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Dr. William Singer
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Similac (Definition)

Similac is a metabolic agent which is a kind of ...Read more


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How effective is similac alimentum?

How effective is similac alimentum?

Variable: Alimentum is a hypoallergenic formula that is highly effective to support growth and nutrition in children with hypersensitivities. Response to any particular formula can be widely variable, and recommendations are individualized by your child's doctor. ...Read more

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My baby had diarrea with blood. I swithched him from similac sensitive to total confort and he is ok do i have to give him similac alimentum better??

My baby had diarrea with blood. I swithched him from similac sensitive to total confort and he is ok do i have to give him similac alimentum better??

Bloody diarrhea: If he is doing ok on Total Comfort, leave him on that. It is better to leave them on the least dramatic formula that they can tolerate without any symptoms. ...Read more

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Could you slowly introduce similac isomil (soy formula) from similac alimentum?

Could you slowly introduce similac isomil (soy formula) from similac alimentum?

Possibly: If the reason for using alimentum initially was for milk protein allergy/colitis, it is important to note that a significant percentage of babies with the allergy will also have a reactivity to soy. Talk to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have a 4-week old baby can I switch his formula from similac sensitive to similac alimentum?

I have a 4-week old baby can I switch his formula from similac sensitive to similac alimentum?

Consult your doctor: Formula does not equal to milk. Different kind of formula is prepared for different condition. Please consult your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My son's pediatrician said that he might be allergic to milk so she changed his milk to similac alimentum. Why is he still having diarrhea?

My son's pediatrician said that he might be allergic to milk so she changed his milk to similac alimentum. Why is he still having diarrhea?

Hard to say: You provide little to go on. If it is a milk allergy or lactose intolerance, it would take a minimum of 3 days for his system to flush out the old milk and begin to heal. If he has a corn sensitivity, the alimentum powder but not the ready to feed has traces of it. The loose stools may also be from something else. I would check back with your doc. These are sometimes difficult to sort out. ...Read more

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I switched my baby's formula from similac sensitive to alimentum 48hrs ago he just had a bowl movement it was black, is something wrong?

Formula change/BM ch: A lot of babies will have darker bms on alimentum, if it was balck and tarry you should tkae your baby in to see her pediatrician. If the baby is acitng well and does not have any other problems it is probably okay and form the alimentum itself. ...Read more

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Can HiFLORA (Probiotics)be mixed with 6 oz of baby formula (Similac Comfort in this case)?

Yes: The possible benefit of this additive looks promising but have not been confirmed by long term study. I have no reason to believe it would interact in a negative way with the similac. ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix baby formula? (Similac sensitive with Enfamil infant)

Is it safe to mix baby formula? (Similac sensitive with Enfamil infant)

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

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Can singulair (montelukast) pardriatic 4 mg granuels (Montelukast Sodium) be mixed with 6 oz of baby formula (Similac Comfort in this case)?

Can singulair (montelukast) pardriatic 4 mg granuels (Montelukast Sodium) be mixed with 6 oz of baby formula (Similac Comfort in this case)?

Yes, you may: Mixing it with 6 oz of baby formula is perfectly fine! You are allowed to mix the 4 mg Singulair (montelukast) granules in 1 teaspoonful (5 ml) of liquids such as baby formula or breast milk or more. You just cannot mix them in less than that amount or they may not dissolve properly. ...Read more

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Is similac advance baby formula harsh on babies stomach?

Is similac advance baby formula harsh on babies stomach?

not for most: As one of the most successful formulas today this could not be if it were harsh on babies stomach. There are numerous reasons a baby may not tolerate a specific formula, and these are specific to the child. ...Read more

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Is switching baby formula brands dangerous my baby is spitting up a lot so dr said to switch to enfamil ar from similac advance baby is 1 month old?

Not specificly: The switch is not much of a change. You go from one companies bovine formula to another companies bovine formula thickened with rice solids. Thickening can sometimes reduce spit up. You could simply add a half teaspoon of rice cereal/btl & do the same with the similac. Similac has a "sensitive" that changes to a soy protein source & removes the lactose. Either product are good nutrition & may help. ...Read more

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Could I lose weight by drinking baby formula?

