Feeding Hypersensitive Infants
Commercially prepared formulas, made from cow's milk or soya beans, have
progressed over the years toward a more "human" composition by significant
processing of the milk and addition of nutrients. Both cow’s milk and soya-based
formulas present a host of potential problems, however to some infants. Cow’s
milk causes disease through its protein content by causing both immediate and
delayed patterns of allergy. Soya formulas present similar protein allergy
problems and also contain high levels of plant estrogens that may interfere with
normal development. If mother decides not to breast feed her infant, there are
no easy safe and secure formulas to turn to.
The decision is often based on guessing which formula offers the least risk
of problems. We have deleted recommendations for soya formulas as replacements
for cow’s milk formulas. When infants react to cow’s milk formulas, hydrolysed
milk formulas, Nutramigen and Pregestamil, are usually tried. Alimental and
Neocate formulas are also available.
Mothers often contact us through the
internet asking for help feeding infants who do not tolerate any of the
“hypoallergenic” formulas that are readily available. There are infants who
develop symptoms from all formulas. For these hypersensitive babies, an
elemental formula such as Alpha ENF can be helpful to increase the nutrient
intake when food choices are limited. You can establish tolerance by slow
gradual introduction of the formula. Feeding sick infants can be a demanding
task and professional supervision is always recommended. Just as a guideline,
you can begin by mixing one teaspoon of ENF in about once cup of water, rice
milk or any juice that is tolerated and offer this 3 times a day for a few days.
If the child tolerates the introductory dose, more formula can added and the
intake volume increased slowly. Alpha ENF is designed to provide all the
vitamins and minerals at adult RNI values with 300 grams per day.
The optimal method of determining the correct dose for formula is to estimate
the nutrient intake needs of the infant and then calculate the amount of food
and formula required. Vegetable oil can be added to the ENF mix to increase the
fat content of the diet in the range of 1 to 3 teaspoons per day mixed with the
formula. A blend of half olive oil and half canola oil provides good fatty
acid composition. A common initial effect of the ENF formula is to stimulate
contractions of the stomach and small intestine. This effect subsides with use
and can be reduced by diluting the formula with more water. The most common is
to feed an infant concentrated formula and not offer enough water. Extra water
can be added to the formula or taken between formula feedings. The infant should
have frequent urination with substantial volume of slightly colored urine. If
urine volume decreases and the color becomes darker yellow, the infant needs
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Self-Managed Care. Experts in Elemental Nutrient Formulas.
The topics online
were adapted from 2 books, Feeding Children, Children and Family, written by
Stephen Gislason MD
Alpha Nutrition Program
is also required reading when diet revision is required to solve children's
- Feeding Children is a guide for parents when children are not doing well and need diet revision.
Infant feeding and proper nutrition for growing children are discussed. The book
discusses health problems that arise from the wrong food choices. The solution
is found in the Alpha Nutrition Program, a standard method of diet revision.
There are many conditions that improve with diet revision. Each condition is
described in the book.
Children, Adolescents and the Family
is a book for parents, teachers and other professionals by Stephen Gislason MD.
The book is available in print form and as a PDF file for download. Click the
links to the left to read some topics from the book.
The book, Feeding Children is packaged with the Alpha Nutrition
Program and Alpha ENF as the
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