Can't seem to find the right formula for my 6mnth old???

Sheree - posted on 06/27/2009 ( 98 moms have responded )

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We have tried a few different formulas, even one that is best for upset tummys. I still feel like we could be giving something better. What formula are you giving?

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I tried everything under the sun. Even went to a medical supply company and tried prescription only formulas. Nothing. My grandmother came over one day and had a can of goat's milk. Never had a problem again. It's in the baker's aisle.

Hillary - posted on 06/27/2009

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Be careful using soy formulas with boys, they contain estrogen and it is usually recommended that you try anything else besides soy. Goat's milk worked wonders for my nephew, it eases gas and is easy to find. Anything with a "sensitive" formula will make digestion easier for your baby. Also, babies almost always have trouble pooting and pooping until they are about 4 months, so hang in there! My daughter is now 7 months, and even she gets red faced sometimes.

Tracy - posted on 07/02/2009

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Hi, My two year old daughter Abbey is Special needs but when she was born most of her problems were related to her food and the formula she was on. Eventually doctors put her on SMA LF it doesn't have cows milk in.. It worked brilliantly for her. THen when my nine month old was born I started her on cows milk formula but she was so cross so I also changed her onto SMA LF and she has flown it ever since. I have also shared this with a number of my friends who have thought it was a good change.......... Although be ware that changing a babys food too often gives them constipation and makes them cross.... Best of luck

Kaitlin - posted on 07/01/2009

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My Daughter started out on soy simalc, and she didn't do well with it at all, my doctor recommended Nestle Good Start, and we had absolutly NO problems with it at all! Hope this helps!

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Natasha - posted on 07/03/2009

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My daughter had problems like this and her doctor told us to try Nutramigen. It's the only formula that works for her. It's a little more pricey, but it gave her instant relief. Hope this helped, and good luck.

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I use Enfamil Nutramigen, it is a hypoallergenic formula. My first two months was the toughest for me. I breastfed my daughter but whatever I ate she seems to be allergic and would vomit. So, I had to watch what I ate. I breastfed her until she was 3 1/2 months. I decided to go with formula thinking it might be better for her little stomach. Turns out that she was allegic to cow's milk find in most formulas. I even tried soy but it didin't work. Her pediatrician recommended Nutramigen and it works like a charm. Now she is happy 5 months old baby.

Amanda - posted on 07/02/2009

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If he has a gas problem then I suggest adding gas drops to the bottle. This helped us out alot. Also, the doctor browns bottles work the best at reducing any extra air so that helps avoid excess gas. If the baby is under a year (which I assume since he is still on formula) then I would not give him any juices or milk. Just stick with formula. If he is under six months then I would even stay away from any baby foods too since this can upset their stomach. I had a very picky formula eater and a gassy girl. Like I said I put the reccommended amount of gas drops (according to the label) in each of her bottles and it helped so much. Try this with the current formula he is on. I also would say to try each formula for at least a week or two. You don't want to switch them too frequently since that could cause him to get upset too. Babies in the early times like consistency. Also, the Enfamil Premium Lipil and Similac Advanced have a fluffier consistency and my little one liked that better. It was just smoother when mixed. Sometimes too you might have to try the premade formulas they are thicker and have less air in them since you don't have to mix them with water. Good luck!

Debbie - posted on 07/02/2009

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My son responds well to Member's Mark/Parent's Choice. He has not had to much trouble with it.

Tracy - posted on 07/02/2009

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Quoting Sheree:


Hi, If you could get the DR Browns bottles they are fantastic for wind. Also if you could get detinox colic drops and put two to three drops in the baby's bottle last feed at night or if you don't like giving him them give him a bottle of water and brown sugar late afternoon with a little tummy time after it.............. Expert in windy babies trust me



 

Samantha - posted on 07/01/2009

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i had my son on isomil and it is a soy formula , cause he was really colicy and had bad gas ect and it seemed to settle him right down and fill him up i also used avent bottle which have a vent in them so the air goes into the bottle when drinking but the vent does not let it come back out when baby goes to drink !