Could I lose weight by drinking baby formula?

Baby formula: The way to lose weight is to cut your calories down. Baby formula has calories and has nothing magical to make you loose weight. In fact, if you drink enough of it, you can gain weight. ...Read more

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Is it okay to mix baby formula with coconut water?

No, Coconut: Water has chunks of coconut floating in it. This would not work. ...Read more

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Should I avoid hot tap water when making baby formula?

Should I avoid hot tap water when making baby formula?

Yes: Hot tap water is 120 degrees or more, so it would make a formula too hot for a baby to drink. If hot tap water is used to mix formula powder, then one must let the formula cool down to body-temperature before feeding it to a baby. ...Read more

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3 month old eats baby formula and poops small but lots of times. Is this normal?

3 month old eats baby formula and poops small but lots of times. Is this normal?

BM: A 3-month-old baby can have many bms per day. It is common, in fact, for babies to have a bm everytime they feed. ...Read more

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How long would it take for allergic reaction to baby formula show up in a six-week-old?

How long would it take for allergic reaction to baby formula show up in a six-week-old?

Quickly: If a baby has a true allergy to its formula symptoms are going to occur with every feed. Crying from stomach cramping/colic, copious spitting up, change in bowel habitsÂ… Some symptoms occur so quickly sometimes babies can't even finish a feed without getting irritable/crying, that leads to poor feeding and poor growth. ...Read more

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Accidentally fed my 9 months old baby formula that was sitting out for 4hours in an air-conditioned room. What are the risks?

Accidentally fed my 9 months old baby formula that was sitting out for 4hours in an air-conditioned room. What are the risks?

Minimal: Formula that is left at room temperature for that duration after a baby has started feeding, may have a chance of germ build up. This might produce some indigestion and loose stools. This is less likely if it was just left out but not as a feed. ...Read more

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Can I mix baby formula with water?

Can I mix baby formula with water?

Depends: The powdered formula is designed to mix with any approved source of regular tap water. You do not have to buy "baby water" sold in stores. If you are comfortable about the safety of your home tap water it is fine for formula use. Ready to feed formulas should not be diluted with water. If your area or house has rusty pipes and questionable water, use bottled water instead. ...Read more

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How long is baby formula good out of the refrigerator?

How long is baby formula good out of the refrigerator?

5 Hours: Rule of 5s: 5 hours on the counter, 5 days in the refrigerator and 5 months in the freezer.
This is true for both formula and breast milk. ...Read more

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Do I have to feed my baby formula when I go back to work?

Do I have to feed my baby formula when I go back to work?

No: Depending on the situation at work, a breastfeeding mom may be able to have someone bring the baby in for the mom to breastfeed; or more likely, the mom will pump milk at work and bring it home at the end of each workday. ...Read more

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Should I give my baby formula so he can get used to the taste?

Should I give my baby formula so he can get used to the taste?

Not necessary: Formula is just a manmade liquid diet for infants and meant to be a complete food. It doesn't taste particularly good, but it is complete nutrition for an infant. For a small infant, it will be the only food s/he is taking. For an older infant, closer to 12 months and eating food, formula may not be necessary. ...Read more

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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?

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?

M.D. visit: I would suggest discussing supplemental formulas and probiotics with your pediatrician. Breast milk is the best formula and enhances gut immunity. ...Read more

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Are there prebiotics or probiotics in baby formula?

Are there prebiotics or probiotics in baby formula?

Infant formula: Infant formula does not contain prebiotics or probiotics. There isn't any need to put either into formula. Infants generally have normal gastrointestinal flora. ...Read more

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Are there probiotics or prebiotics in baby formula?

Are there probiotics or prebiotics in baby formula?

No...: If by probiotics you mean active bacterial cultures added to help aid digestion, then no, baby formula does not specifically contain these cultures. A newborn baby's gut becomes populated with "healthy" bacteria from its immediate environment: the birth canal, breast milk, parents' skin, its own hands & mouth, etc; and these bacteria are adjusted as the baby's diet & environment change over time. ...Read more