Consider all Your Options
I had begun to give boy number three commercial milk-based formula at 9 months and he abruptly got sick with an ear infection and bad case of eczema. (For various reasons, I don’t believe in giving soy-protein based formulas to infants.) The doctor then prescribed Nutramigen and this only complicated matters with his skin rash. I immediately stopped the formula and put him temporarily on a non-dairy almond milk while I waited for his system to clear. After about a week I saw improvement, but his skin did not completely clear up for almost three weeks. Once his skin looked great I reintroduced cow’s milk, this time I carefully selected organic whole milk. I then added my own vitamin and mineral supplements to his diet. He was able to tolerate this change with no problem. This is how I determined that my youngest son must also be allergic to corn and soy, or very sensitive to MSG. After a few weeks he had a beautiful bum that was rash and eczema free. He slept and ate great and no longer cried or regularly spit up. If you need the convenience of commercial formula you can try Alimentum Ready to Feed for a baby with a corn allergy. It’s expensive for a baby allergic to other formulas. If it’s too costly and you are on a budget, relax. You have even more options.
Mother’s intuition is fantastic. If you have a similar hunch about your baby allergic to all formula then go with your gut instinct. I listened to my pediatrician and ignored my intuition for too long. I dutifully kept my oldest son away from cow’s milk based products for the next two years. I learned on my own that he didn’t tolerate soy either. But this advice from my doctor wasn’t enough.
How Did I Decide The Formula Problem was from Corn and Soy?
I had my oldest son properly tested for food allergies. I did this because the ill-health never really went away; it just morphed from one form to another. I pushed for testing and my doctor refused. Finally I listened to my intuition and I found a doctor that would. I learned that he actually suffers from both a wheat and corn allergy, not a milk allergy.
When did the test results come back? Oh, about the time baby number three was 9 months old. It was perfect timing. My oldest son’s wheat and corn allergy was really an inability to digest the proteins found in wheat and corn. He did not get an immediate skin rash or histamine reaction after ingesting it. This is why the pediatrician never considered food allergy issues or testing.
So my motherly intuition kicked in for boy number three, my baby allergic to all formula that I tried. I immediately removed all his problematic foods: the wheat, the corn, and the soy from his diet. I stopped buying conventional milk. The result? I got a happy baby.
Your baby allergic to all formula may be showing symptoms of an even more sinister nationwide epidemic. The problem of childhood food allergies has grown tremendously over the last decade. Some experts feel that this has to do with GMO foods. GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. What are GMO foods? They are foods that are altered by scientists to include traits that are not natural. Some scientists and cutting edge pediatricians are seeing more babies with digestive problems and they believe this is due to GMO ingredients in baby formulas and foods. The most common GMO foods in the U.S. are soy and corn. These ingredients are in all commercially processed baby formulas in the U.S. So when you discovered that you needed formula without corn or soy, this could be why. When this is the only food moms can choose to buy to feed their newborn babies it’s no wonder we are seeing problems in the U.S.
And the Irony is that:
Many pediatricians recommend avoiding corn in your baby’s diet until he/she is at least one year old. But the irony of this is that commercial formula manufacturers regularly use corn starch, corn syrup solids, and even soy in all of their formulas, even their most hypoallergenic varieties. And to further complicate matters, corn is not recognized as a significant allergen and is not required to be listed on labels for people with multiple allergies.
You will find warnings for wheat, gluten, nuts, milk, eggs, soy, shellfish, but not corn. Perhaps it is because corn makes up nearly 80% of our modern convenience food products. It is in nearly everything we buy to heat up and serve, nearly everything we use to flavor our foods. It is also in nearly all of our baby hygiene products and powders. If you or anyone else in your family has severe allergies or an intolerance to food or chemicals, then consider the corn/MSG connection. The risk of your baby experiencing an allergic reaction or digestive intolerance to corn is greater if you have a family history of any type of allergy, especially skin rashes like eczema and histamine-type reactions.
And go organic. Your baby will thank you.
Baby Allergic to Alimentum Ready to Feed?
Baby’s Only Organic Formula is another commercial formula option that may work for you.
It comes from a natural, organic food company called Baby’s Only. They manufacture an Organic Lactose free Toddler Formula made without corn syrup solids and soy protein. It is a powder formula in a 12.7 ounce container.
This formula may be lactose free but it still contains milk protein. It may be soy protein free, but it still contains a small amount of organic soy. Rather than using corn syrup they use organic brown rice syrup. They also use coconut oil, which seems to be a more popular choice than soy lately.
Still looking for a formula that might work better?
Consider one last option.
Nature’s One also produces a gluten and corn free formula for lactose sensitivity called Pedia Smart. This formula is only for Toddlers though. It is nutritionally similar to PediaSure. This brand is made without corn products and claims to be GMO free.
This means that the ingredients they use do not come from crops that have been genetically altered to include genes from different species in a science lab.
This is unfortunately common in non organic formulas. It has no artificial colors or flavors and is not chemically processed. Pedia Smart is for babies at least 1 year old and should not be used as an infant formula.
Try Making Homemade Formula
If you want to ditch the commercial baby formula because you don’t trust it. (And I don’t blame you), there is another option for you. You won’t be told by your pediatrician. But I’ll tell you here. Lots of mothers with a baby allergic to all formulas they’ve tried have switched to homemade formula. And their baby allergic to the commercial formula? In case after case, we see babies that get better and start to thrive again. Just read the comment thread below and decide for yourself if your baby allergic to formula will benefit from your own homemade stuff instead.