Help! I need to use a new formula!

Jodi - posted on 12/17/2008 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hello! I have 3 children and all three have/had allergies. My 3 year old son has severe allergies and carries an epi-pen whereas my 2 year old "out-grew" his. My daughter is 7 months old and has been on soy formula. I breast fed her for 6 weeks. At 6 weeks, her skin flared up worse than my first born. I moved to soy formula and she did great. I tried dairy formula for a couple days several months ago and she was a different baby--very cranky and just not herself...so, back to soy. However, now every time I feed her a bottle she gets red patches all over her face and neck immediately upon eating. Her skin is not raised, just blotchy and it goes away pretty quickly. Has anyone used other types of formula? I assume there is rice and oatmeal out there...any recommendations?

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Kristee-Lea - posted on 01/22/2009

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I am going through the same thing at the moment with my 4 and half mnth old.....he is breastfed but needs formula as well and w have since found out from a top notch specialist that he has many allergies including dairy, lactose, slight allergy to corn and the list goes on so just letting you know there are others out there in the same predicament

Nazreen - posted on 01/22/2009

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Hi there



Maybe u should give GOATS MILK a go.My son (now 3) was on it from age 11 months  because of Dairy & Soy allergy. It has more nutrients than rice milk (I've heard) The powdered  Goats milk lasts longer and I found the fresh Goats milk too rich. Many paediatricians will say it has no nutritional value, but  it worked and he was fine.I gave him CALSUBA POWDER as a calcium supplement. I have now switched to rice milk as its a bit cheaper and once they are on solids, it becomes easier. GOOD LUCK

Heather - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son is allergic to milk and soy. I used Nutramigen. Good Luck!



Also, I know Nutramigen and Alimentum are both covered by most insurance companies. Which was wonderful!!!!

Sarah - posted on 01/09/2009

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We had this problem with our little boy as he had a severe reaction to milk, went into anaphalatic shock so i a completley understand how you feel. Our GP gave us a formula called neocate which has everything removed from it but still gives the baby all the nutrients they need. I hope this helps. Good luck. xx

Trisha - posted on 01/09/2009

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That is awesome!  I'm so glad it was such an easy fix.  Enjoy that healthy, gorgeous child!

Jodi - posted on 01/09/2009

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I went to the allergist yesterday and got surprising results. Aria was neither allergic to soy or dairy! So, why the horrible rash that only came when she had a bottle??? Apparently, the sucking motion caused her blood to stay close to the surface of her fair skin and cause a severe rash. There is an official name for it, but I forgot what it was called. The doctor was able to examine my daughter while eating a bottle and was surprised at how red she became. Since it only started happening about a month ago, he felt it was a phase during growth and nothing to be worried about. I went home and changed the nipple on her bottle to a larger size and the rash could hardly be seen...who would have thought!!! I was just so grateful that she didn't have allergies to the formulas. She may still have allergies, but at least now I can rest assured it is safe to give her formula. Yeah! :)

Jodi - posted on 01/06/2009

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Aria sees the allergist in a couple days and hopefully we'll get some answers then. I will check out that blog! :) Thanks! Oh, and I'll check with the doctor about that special formula too!

Trisha - posted on 01/06/2009

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I nursed Landon until he was about 30 months because of his food allergies.  We didn't get a diagnosis until he was 15 months old so we kept breastfeeding until we knew what was going on.  We were told to supplement with formula when we got the diagnosis.  But all formula's have corn syrup in them.  Even the fancy schmancy formula's with the broken down proteins.  Which the doctors swear will not impact an allergic child.  That is not true.  Landon had a horrible reaction to it so I pulled him off of it and went back to nursing and our Super Smoothie.  I started giving him a daily smoothie when he was about 8 months old.  The recipe has changed as his allergies change but the recipe is below.  Add or subtract ingredients as you find stuff that works.  No offense to the formula companies but is there anything super special about their nutrition knowledge that I can't learn?  So I looked on the back of the formula can and created my own.  Quit gasping.  That with the breastfeeding kept us in the clear.  He's still doing a mini smoothie everyday.  Good luck!



I just started a blog on food allergies and am posting the super smoothie recipe today so check it out.  



 



http://funkyfoodallergies.blogspot.com/

Cindy - posted on 01/06/2009

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Talk to your pediatrician, there is a formula called alimentum, it is milk based but the protein is completley broken down and if prescibed by the doctor can sometimes get covered by the insurance company so you may want to talk with them.. also if your baby doen's tolerate that there are even more broken down formulas !! hopefully it doesn't get to that, good luck

Jodi - posted on 12/23/2008

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You'd think I'd have this "allergy stuff" figured out by now, because my two boys suffer(ed) with allergies. I did run out of my natural dish soap and switched to Dawn until I could get to the health food store...hmmm. I use glass bottles or the bpa-free plastic ones when I take her out of the house. What did you do for formula with a child allergic to corn? Were you able to nurse for a long time?

I will be taking her to see the allergist after the holidays...Thanks so much for the advice! :)

Trisha - posted on 12/22/2008

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Have you taken her to see an allergist yet? There are formulas available that have the proteins broken down like the milk protein in emfamil lactose free. But most formula's are almost entirely corn syrup--my youngest is allergic to corn--so there's no easy answer. She could be reacting to the type of bottle you're using, a new dish washing detergent, etc. I would have her patch tested for allergies. It made our life so much better.

Carlie - posted on 12/20/2008

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my daughter is also very sensitive to milk based formulas, but she had some very odd reactions to soy based aswell, so i put her on emfamil lactose free, its not cheap but it made our lives alot easier. it removes the milk sugars not the proteins, sovapparently lactose intolerance is an improbable diagnosis under 1 year old, or so my health nurse repeatedly tells me, but that and the emfamil gentlease (80% less lactose) r good for milk sensitivities. good luck

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