J'me - posted on 07/01/2009

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My daughter had issues with Similac AND Enfamil... the regular gave her loose stools and gas, and the soy made her constipated. It got to the point where we were giving her gas drops before EVERY bottle!!vWe switched to Carnation Goodstart, and it was like a dream - no more problems!! Hope this helps... ?

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My daughter had colic. She was on Alimentum from Similac I believe. She did really well with it. It even cleared up her projectile vomiting, and acid reflux problems. Hope this helps!

Cidalia - posted on 07/01/2009

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If he's really having troubles -- more than what you would consider to be within a normal range, by all means talk to your baby's doctor to rule out possible issues like reflux, milk protein allergy, or lactose intolerance (rare, but it happens).

Kasandra - posted on 07/01/2009

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I am using the emfamili gentlease, the purple can. and my baby has lactose issues.

Sheree - posted on 07/01/2009

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Quoting Sheree:



Quoting Tiffeny:

Have you tried breast feeding?






Hi Tiffeny. Yes I breastfed from birth up until my son just wanted more and faster!! He would scream when my milk wouldnt come down fast enuf. I decided to introduced a bottle (formula) as a top up at that until he decided to wean himself fully. 






Because I breastfed and realising my son was becoming upset from this too, I am wondering, from other peoples threads and situations, if it is not just the formula. I am currently looking into if his troubles have something to do with reflux or even him being lactose intolerant.



 



I have heard that some babies with reflux would like to constantly suck? could this be why he would become frustrated at the breast if my milk wouldnt come in fast enuf and prefered the bottle? Would changing formula matter if the underlying problem is reflux? (in saying so I know u can get formulas to suit a reflux baby)



So many things to look into as no-one (medically speaking) has suggested he has reflux before.



My son was offered a dummy, which he accepted with an open mouth. During his constant waking at night (currently every hour), reassurance of his dummy would usually put him back to sleep. Could this also be a sign of reflux?



SOLUTIONS/CHANGES MADE SO FAR - I have started to put Infacol (NZ product) in his bottle and this seems to have helped with not producing so many bubbles and possibly producing more wind for my son (in a good way) as he seems to be passing wind a lot more frequently (altho still waking at night due to this).



I have increased solids to 2 meals a day (hes a hungry baby), which he enjoys. The last few days he has woke in the morning and soiled his nappy, doing so for the last 3 days and maybe sometimes twice a day. Is this good??



Will by adding the infacol to his bottles and increasing his solids (therefore having less formula)be enuf for his tummy to settle?? I guess only time will tell. But by waiting to see how this affects him in the long run, am I wasting time??



 



There is so much to think about and allowing time for him to adjust to new ways so I can record/eliminate what is working/or not takes time. 



It is a little frustrating, but i just want to enjoy a healthy happy little boy (and for us both to fet decent sleep lol)



 



I just wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to read the threads and give advice and also to those who have added their situations too. It has opened my eyes completley. And I say again, it is so unfair for our young ones these days that we have to worry about reflux and being intolerant.

Sheree - posted on 07/01/2009

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Quoting Tiffeny:

Have you tried breast feeding?



Hi Tiffeny. Yes I breastfed from birth up until my son just wanted more and faster!! He would scream when my milk wouldnt come down fast enuf. I decided to introduced a bottle (formula) as a top up at that until he decided to wean himself fully. 

Sheree - posted on 07/01/2009

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Quoting Jane:

I has similar probs with my girl, she weaned herself off of the breats at 7 weeks old then I struggled with formulas because she got bad colic...I've ended up giving ou daughter Nutricia-Kareecare 'De-Lact' Lactose free milk!!! Worked wonders!!! She is a whole new bubb!! No more reflux, no more spewing/overflow, NO more wind & I mean NONE at ALL!!! And she's just happier, much happier!!! I also use Avent bottles/teats, that help her colic too!!



Hi Jane, thanks for your thread. Just wondering if this was following advice from a doc? Is ur daughter lactose intolerant or was it just colic/reflux that was upsetting her? 

Kristin - posted on 07/01/2009

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Our son use to have all sorts of problems. What finally worked was putting a little gripe water in his formula. The key is to find one with no alcohol in it. I recommend the Baby's Bliss brand. It works wonders for colic, hiccups and even gas - WAY better than the infant gas remedies we tried - and mom can use it too. It's relatively inexpensive (you only use a little amount each time) and was a miracle worker for our son. We jokingly called it "baby prozac". LOL! If you want to check it out, the link is http://www.babysbliss.com/default.aspx.

