Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Sam | 2018/01/19

Q.

switching from S26 AR TO NOVALAC AR

Hi my baby is 2months and 6days old. He has reflux. We have been giving him the s26 since he was 4 days old. I decided to change his formula as the s26 AR has not been working. I just started him on the Novalac AR today gave him 120ml on his first feed. Is this ok? he did bring up a little and struggled a bit with gas he has also been a bit restless. Should I continue with novalac and feed him 90ml instead?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2018/01/22

Novalac AR is a thickened feed that is used to treat reflux in infants. Being a thickened formula, babies have to suck harder to drink the formula. This often causes babies to suck in more air with feeds than usual. In addition some babies do not tolerate the thickening agent in the AR formula very well and become a bit colicky and unhappy on this kind of formula. Give your baby some time to adjust to the new formula. He should take his usual amount of feed each time, which is 120ml.If he remains windy and uncomfortable on the AR feed change him back to the S26 formula and speak to your paediatrician.

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