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Infant Formula Medication
Depends: There are a multitude of formulas, and the differences between them are not always evident. Patients often change formulas, without guidance, and later learn that they have switched brands. Like changing heinz for hunt's ketchup. Discuss formula changes with pediatrician, to reap the greatest benefit and solve what ever led you to want to change the formula. ...Read more
My infant has been having dysbiosis. What can I do if I cannot nurture her enough, and I need to give her some baby formula?
Both or either.: Look at the label. Example: Nutramigen® with Enflora™ LGG®* ("friendly" gut's bacterias, such as Lactobacterias (LGG) or Bifidobacterias, - they are - probiotics). Prebiotics are dietary fibers, or carbohydrates, or oligosaccharides, - the food needed for the normal gut flora (or microbiome) to grow (Example: Prebiotics in Enfagrow®). ...Read more
Curds & whey: If your baby has a documented allergy to one or both cow's milk proteins, casein (curds) & whey, your pediatrician or pediatric allergist would have recommended an alternative formula. There's no other reason to avoid casein, just like there's no reason to avoid gluten if you don't have celiac disease. Neither protein causes nor worsens symptoms of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. ...Read more
Possibly: A cow's milk protein allergy may present as eczema in infants. Other symptoms may include fussiness and irritability, bloody/mucousy stools, vomiting, and poor weight gain. Consider a trial of a hypoallergenic formula, but discuss this with your doctor first. Some will try soy-based formulas, however a number of children who are truly milk-protein allergic may be soy allergic too, so be cautious. ...Read more
Infant formula: If you can tolerate the taste, you are fine. ...Read more
The Academy of Pediatrics and other organizations all agree that infants should be transitioned from formula to whole milk after 12 months (1year) of age, then transitioning them to low fat or skim milk after 2 years of age; of course with a healthy well-balanced diet of solid foods. Bottom line - your two year should not be drinking infant formula anymore - it has too many calories and fat.
I'm curious if infant formula were only made available by prescription would that be a good thing?
It depends: The amount of calories you burn walking depends on how much you weigh & how long & how fast you walk. You can find calculators for such activities on the internet, e.g., http://caloriesburnedhq. Com/calories-burned-walking/. ...Read more
Could you tell me if infant formula were only made available by prescription would that be a good thing?
Why: Although breast feeding is best and preferred for the first year there are a number of reasons mothers end up formula feeding. Difficulty obtaining formulas in the 60's & 70"s led mothers to make their own from evaporated cow milk. The home made stuff was deficient in many nutrients but with early solid foods the kids grew up. Putting up barriers to force a parents choice is too much nanny state. ...Read more
All try to be: If considering a formula, the primary difference in types is the source of protein, (cow milk vs soy bean) and type of sugar (lactose vs non-lactose). All are regulated a by the fda and required to have certain components. All claim to be similar to breast milk in their benefit to the kids. The major brands are supported by decades of continuing research. Find one baby likes and stick with it. ...Read more
Depends: Formula is not paperclips. There can be minor differences in the ingredients that babies gut may deal with differently. This can result in changes in digestive patterns, cramping, loose stools, constipation etc. While switching back and forth. That said, some kids won't notice any difference and will do well, (or poorly) on one or both. Best find one that works and stick with it. ...Read more
CDC recommends mix infant formula with water at temperature at least 158F. I am wondering whether there is a maximum temperature? Will temperature like 185F break down any nutrition or create bad chemicals?
I never would: I don't know where you got your info but don't believe the CDC would suggest this and would NEVER do it. Baby formula should be placed in bottles cleaned as you would common dishes/utensils preferably using hot water but it is not necessary to sterilize them. It can then be mixed at room temperature using hygienic methods. I agree that high temps would break down the nutrients. ...Read more
Organic food: It would be a personal choice as no studies show organically grown food is healthier. ...Read more
Depends on situation: Some folks prefer the bovine protein as more human like & there is some question whether the soy lives up to its quality. That said, most kids would never have any appreciable difference in growth/development either way. The exception comes if a kid is intolerant to one. If so, the other product or a specialty formula like alumentum would be less likely to cause GI symptoms. ...Read more
Not specifically: This is an old myth that is perpetuated year to year. Iron given at therapeutic levels can cause constipation, but studies find no correlation with the level in formula. Infants may process one brand of formula slower or faster than another and any delay in emptying will lead to constipation. ...Read more
Can anyone tell me if the Enfamil Reguline "ready to feed" infant formula designed for softer stools has a bitter taste?
My baby is in his month six & doctor did not want to give him infant formula, can I continue breastfeeding him while fasting in ramdan now?
Breastfeeding/fastin: I am Jewish not Muslim. In Judiasm respect for preserving life is considered so high that you are allowed to break almost any commandment in order to preserve a life. If you came to me as a Jewess and I was your Rabbi, I would advice you to eat and breastfeed. But you should talk to your Imam and to Allah. That should be your guide. Happy Ramadan! ...Read more
Can the infant formula alimentum cause a rash around the mouth, which is worse if it lays in the babys skin?
Possible: Prolonged exposure to moist conditions can cause skin rash. ...Read more
My baby drinks soy isomil infant formula and every time he drinks it his eye swell. Is that an allergic reation.
Possibly: If it happens every time, it is probably some type of reaction, mild allergy. Talk to your pediatrician.... ...Read more
DHA is now a standard supplement in infant formula and prenatal vitamins. Does research support the use of this compound in such products?
No need for it: Use only if deficient in it.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not necessary: This practice is unnecessary. Some infants prefer it warm or cold or room temperature. You can train baby to take it in any fashion. It was common practice in the past, believing baby might loose energy warming up the feed, but the energy loss in not significant. In the microwave era, many babies actually suffer significant mouth burns when the feed is too hot. ...Read more