Happy, Healthy Baby
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.