies that are in dire need in our county.
Thank you very much for your generous donation to the Healthy Start Coalition of Brevard.