Elecare

Stephanie - posted on 03/11/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hello, I have now a 2 month old and she has started this prescription formula called Elecare and I am having a very hard time getting her to eat it. I have tried everything from mixing it with the Alimentum, adding a drop of vanilla extract, hershey's syrup (1 tsp to 4 oz) and now she seems to like the hershey's Strawberry (1 tsp to 4 oz) like the nutritionist had suggested but still she is eating very little. Any suggestions if your child has been on this or is on this. I am just worried because she hasn't put on much weight since birth and she finely put on a pound in one week (this past week) and I am afraid she is going to go back down if she doesn't keep her intake of formula. Thanks in advance for any suggestions or tips.

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Devan'sMom - posted on 05/02/2011

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Stephanie - posted on 03/13/2009

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I thank you for your response, but I actually ended up stopping the formula because I tried everything with her and she hated it and whatever she did drink she would throw it up. I saw that they had the vanilla flavor and I asked about it but they don't want her on that until she is year. I have stopped went back to normal Similac Advance and she has actually been doing well. I took her off the EleCare and her Zantac and she is actually doing better so I will see what they say at her follow up. Thanks again.

Sara - posted on 03/13/2009

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My son didn't really like the Elecare at first either. It does have a really strong smell/flavor. I actually tasted it one time and it tasted like throw up to me :0 However, he was on soy, so I slowly mixed them together for the first week or so. 3/4 soy, 1/4 elecare for a day or two until he was taking it pretty good. Then 1/2 and 1/2. Then mostly Elecare until he was completely on it. I don't know if that's an option for you, but that's how it worked for my son. They do make Vanilla Elecare, if that is an option for you. I don't know if its more expensive or not, but I'd think it'd have a little better flavor. However, I would imagine that your daughter will eventually get used to the taste.

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