Bea - posted on 08/19/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
Ok please read and take this very seriously. What I am sharing with you could potentially bring happiness and rest back to your home.
My son is 7months old. Since he was put on formula at about 2wks of age, he has suffered from the following: acid reflux, constipation, fussy during/after feedings, wake up crying during the night several times, constant spit up and choking from it. I had mentioned all this to his pedi but there was never any solutions to his problems. She wanted to prescribe medication or switch him to Soy formula but I refused to go that route. In my opinion, I felt something was causing his grief and I needed to get to the root of the problem since no one in my family suffers from it and well my daughter, now almost 6 years old never had any reflux problems either.
Being the research junkie that I am, I finally came to a conclusion. After switching from Similac Advanced to Similac Sensitive to Similac Alimentum, I finally ran across a website that pointed me in the right direction. It was an article regarding the DHA/ARA that is being used by most formula companies (commercial AND organic) and how parents had been reporting adverse affects. So I decided to shoot them an email and explain everything my son had been experiancing. THEY REPLIED!! And boy did I get the best advice ever. The lady mentioned that the only way I can rule DHA/ARA as the culprit to my son's problems was to try a formula that didn't use Martek's DHA/ARA (which is the DHA/ARA that is found in almost all formulas Similac, Enfimil, Earth's Best Organic etc.)
So I did just that. I looked up the website to the formula they suggested and went and bought it. It is only sold at Whole Foods Market (in Houston, TX) but their website suggests other stores that carry it in your area or you can buy directly through their site.
So let me back up just a bit. Right before I found this website which explained the DHA/ARA stuff, I had caved. My son's acid reflux was getting so bad and he was choking on it which would stop him from breathing for a couple of secs and formula would come through his nose, I caved and got the Prevacid my son's pedi suggested we use. While on his meds he did fine with his formula but he had diarreah which is then what lead me to do more research. SO I bought the formula and wouldn't you know, the change was immediate! My son was no longer spitting up, crying during his bottle, slept through his first night on the formula and has NOT had any episodes since he's been on this Martek DHA/ARA free formula. He's been meds free since his first day on the new formula.
Now the only thing that didn't go away was his constipation, which I now know is due to a milk allergy and not associated with the DHA/ARA stuff. As long as I feed him high fiber foods with his dairy formula he does just fine. So although he still has the potential to be constipated, it is under control by adding the right foods to his diet.
Please feel free to ask me any questions. I shared this info with my friends and I have one other friend whose son has severe GERD, projectille vomiting, and he's been on the formula 2 days now and he's symptom free! My friend can now sleep more than 3 hours a night! She's thrilled and so I know Martek's DHA/ARA is causing this reactions in babies and most mommies don't even know about it.
I hope this advise will bring relief to you as it has for me and my friend. I am not affiliated with anyone and am not marketing or advertising for anyone...I am a parent of two and just want to offer advice to other parents who are sufferign right now.