K.R. asks from Morro Bay, CA on September 02, 2009
Anyone Tried Nutramigen?
recently my ped. reccomended nutramigen. my son might have a problem with lactose and i don't want to use soy so she said to try this and see what happens. besides the fact that it is very expensive..it smells really bad. has anyone had good luck with this formula? im going to give it a try, but is it worth it?
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B.E. answers from Los Angeles on September 05, 2009
I was allergic to formula when I was a baby and even back then... 30 years ago... nutramagen was my mom's only option. It worked for me!
P.S. answers from Los Angeles on September 03, 2009
just FYI, read the ingredients because my ped. also recommended Nutramigen to me but I did not use it as it has MSG in it...ended up sticking to breastfeeding mine exclusively. Good luck
A.S. answers from Los Angeles on September 03, 2009
My daughter was on it and she loved it. Try ordering it on line, I think we got it on "bulk for cheap". It worked out less expensive then getting it one can at a time. She is now on soy milk, so hopefully your little one wont be on it forever.
W.L. answers from Los Angeles on September 03, 2009
My baby girl, who now 18 months, was and is also allergic to all dairy and soy. We did try nutramigen...but she still had microscopic blood in her stool with using it. I never noticed the bad smell though. What we were next referred to try, which has been wonderful is Elecare, which has to be purchased online from Abbott Labs. The reason that I mention this is because you mentioned the expense of nutramigen. Elecare is more expensive BUT my insurance did pay for 85% of the cost, which is huge! The doctor just had to write a letter stating that it was a formula that was medically necessary. It took a bit of back and forth but Blue Shield did give in and paid without problem. We are just now taking her off of the formula (we have been using our surplus of cans since we had ordered a bunch to make sure we always had enough since it has to be delivered) and have been giving her rice milk since she turned one.
I don't know if this will help, but you may want to talk to your doctor to give it a try. Since the insurance will pay for it if it is medically necessary and you can prove that this is the only form of nutrition he can have.
M.Z. answers from Reno on September 03, 2009
My son was put on nutramigen when he was probably 6 mo old. They thought he may be lactose intollerant. His ped had orginally had us try soy, but he still had problems with that which is why we got nutramigen...it did not help. In fact, switching his formula caused him to have digestive problems that we are just getting under control...he'll be 5 at the end of the month. I don't want to scare you, I just think you should be very sure before you switch your baby through too many formula's. It turned out that my son has no problem with lactose at all or soy. He was just very sensitive and needed other supplements.
On the price side, Carnation's good start has a product that is the same as nutramigen. Look at the ingrediants. It's about 1/2 the cost too. (At least it was 4 yrs ago) Good luck with your little one.
J.D. answers from Los Angeles on September 03, 2009
You are right to not want to use the soy formulas and good going on questioning things. Another choice, though also expensive, is Neocate, that many families use when there are allergies involved. www.neocate.com
Dealing with food allergies (as well as eczema, ear infections, unusal behaviors) makes red flags go up for me. Check out this book, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders, by Dr. Kenneth Bock.
On another note, please make sure YOU have done the research on vaccinations for YOUR child. The AAP recommended schedule of shots for children is too many, too soon. Here are sites and books that I always recommend for people to start their research:
The Vaccine Book, by Dr. Robert Sears
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Childhood Vaccinations, by Dr. Stephanie Cave
Evidence of Harm, by David Kirby
C.C. answers from Los Angeles on September 03, 2009
Absolutely worth it!! Both of my daughters were "colic" babies and this was the only formula that didn't bother them. Yes, epensive, but definately worth it!
SAHM of two daughters (now 16 and 14 years old!)
M. answers from Las Vegas on September 03, 2009
My daughter had severe allergies, even to my breast milk and had to be put on Nutramigen. She LOVED it! She would take 6 oz every 2 hours from the time she was 3 months old until she turned one. It killed our finances, but what could we do when she was allergic to everything?! It worked well for her, cleared up her rashes, eliminated her colic and turned her into the happiest baby. Every child is different, so you will just have to try it with your son. For us, it was worth it.
S.H. answers from Los Angeles on September 03, 2009
YES!!! Worth every penny. I have used it for all three kids. They breastfed until about 9 mos and then I used Nutramigen until about 18 mos. Yes, it is expensive and smells funny, but if it is all they get, they dont' know any different. USE it for sure!
J.J. answers from Los Angeles on September 03, 2009
My little boy is now a healthy 12 year old boy and I had my fair share of tummy problems with him. Nutramigen does smell bad and it will stain just about any fabric but it worked wonders on the little guys tummy.
He was instantaniously releived of gas, diarhea and whatever else we were struggling with. I say do it!! Well worth every EXPENSIVE penny :):).
My son is a 5'10 12-year old handsome, handsome boy!!