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Soy Formula

Postby uggbug » Wed May 25, 2011 9:44 pm

My ped says to switch to soy formula. My LO has been having frequent watery stools for the past 4 days with screaming that looks like he's in some serious pain. IYO, which is the best brand of soy formula? I don't care about cost. I just want him to be happy and comfortable.
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Postby molly » Thu May 26, 2011 3:30 am

Not sure which brand, but just be careful with soy as if it is digestive issues soy can cause problems too (babies who have reations to cows milk based formulas will often react to soy). My LO has just been diagnosed with multiple food allergies - most probably cows milk allergy and we have had to go on a hypoallergenic formula called Neocate. Is your LO having any other problems/symptoms?
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Postby Hunnybunny22 » Thu May 26, 2011 5:35 am

soy can cause problems if it is allergy related. we are also not allowed to use soy for boys as it can cause hormonal problems with the plant estrogens in soy. i would switch to something hypoallergenic or maybe try lactose free. we use neocate. i have her allimentum and elecare nutramigen and aptimil pepti are good also enfamil is good too. khloe has constant diarrhea on normal milk based formula and mucus in her stool. she has runny poo now but is a much happier child
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Postby uggbug » Thu May 26, 2011 7:29 am

Yep I've been reading about the soy issues. Not sure why the peds office went right to soy????
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Postby uggbug » Thu May 26, 2011 8:51 am

I just placed an order online for Alimentum after researching more today. Kind of ticks me off ped told me go right to soy. Esp since he's a boy.
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Postby molly » Thu May 26, 2011 3:44 pm

Neocate has been an absolute God-send for us, so if the Alimentum doesn't seem to work, maybe consider that? My LO had constant diarrhea (that caused sores on her bottom), abdominal pain, backarching/stiffness, weight loss and got to the stage where she refused to feed at all. Neocate made a difference in 24hours for us. Hope you get it sorted! It's awful seeing them so uncomfortable!
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Postby uggbug » Thu May 26, 2011 7:42 pm

molly wrote:Neocate has been an absolute God-send for us, so if the Alimentum doesn't seem to work, maybe consider that?


We think alike. This was my plan. From what I've read Neocate is a step above the Alimentum and for severe issues. Going to see how the Alimentum works and if no luck onto the Neocate. Since DS was diagnosed over the phone I'm not sure what we are exactly dealing with just yet. Can you only buy Neocate from their website? Does anywhere else sell it?

He's been on Similac Advance Care RTF since birth. At first he would only poo once every 2-3 days. Normal consistancy. Then the past four days he's had 3-6 watery, smelly poos a day. Screaming in pain. Arches back and his little left leg just goes like crazy in and out. I feel so bad for him. I was in tears two nights ago over it. Mylicon doesn't really seem to do much either. Poo was already a peanut butter consistancy today after one day on soy and he only went one time today. He did scream through it but it was a much better day then the last 4 days. Hoping the Alimentum works!
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Postby molly » Thu May 26, 2011 9:32 pm

I'm in Australia, so it might be different.... But I get it from the local pharmacy - they order it in. It is really expensive, but with a prescription from a Dr it's not too bad.
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Postby Hunnybunny22 » Fri May 27, 2011 2:12 am

molly wrote:Neocate has been an absolute God-send for us, so if the Alimentum doesn't seem to work, maybe consider that? My LO had constant diarrhea (that caused sores on her bottom), abdominal pain, backarching/stiffness, weight loss and got to the stage where she refused to feed at all. Neocate made a difference in 24hours for us. Hope you get it sorted! It's awful seeing them so uncomfortable!


neocate is god for us too! both my kids have been on it and thrived. we are in the uk so we have neocate lcp but the US have their own
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Postby uggbug » Fri May 27, 2011 8:42 am

He is 3 weeks and 1 day.
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Postby Cayman4 » Sat May 28, 2011 11:40 am

We have DS on alimentum, still. It works great though. We are trying to rule out a milk allergy. Even though it's very expensive, we are lucky that insurance covers it. Call your insurance company and see if they will cover it. If they do get a script from your doctor for the appropriate amoutn per month. I wish I did this from the beginning. It would have saved me so much money.
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Postby uggbug » Sat May 28, 2011 2:53 pm

Good to know. Worth a try.
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Postby molly » Sun May 29, 2011 4:58 am

Good luck with it and KUP! Hope your LO gets quick relief! I think normally you're supposed to give it 2 weeks on a new formula, to let their body adjust - but you'll probably know in a few days after starting...Like I said the Neocate started to make a difference straight away, and that was even mixed with breastmilk as she didn't like the taste. It all started for us around 2 or 3 weeks - that's when I realised something wasn't quite right. It took until over 3 months to get a diagnosis (the 1st pedi I saw told me I just had a 'difficult' baby and I couldn't tolerate her!! :roll: ).
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Postby uggbug » Sun May 29, 2011 3:54 pm

It started around 3 weeks for my baby too. He's doing much better on the Alimentum after only 2-3 days. I hope it continues. He is so much more calm now. No arching. No screaming fits for hours. Content and happy or sleeping most of the day/night. Poo is one a day and the right color and consistency now. Fingers crossed it all continues. Thanks for the suggestions. Really useful!
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Postby molly » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:02 pm

How are things going? Have you seen much improvement? :D
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