Kailee - posted on 07/01/2009

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My daughter was pretty sensitive and we had a hard time when she was first born. But it seems that she's lactose intolerant like me. We switched her to Simulac Sensitive early and she's been good on it ever since (she's 10 months now). But I wanted to tell you my mom had the same problem with me and I was raised on goats milk. Don't know if they still do that...but it's an idea?

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Don't know what options you have there. My first son I breastfed and supplemented and the Dr's gave him Similac, but he was very spitty up and gassy so they put him on that allimentum (spelling?) but it's expensive so they took him off it and I switched him to Nestle GoodStart with DHA/ARA and he did great. I just had my second Son the end of December and I breast fed him until 4-5 months supplementing very little but started off with the Nestle GoodStart again and he has done good except he is alot more spitty up than my first Son was. I have found I have to warm his bottles up otherwise he will really spit up. If your not warming up his bottles maybe try that and maybe switch formula's. Hope this helps I see you've gotten A LOT of response!

Chasa - posted on 07/01/2009

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the enfamil + is good with the Dha and Aha and omaga 3and 6 in it, and they make it so their is less bubbles! also my sister and law tried everything and her lil girls were still upset and fussy and gassy and it ended up that they couldnt take the cows milk in them, so she switched to soy based and everythin was good....slept nights and less fussing!

Jill - posted on 07/01/2009

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Have you ever heard of Bio Gaia? There is a study that is published in Pediatrics Journal that has shown that the probiotic strain, L. reuteri Protectis, can make a huge difference in Colicky and constipated babies. I think the study shows a 90% success rate. My doctor said that she has had a 100% success rate with all the babies that she has prescribed it to.
It worked miracles for my baby as he had a sensitive tummy and would spit up quite a bit! I have had 2 friends use it as well and they both claim it was amazing.
=)

Ana - posted on 07/01/2009

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Hi... I am sorry that you are having that problem. I will like to tell you that the same happend to me. My child's Docotor recommended that the milk be changed to Infamil Nutramigen. Its the container with the white and orange. It is a pit expensive. here in NY the cost is 27 USD but it was worth it. My daughter was using the bathroom and was not colic any moore..... The only bad part was that she still had spit up frequently... but I also got a medicine for that( I dont recall the name.) I hope this helps.

Jane - posted on 07/01/2009

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I has similar probs with my girl, she weaned herself off of the breats at 7 weeks old then I struggled with formulas because she got bad colic...I've ended up giving ou daughter Nutricia-Kareecare 'De-Lact' Lactose free milk!!! Worked wonders!!! She is a whole new bubb!! No more reflux, no more spewing/overflow, NO more wind & I mean NONE at ALL!!! And she's just happier, much happier!!! I also use Avent bottles/teats, that help her colic too!!

Jennifer - posted on 07/01/2009

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My daughter had bad acid reflux and the only formula that helped was Alimentum..it is by the makers of Similac. She became a totally different baby after. She was crying a lot less...could sleep on a flat surface, was happier. It was a godsend. It is expensive but was worth it for us.

Kathleen - posted on 07/01/2009

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I had to give me daughter Similac Sensitive (the concentrate) and then add an ounce of rice into it because she has bad acid reflux and she could not tolerate the powder. Have you tried the concentrate versus the powder?

Nicole - posted on 07/01/2009

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My son is currently on Soy formula. He gets lots of gas with it being soy so we switched to the Playtex Drop-In bottles. These work GREAT since you can push all the excess air out of the bottle before you feed your baby. Also make sure to give your baby gas drops. Our pediatrician said we can give as many drops as needed. You might want to try the gripe water as well.

Dana - posted on 07/01/2009

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Ive never heard of giving Goats Milk!! Thats crazy, I want to give it a go, I have a 6 month old boy, Cruz. Good stuff guys

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Depends - not sure where you live, but in Australia I used for my baby Nan HA Gold (by Nestle). Was better than the formula that was used in the hospital. But sometimes it's a matter of trying it till you get it right.

