August 20, 2012 at 12:51 am #70811AnonymousInactive
My DS was on Ali RTF until he was about 6 months. Then we moved and the local WIC office wont approve Ali RTF. I tried the powder for less then a week and his reflux was horrible! Never could figure out why. So I have been giving him goats milk and a multi-vitamin. He has done great on it!! Now, with solids and teething his reflux/food allergies are worse then ever. This resulted in me stopping solids for now. I worry about not enough nutrients. I would like to continue giving him Alimentum for the nutrients! So I need to figure out how to get him to tolerate the powder. I was thinking of doing half and half of Ali powder combined with goats milk. I also thickened his bottles with rice cereal. I have since he was put on Alimentum. Is this something that is reasonable to do? Any harm in it? Any other suggestions? Thanks so much!!*UPDATE in comments*
SwtBubbas 2012-08-21 09:55:30August 20, 2012 at 9:05 am #70814AnonymousInactive
I may be wrong about this but I thought that WIC had to give the formula that works for your baby as long as the the doctor prescribes it. I think (but am not sure) that Ali RTF does not contain corn, and the powder does. Corn is one of the hardest things for the digestive system to break down.
I’ve read different ideas on teething and reflux and this one makes the most sense….Teething can make reflux get way worse. This is because when the teeth are coming through the saliva becomes acidic. The acidity makes the cells in the gum die so that the tooth can come up. But this acidic saliva causes more reflux, diarrhea, and diaper rash.
Rice cereal can cause constipation. I think oat cereal is better.
I would tell the WIC office that the Ali RTF is the only formula that your child can tolerate. And ask if you can have a form to take to your doctor or if they could fax it to him/her to sign. I believe that they will also give formula past a year old if the doctor prescribes it.August 20, 2012 at 10:12 am #70815AnonymousInactive
Thanks!! See and this is what I was trying to tell the WIC office. Goats milk is awesome as long as he is getting solids too, but with his reflux/allergies we are delaying solids again for another month. I will call his GI and see if he can contact WIC. Ugh. We had such a great pattern and it was under control. Now not so much 🙁August 21, 2012 at 9:45 am #70819AnonymousInactive
After much research of the RTF and the powder I have realized another difference. The powder has xantham gum!! My DS has ALWAYS reacted to that. The two things he has had with xantham gum (Tylenol and Motrin) he has had a bad flare. This was about 2 months ago. Well, I did my research and found out that xantham gum is not always cultured on corn. It can also be cultured on soy or wheat. My DS is VERY allergic to soy, which results in tummy ache, rash, and then acid reflux flare!! So now I think that’s why he can’t handle the powder. He does fine with things like generic Tylenol or Benedryl, which doesn’t have xantham gum in it. However, it does have corn syrup. So I believe he doesn’t react to corn, but to xantham gum. Therefore, I think I will be fighting for the GI to prescribe Ali RTF so WIC can approve it. That way I don’t have to worry about getting nutrients in him everyday, while on goats milk! Such trial and error!August 21, 2012 at 11:15 am #70821AnonymousInactive
OH WOW! You are an awesome mommy to research that and figure out all that you can for your little one! I’m glad you found that out and the doctor had better listen to you! I’ll be mad with you if he doesn’t!August 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm #70824AnonymousInactive
Thank you!!! I will keep you updated 🙂January 30, 2013 at 10:29 pm #71573hellbenntKeymaster
hi! I’d like to make this thread (string of posts in a forum) a ‘sticky’ ( always at the top of the list of topics in a Forum);
So please give an update:
About the formulas & how you discovered about the sensitivity to xanthangum gum & not corn (corn is in everything)
& how you went/go about introducing foods
& what worked for your ds in terms of:
Meds (doses, etc), diet, doctors
(it’s your report that helps others, who are looking for information about these topics)
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