You prepare the baby formula according to the instructions on the package, give it to your little one, and problems begin. It turns out that the baby, instead of bursting with health and energy, is regurgitating, has colic, or is constantly hungry. Sometimes, the reason for such issues may be the wrong choice of baby formula. In such a situation, it is best to consult your baby’s pediatrician right away. If the doctor finds that the baby’s health problems are actually caused by an improperly matched baby mixture, he will probably suggest a different one. Check out what kinds of formulas can help your baby in the situations presented below.
The Baby Is Always Hungry
This means that your little one needs a more filling formula. Make sure that what you give your baby is appropriate for its age. You will find this information on the packaging. For babies up to 6 months, the starting milk marked with the number “1”, such as Holle organic formula Stage 1, is suitable. After 6 months, the baby requires follow-on milk marked with the number “2”. If the baby receives a formula appropriate for its age, and yet is still hungry, you should reach for a special type of baby formula enriched with rice gruel marked with the symbol “R”.
The Baby Is Gaining Weight Poorly
Poor weight gain may indicate that the baby has some health problems, e.g., food allergy, chronic infection, or anemia. In such cases, the baby has no appetite and eats unwillingly. In rare cases, slow weight gain can be caused by a condition called malabsorption syndrome. It manifests itself, e.g., poor digestion and fat absorption. In such a situation, the baby should be given a special mixture with MCT content. These are easily digestible fats, easily absorbed by the body.
Baby formulas with the addition of MCT are usually available on prescription. If your infant is gaining weight poorly, you should visit a pediatrician who will accurately determine the cause of the problem and recommend the right mixture for your little one. It may also turn out that the baby is healthy and weighs too little because, during intensive development, it uses more energy than it did before.
The Baby Has Allergy Symptoms
If there are allergy sufferers in your family, the pediatrician may offer your infant prophylactically baby formula of the HA type. Particles of cow’s milk proteins are partially fragmented in it, which significantly reduces the risk of allergy and makes the meal easier to digest. However, this milk must not be given to a child who has already been diagnosed with cow’s milk protein allergy.
The Baby Has Colic
There can be many reasons for such a problem. One of them is lactose intolerance. Lactose is a natural sugar contained in cow’s milk and baby formulas. Some infants cannot tolerate this sugar because their body still produces little lactase, the enzyme needed to digest lactose. Babies with colic can be fed formulas marked as “Comfort,” “Sensitive,” or “Anti Colic.” Consider checking the offer of an organic baby formula shop to find the most suitable product for your baby.
The Baby Regurgitates Frequently
If your baby is less than six months old, you shouldn’t worry about regurgitation. In infants of this age, it is a natural phenomenon resulting from the immaturity of the digestive system. However, if the amount of food regurgitated is so large that the baby constantly demands food, you may need to change the baby formula to one with the addition of potato starch or locust bean gum. These ingredients thicken the food, making it difficult for regurgitation. Baby formulas with starch are marked with the letters “AR.”