Fiona - posted on 07/01/2009

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Hi Sheree, my little boy is now 19 months, but when we was only a few months old he was really bad with sickness, upset tummy and then refusing his formula milk.. It got so bad that I had to take him to hospital.



He was on SMA gold, which I changed to Cow and Gate Comfort 1, and I also changed the teats of his bottles to a slightly faster flow because the formula is thicker. It was a god send and I never looked back.



I hope this helps you out a bit and your baby settles for you.

Becky - posted on 06/30/2009

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I swore by nestle goodstart with dha. He did so well on it because I couldnt breastfeed that I reccomend it highly :)

Abby - posted on 06/30/2009

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I'm surprised nobody has suggested goat's milk! It is a wonderful alternative to any formula as it's the closest thing to breast milk. Think about it, cows have 4 stomachs and goats only have two. Which do you think would be easier to digest in us humans as we only have 1 stomach?? I have been using goat's milk with my little girl since she was 10 weeks old. I had to stop breastfeeding at 8 weeks because she wasn't getting enough food, she wasn't gaining enough weight. The formulas all either made her vomit or horribly constipated. My mom told me she used goat's milk on my younger sister. My husband and I did some research and found it to be a great alternative. We use the powdered version or the canned version that is found on the baking isle of almost any grocery store. You just delude it with the appropriate amounts of water, add brown rice syrup (for calories, it's a natural sweetener so there is no sugar) and as long as you give them an infant multi-vitamin daily (we buy ours in a liquid form, it makes it easier) they get all of the calories and nutrition they need. Formulas generally cause constipation, so for the first few days they might be constipated, but after the formula passes out of their system they will have regular bowel movements again..and sleep through the night! My Ruthie has been sleeping through the night since she was around 4 months old. I would suggest to anybody reading this that has had constipation issues or frequent spit up issues in their infant to look into goat's milk!! Here is a link to Dr. Sears website with an article about goat's milk: http://askdrsears.com/html/3/t032400.asp Towards the bottom of the article, there is a link for a simple baby formula using the Meyenberg Goat's Milk.

Ellen - posted on 06/30/2009

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We went through a number of different formulas with my son. The one that seemed to work best for his is/was Good Start. He used to spit-up quite often & it decreased. Finally settled down when he started eating solids. Good luck & hang in there:)

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My suggestion is Similac Alimentum Ready to Feed. My daughter has reflux and we went through all of the same stuff. I finally tried this one and it did wonders. Many babies with reflux also have a milk protein allergy, so that could be part of it. It's hard to tell sometimes, but sounds like my daughter. It's expensive formula and worth every penny. However, make sure it is the ready to feed version, not the powder. There is corn in the powdered version, and it is very lumpy. The only problem is that it isn't as filling and some of the little ones get hungry sooner. I hope that helps. Feel free to email me w/ any questions. I've been through it all w/ my two kids and daughter is now 7 months.
Paige
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Whitney - posted on 06/30/2009

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My son had a really hard time with alot of formulas. Try Enfimil Lipil. Also at six months you can start intigrating foods like mashed bananas and first step foods

Lynn - posted on 06/30/2009

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After ruling out reflux and intolerances or allergies, also consider infant massage - your midwife or baby nurse may know some massage strokes which may help with gas and other tummy troubles. Good luck!

Donna - posted on 06/30/2009

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My grandbaby was going through horrible tummy upset until we switched him to Safeway's Brand Mom2Mom it is the best, he hasnt spit up since, and he has tried all of them. Good Luck.

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Try Carnation Good Start it is formulated to break down in the tummy's easier. My daughter had alot of problems till we got her on this formula.

Mercedes - posted on 06/30/2009

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I would definetly recomend the Nutramagin with the Dr.Brown bottles. My son had terrible tummy issues and this was the only formula that worked for him. Never had any problems once we started on the Nutramagin which is made by Enfamil.Good Luck.

Amylia - posted on 06/30/2009

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I tried all those too! Nutramigen is pricey, but it's the only thing that worked for lil Ceeg. He was feeling great in like two days :)

Sharyn - posted on 06/30/2009

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I"m using parents choice from walmart ... after we tried similac and enfamil .... both of which did not agree with her ..... we use sensitivity or gentle of parents choice and it agrees with her.

