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ADVANCED MEDICAL NUTRITION

Cow's Milk Allergy

Our immune system works hard to protect us from infections by attacking the viruses and bacteria that can make us ill. An allergic reaction to food occurs when the body's immune system responds inappropriately to something in a particular food. In the case of cow'smilk allergy (CMA) the immune system overreacts to one or more “proteins” contained in cow's milk¹. CMA is the most common food allergy in early childhood, affecting 2-5% of infants¹. Symptoms are broad (e.g. diarrhoea, wheezing and eczema) and can be distressing for both the infant and their families.

¹ DRAMCA. WAO Journal April 2010.

The role of specialised nutrition

Breastfeeding makes sure that babies get the best nutrition possible to grow and develop healthily. Breastfeeding is also known to be very important for mother-child bonding. Although breastfeeding is best for children, CMA babies who are very sensitive, can have allergic reactions. This does not mean that they are allergic to breast milk itself, but rather they are reacting to the small amounts of cow's milk proteins that pass from mother to baby in breast milk. If the mother feels that removing dairy from her diet isn't possible, a healthcare professional may recommend that baby is switched to a specialised 'hypoallergenic' formula. Hypoallergenic formulae tend to come in two forms: extensively hydrolysed milk formula (eHF) and amino acid based formula (AAF). Unlike eHFs, AAFs are not based on cow's milk, thereby reducing the possibility of a CMA reaction.²

² Wood. Pediatrics Vol. 111 No. 6 June 2003.

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Future based research

With over 30 years of clinical experience, and over 80 publications supporting the use of Neocate in wide variety of conditions, our expertise in infant and childhood allergy is unrivalled. One of our study programmes is currently examining the benefits of adding a specific blend of pre- and probiotics (synbiotics) to infant AAFs, specifically their role in improving gut health, and potentially supporting normal outgrowth of cows milk allergy.

The Neocate range

All products in the Neocate range are intended for the nutritional management of cow's milk allergy and other indications where an amino acid diet is recommended, and should be used under the direction of a healthcare professional.

All products in the Neocate range must be used under medical supervision after full consideration of all feeding options, including breastfeeding.

Stories of pioneering nutritional discoveries

Nutricia has been at the forefront of research into dietary management of cow's milk allergy and other multiple food allergies for over 30 years. Learn more here about the pioneering work we carry out at our Utrecht research facilities.

Creamy fruit mash

Ingredients

1 apple or pear (50g) peeled, cored and diced
½ avocado (50g) peeled
A little water
¼ sachet (2 tsp) of Neocate Spoon plus 15ml of cooled boiled water mixed to a smooth consistency

Check the recommended quantity of Neocate Spoon with your doctor or dietitian.

Method

  1. Place the apple or pear in a small saucepan with a little water
  2. Simmer until tender and then leave to cool
  3. Blend the fruit until smooth using a food processor or hand blender
  4. Mash the avocado until smooth and add to the fruit puree
  5. Stir in the Neocate Spoon thoroughly and serve

Nutricia products are intended for the nutritional management of diseases and related medical conditions and therefore should be used under medical supervision.