Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Peta | 2010-03-11


Nutrini Peptisorb for 18 month old

Hi Dr

Me again - my lb is still not eating well at all and after consulting with the Red X dietician, another dietician and my paed, the Red X dietician has advised that we go onto this formula/supplement for my child during the night and still challenge him with food during the day.

I have to laugh at one of the posts earlier on by someone that says if the child is hungry they will eat. My child WILL NOT eat no matter what you put infront of him. If i am lucky and it is a good day, he will put it in his mouth and chews and then spits out, on a bad day he wont even pick up the food. Our longest time of non eating was 8 days where all he had was a fling and a lick of peanut butter. A good day of eating for us is 2 teaspoons of cereal. I would feed him his Similac Alimentum at night while he slept but challenging with food during the day just didnt work.

About this Nutrini Peptisorb - it is going to cost me in the region of R5400 a month just for this, not mentioning the tubes etc as he will have it on a continuous night feed. Do you know of anyone i can contact to try and get this feed at a reduced rate?

Is this formula really as good as everyone makes out? this is apparently the only formula that is dairy free that he can have and match his nutritional intake, as we just cant get enough calories into him at the moment.

I am in a fix here, i have been told that he needs it but realistically who on earth can afford this???

Any advise? By the way, i cut down on the similac so that he would be hungry as you suggested, it didnt work....unfortunately.


Expert's Reply



I am sorry to have to say that I do not have any experience of using this highly specialised formula. It has been recommended by your son's health professionals so surely they can motivate for this food to be made available for your son by your medical aid.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2010-03-11

Peta, meant to ask you the other day, will Tayden have the peg for life or is it something that will in time get better as he grows up? (Sprry, your case us so unique that I am truely clueless how it works)


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