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Mom Begs For Help Amid Formula Shortage As Sons Face Irreversible Brain Damage: "No One Had Any Answers"
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Mom Begs For Help Amid Formula Shortage As Sons Face Irreversible Brain Damage: "No One Had Any Answers"

More than 40 percent of baby formula was recently out of stock and could have serious consequences.

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A mom of three boys is extremely worried about her children's health. Alexa Beichler's younger sons Jax, six months, who is "always smiling," and "sweet and independent" Taylor, 20 months, were born with classic phenylketonuria (PKU). The metabolic condition requires the babies to be on medical-grade formula for life. The country has been facing an acute formula feed shortage and it could spell disaster for many parents who have no choice other than to give their children formula feed. The percentage of out-of-stock formula has reached a high of 43 percent in the week ending May 8th, leaving parents stranded.

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Beichler's babies' medical condition does not allow their body to process an amino acid found in protein. This is why the boys have to be on a specialized diet that limits them to two grams of protein a day. Their mom was in for a shock when she realized they won't have access to the special baby formula for Taylor. Her shipment was not complete and her middle son Taylor's supply was missing.  "Sheer panic set in. I was like, 'Why am I missing two more huge boxes of Taylor's formula?'" the worried mom told PEOPLE. It was then she realized that the nationwide formula shortage had finally arrived at her doorstep. While many desperate parents have been frantically searching the shelves of their local grocery store, Beichler's situation was even more stressful as the prescription-based formula can only be supplied through the manufacturer.