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Hello Ladies,
Are you both aware that Nutramigen contains casein hydrolysate, which is a milk protein? It is broken down extensively, which is what is [I]supposed[/I] to make it easier for babies to digest, but it is still a milk protein, and if your babies really do have a milk protein allergy, their symptoms will not completely go away until you switch them to a milk-free formula.
If you know about milk protein allergies though, you know that symptoms are more than just blood in the stool and gassiness. There is also wheezing, congestion, hives, rash, runny nose, eczema, vomiting, and diarrhea. Formula companies give Pediatric doctors incentives for putting their patients on their specialty formulas like Alimentum, Nutramigen, Neocate, and others, so there are a lot of pediatricians who are quick to diagnose milk allergies and lactose intolerance in infants who are really just gassy babies due to immature digestive systems that take time to develop (classic case of colic).
Another thing to consider is that Nutramigen is known for causing horrible diaper rash in infants. Doctors dismiss this fact the same way they dismiss fevers with teething. There is no scientific data saying that teething can cause fevers, so even though every single baby you know gets a fever while teething, it's a coincidence and nothing more. Even though most infants have gotten horrible diaper rash after switching to Nutramigen, it must be a coincidence because Nutramigen is hypoallergenic.
If it were my baby, I'd get a new pediatrician.
[QUOTE=sam673;3214492]Hello Ladies,
Are you both aware that Nutramigen contains casein hydrolysate, which is a milk protein? It is broken down extensively, which is what is [I]supposed[/I] to make it easier for babies to digest, but it is still a milk protein, and if your babies really do have a milk protein allergy, their symptoms will not completely go away until you switch them to a milk-free formula.
Another thing to consider is that Nutramigen is known for causing horrible diaper rash in infants. Doctors dismiss this fact the same way they dismiss fevers with teething. There is no scientific data saying that teething can cause fevers, so even though every single baby you know gets a fever while teething, it's a coincidence and nothing more. Even though most infants have gotten horrible diaper rash after switching to Nutramigen, it must be a coincidence because Nutramigen is hypoallergenic.
If it were my baby, I'd get a new pediatrician.[/QUOTE]

Well, my baby was never diagnosed with a milk protein allergy. All we know is that until he was put on Nutramigen EVERYTHING he ate went in his mouth and within an hour came back up out his nose. I'm talking EVERY drop. He was on breastmilk fortified w/ formula for extra calories and even the small amount of formula in the milk was enough to do it. (Literally, a t. in 3 oz.) Well, now he throws up maybe twice a week. As far as my being aware of what the protein makeup of Nutramigen is, yes I do know. I read the labels and also researched as much online as I could when the doctor was considering switching him to this formula. Also, we tried soy in between and that was WORSE than regular milk based formula. Not only did he throw up, he was also in pain ALL the time. His diaper rash is going to be looked at again Fri but is almost gone. It appears it was fungal so again, I can't blame the formula. Also, it wasn't until he was switched to formula exclusively (Nutramigen in fact) that he started properly gaining weight. He weighed 4 lbs @ birth so weight gain has been a top priority. He's now pushing 10 lbs @ 3 months of age. Anyway, my older brother had the same problem and was put on this formula, and he's now a healthy 25 year old. So you are welcome to your opinion and I'm not going to tell you you're wrong but I AM going to say that I FAR from agree with you.
As far as receiving incentives, I find that highly unlikely. First of all, if they get incentives then the doctor wouldn't be willing to give multiple samples, as the incentives would be for getting the patient to PURCHASE the formula. I seriously doubt the ped gets anything for it. In fact, she did everything she could to AVOID him ending up on such a pricey formula. So let me think about this. He has a pediatrician who, by 1 month of age knew who we were and has clearly never had ANYTHING but DS's best interest at heart. She also talks to you like you're a person and ACTUALLY have a brain inside your head, AND she listens to you when you say that something isn't right, he's not acting like he normally does. So, sure...just because she said to give him a formula that he would actually be able to keep down AND gain weight on, AND always has his best interest at heart, I think I'm going to go find a new doctor b/c that just seems like the thing to do.
So thank you for your input but I think I'll continue to do what has been working for a month now and I also think I'll keep using the same doctor.
Thanks. He is now on Alimentum (Nutramigens counterpart) from Similac. It is the same, just has a few different ingredients. He is doing well on it. Less gassy and fussy and he had a HORRIBLE rash from the Nutramigen. Something in it wasn't agreeing with him. So, he was switched. He had that rash for 6 weeks (docs didn't believe it could be the formula) and after 2 days on the Alimentum, it was gone. You have to give any switch a good 2 weeks (unless you really notice a huge change). I am thankful that he is doing better. I hope the Nutramigen works for you. ;)
My 6-month old son is on Nutramigen and has been gaining weight steadily on this formula for almost two months. Jack was a 'failure to thrive baby', and was finally diagnosed at 4.5 months with a milk protein allergy. We have been struggling with a severe, weeping, bleeding diaper rash for one month. No prescription or over the counter creams have been able to heal the painful, open sores on my son's scrotum and buttocks. He is cleaned immediately after a bowel movement and given the full treament of a cool water cleanse, hair dryer time, creams, and finally some pure cornstarch to help absorb the next bowel movement. Today Jack had blood in his stool on three occasions. His sleep is often interrupted these days by the pain of a bowel movement touching his tender, raw skin. We are awaiting the allergy test results to determine if Jack is also allergic to soy. I am holding my breath as it is crystal clear to me that Nutramigen is causing my son's horrible rash. This formula is a blessing in that it enables children with milk protein allergies to gain weight, but it is also a curse as it causes severe skin lesions.





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