Happy, Healthy Baby

Young Parents (Singapore) - - ABBOTT SPECIAL -

ASome ba­bies on milk for­mula may ex­pe­ri­ence feed­ing in­tol­er­ance be­cause of cer­tain in­gre­di­ents in the for­mula. Read on to learn about

what you should look out for when choos­ing a milk for­mula. happy, healthy baby is the pride of all moth­ers. In or­der for them to stay in the pink of health, it’s vi­tal that they get all the es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents that will ben­e­fit their early phys­i­cal growth and de­vel­op­ment.

Breast milk pro­vides the best nour­ish­ment for ba­bies. If your baby is not breast­fed, what should you look out for when find­ing a milk for­mula that is right for him or her? Ac­cord­ing to re­search, two thirds of ba­bies on for­mula ex­pe­ri­ence feed­ing prob­lems such as spit-up, gassi­ness, con­sti­pa­tion, colic, di­ar­rhoea, vom­it­ing and skin rash.

A pos­si­ble rea­son why these feed­ing in­tol­er­ance oc­cur is be­cause of cer­tain in­gre­di­ents used in the milk for­mula. As their di­ges­tive sys­tem is still ma­tur­ing, ba­bies may not be able to prop­erly di­gest some of the in­gre­di­ents - these in­clude lac­tose (milk sugar), the type of pro­tein, and the fat blend.

A sim­ple first step for a mum whose child is hav­ing for­mula feed­ing prob­lems is to switch to a low-lac­tose va­ri­ety. Lac­tose sen­si­tiv­ity oc­curs when the bac­te­ria in the baby’s large in­tes­tine fer­ments undi­gested lac­tose to pro­duce gas and other com­pounds that can re­sult in bloat­ing and watery stools. You can also look for a for­mula that con­tains hy­drol­ysed pro­tein, a pro­tein source that has been bro­ken down for easy di­ges­tion. To re­duce the risk of hard stools, go for a for­mula that doesn’t con­tain palm oil. For­mu­las with a pre­dom­i­nant palm oil blend can re­sult in harder stools that may be more dif­fi­cult to pass.

Chil­dren with cow’s milk al­lergy may de­velop skin rash or eczema. To help lower the risk of cow’s milk al­lergy in high­risk ba­bies (those with a fam­ily history of al­lergy) who can­not be com­pletely breast­fed, a for­mula with hy­drol­ysed pro­tein is rec­om­mended.

Other in­gre­di­ents par­ents should look out for are pre­bi­otics that can help to pro­mote the growth of good bac­te­ria in the gut. This may sup­press the growth of harm­ful bac­te­ria so as to main­tain a healthy di­ges­tive sys­tem. Some for­mu­las also add in­gre­di­ents such as lutein, arachi­donic acid (AA) and do­cosa­hex­aenoic acid (DHA). Lutein, an an­tiox­i­dant, forms an in­te­gral part of the eye’s retina, while AA and DHA are the build­ing blocks for brain and eye de­vel­op­ment.

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