Gisselda - posted on 06/30/2009

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My son had constipation- gas issues when he was first born, I switched him from similiac to Enfamil but the ones that says for fussiness and gas. It is a bit more watery but it worked, I also switched his bottles to DR. Browns. Also give your son home made Prune tea (take 2 - 3 prunes add 2-3 ounces of water cook on low heat until the prune is really soft, take a spoon and help the prune dissolve further, use a strainer to make sure that no pieces will get stuck in the nipple let it cool and give it to the baby. You can do that up to twice a day. I would also add chamomile to the tea (while cooking). This is all natural and wont harm the baby. (the chamomile will also help him sleep).Hope it helps!

Sarah - posted on 06/30/2009

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We tried every formula for our daughter, and nothing worked until our doctor suggested adding a scoop of baby probiotic to her bottle. Within days, we noticed a drastic improvement in her upset tummy. :-)

Tanya - posted on 06/30/2009

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For my son, who had/has severe reflux, we tried everything under the sun! Enfamil Gentlease worked the best in the end... but for a while had to use Nutramigen (which is very costly & quite stinky too). I live in Canada... not sure where you are, but this is what worked best for us. He is now almost 2 & still has reflux... we also medicated him with Prevacid fast tabs, disolved in warm water & gave to him on a spoon. Worth looking into.

Latoya - posted on 06/30/2009

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I went through the same thing with my now 10mo old daughter. Similac Alimentum work for her. It's pretty expensive @ $28 a can. It's a hypoallergenic formula for food allergies & colic.

Missy - posted on 06/30/2009

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Hello....my daughter had bad reflux problems and constipation. I have tried EVERY forumla to try...the best one so far that I found and use...is Enfamil A.R. Lipil for babies who spit up frequently. It has rice cereal mixed in with it...helps keep the formula in her tummy. Another good formula to try is Similac Isomil Soy formula...I have tried that, but because of my kid's reflux had to (put rice cereal in a blender and ground it up and add to the formula). She took that well too...but it kind of has a stinky smell to it too. (IThe soy formula). If your baby has gas...my friend swears on Enfamil for babies with gas and fussiness. Hope this helps ya some! Take it easy girl!

Sheree - posted on 06/30/2009

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Hey thanks so much to everyone who has replied. From other peoples experiences it sounds like the formula isnt the main problem. At the time of talking to my doctor previously, she didnt seem to think it was a big issue, but this time im gona make sure i get a result. It does sound like he either has silent reflux or may even be lactose intolerant. I was using gripe water and now using infocol but obviously its not gona make the difference i need it to if theres more of an under lying problem. I feel bad for not looking into anything further, so thanks to everyone. I will get a result!

Sacha - posted on 06/30/2009

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Both of my boys were started on SMA gold. They both suffered with really bad colic, then I found Cow and Gate complete when daniel was 4 weeks old. It was brilliant. He settled for longer between feeds and the colice disappear instantly. The only down side was his stools became very loose but so long as the baby is well hydrated it isn't a problem. Its designed for easier digestion and less air gets into the feed somehow.

JUDY - posted on 06/30/2009

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MY SON IS ALLERGIC TO MILK. SO HE WAS GIVEN ELECARE WHICH DID HIM WONDERS NOVOMITING NO TUMMY ACHES NOTHING. IT IS ALSO USED FOR KIDS WITH GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS..THE FORMULA IS VERY EXPENSIVE THOUGH IT CAN RUN ANYWHERE FROM $38-$47 A 14OZ CAN AND IT ONLY COMES POWDER

Kelly - posted on 06/30/2009

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My son had symptoms similar to your baby. He was gassy and fussy, especially at might and would vomit occasionally. We had him tested and it turned out he ws lactose intolerant. We switched him to a lactose free formua and all the tummy troubles went away. If you have had problems with all the formulas you have tried, maybe you should talk to your pediatrician.

Corrie - posted on 06/30/2009

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Nutramagin is very expensive but we were also very successful with it...my children are oler now and have both surpassed milk allregies but back then it seemed like it was endless...

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