Hypoallergenic baby formula

Allergies are not fun for anyone. The sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and headaches that accompany allergy attacks can range from merely uncomfortable and distracting to downright debilitating. Food allergies are even worse, often causing intestinal consequences and sometimes face swelling. And let’s not leave out the many different skin allergies that can result in rashes, welts and itching.

But for the mother of a newborn baby, allergies can be downright terrifying. Imagine feeding your new baby with some store bought baby formula. After feeding the baby you are met with excessive crying, diarrhea, disrupted sleeping patterns and mysterious rashes on the skin. Chances are you would not immediately suspect that your everyday run of the mill baby formula is to blame. You may change diapers, change soaps, change detergents, change nap schedules and see a doctor before you finally find out that your baby is ultra sensitive to the protein in your store bought formula and requires hypoallergenic baby formula. And all during this time you would be dealing with the guilt and sadness every mother feels while she watches her baby suffer and is unable to stop the suffering.

Chances are you have heard of hypoallergenic earrings, linens, pillows, and many other products, but hypoallergenic baby formula maybe outside your radar. Hypoallergenic baby formula is made by popular baby formula creators such as Enfamil and Similac and can be the cure you are seeking for your baby’s colic, protein sensitivity and food allergies. Like all hypoallergenic products, hypoallergenic baby formula is a formula that is created to address an existing allergy and reduce or eliminate the symptoms of the allergy.

Hypoallergenic baby formula is extremely gentle. Since most food allergies in babies are the result of a protein sensitivity, hypoallergenic baby formulas each present different methods of breaking down proteins so they are easier for your baby to digest. Proteins are created by long chains of amino acids that come together and form a single entity. The most common hypoallergenic baby formula features proteins chains that are already broken down for your baby although not in their original, individual entity format.

What would you do if your baby was so sensitive to proteins that this type of hypoallergenic baby formula did not actually help any of the allergic symptoms—or did not help them enough? Should you just go ahead and change to a vegan or soy based formula? Because protein is extremely important to a baby’s development, the switch to a non-animal protein within the baby formula may not be a healthy choice for your child. For some children, the answer to this dilemma is a hypoallergenic baby formula that contains basic amino acids instead of the traditional amino acid chains that create protein. Digesting the amino acids on an individual basis is much easier for some children than breaking apart the chains and even those hypoallergenic baby formulas that offer pre-broken chains are not easy enough to digest.

If your baby shows any signs of a food intolerance or allergy, be sure to visit your pediatrician immediately. He or she will conduct the routine tests necessary to determine what type of sensitivity your baby has and then will make a suggestion regarding the type of hypoallergenic baby formula to try. Do not be surprised, disappointed or disheartened if the formula you first try does not completely alleviate all the symptoms. Often, you have to try more than one formula before you find the right one for your baby’s individual intolerance.

As you might imagine, hypoallergenic baby formula does cost more than the non- hypoallergenic baby formula. In many cases if a medical need for the hypoallergenic baby formula can be proven your insurance company may supplement the additional cost of the hypoallergenic baby formula.

Last updated on Mar 26th, 2010 and filed under Nutritional Information. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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