Posted by: Milo | 2011/06/08


Novalac HA/Allernova vs NAN HA

My sons were born premature (31 wks) at the end of December 2010 &  were started on Nan whilst in hospital. My one little boy had severe colic &  we changed to Novalac AC. However he still suffers. He cries &  fussed during &  after feeds &  he has so much gas, you can hear it whilst he is feeding. As for my other little one, he has had a rash on his face &  scalp for ages now. I noticed small patches on his back recently as well. The dr said it was very mild eczema. He also fusses a lot at feed times these days. He struggles to burp &  has several burps and most are really big, loud burps.

I want to change their formula. The paed says it is colic, but I am thinking is it could be allergies to milk protein.

I am not sure which of the formulas above, I should try.

Can you advise please.

I am wondering if

Expert's Reply



Your baby with the colic and excessive gas has the typical symptoms of a baby with lactose intolerance. This is not due to milk allergy, so neither of the formulas you mention will suit him. He should go onto a lactose free formula such as NAN LF or even a soya formula such as Isomil. Your other twin has the typical rash of seborrhoea, sometimes called seborrhoeic eczema. This is not an allergic condition and it will clear up by itself. He does not need a low allergy formula. He also does not have lactose intolerance,so he can use a normal formula

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Posted by: Jess | 2016/07/31

Hi my baby is 7 months old and has been on novalac HA since 3 months old. The transition to solids went well until I fed her a baby yoghurt. I noticed her break out into a red splotchy rash on her face. After a visit to the paediatrician we were told she is probably intolerant to dairy. So I stayes away from dairy and moved her onto the organic porridge Holle. A week on the organic porridge proved futile, this morning after her cereal she broke out all over her body. Is it possible that the culprit is actually the Novalac HA???

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/01/22

My baby of 3 weeks is on Novalac A R1 after having vomiting ptoblrms on Nan and Lactogen. He is now fine on Novalac and mych more settled except for terrible constipation. Shall I try a different formula in the range?

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/10/06

What do you give a 7 month old baby who was on novalac AR 2 (used to have reflux but much better now) and has been taken off formula with cow milk due to asthma? are the Novalac allernova or Similac alimentum my best bet or will regular Novalac HA do? she is not doing well on the Nan HA. she has little bump rashes forming in various areas on her body and her stools are dark green, sticky and very smelly. any advise would be much appreciated

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Posted by: LAila | 2011/08/23

Hi, I started introducing formula to my LO at 3.5 months, I tried Nan 1 and she spat it out of her nose and mouth then I introduced aptamil comfort she was ok with it but started to have mucus in her stool. Finally the doctor recommended that I tried Novalac allernova. I gave her about 1.5 ounces...a short while after she felt nauseated but no vomit. She was screaming cos the milk caused gas and maybe cramps in her tummy. What shall I do? Should I continue Trying this milk on her or is there something else I can try? Thanks

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Posted by: Tasha | 2011/06/19


Please can you advise, My infant is 4 weeks old and he is currently on NAN HA he has terrible wind and gas, tried normal NAN and Lactogen both made it worse. I have tried Bonnisan and hasnt really worked he is throwing up milk now.

Would you recommend i try Nan LF or Isomil? Just for now and try normal NAN after 3 months?


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Posted by: K | 2011/06/10

The best formula for milk protien allergy is Similac Alimentum. But it''s very expensive.

If you can, start using this, you will have no more problems

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