Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nizza | 2010-08-11


Formula and weight problem

My child is 6.5 months old she''s formula fed with NAN HA due to aczema. I feel that she''s not gaining weight as she''s suppose to, she''s 6kg, she''s on solids and has 3 meals per day and about 650ml of milk per day, she refuses to take more than this. I tried to change her milk to Lactogen over the weekend and she woke up with an outbreak of aczema then I stopped with Lactogen. Funny thing is that if I give her yoghurt which contains milk she doesn''t seem to be reacting to it. What could this be? I''m also very much concerned about her weight, what can I do so that she can gain weight. She eats maize cereal and veggies, what else can I add on her diet or what can I do for her to gain weight?

Expert's Reply



The average weight for a baby of 6.5months is 7.5kg. Your little girl's weight is well below the average and is indeed almost off the lowest line on the infant growth chart.Your daughter's main source of nutrition now is her milk. She needs about 850 to 900mlml of her formula as a minimum per day which she is not taking now. She should not be eating yoghurt at 6 months, but she is able to eat yoghurt becuase the milk protein is altered by the process.Your daughter does appear to be allergic to milk as she reacted to the Lactogen. She no longer likes the taste of the NanHA.The only reasonable option is to try a soya formula such as Isomil or Infacare Soya2.Continue on the other solids you mention.

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