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Nutramigen - experiences and advice please!

(9 Posts)
BrumKP Tue 06-Feb-18 11:54:37

My beautiful 4.5 week old DD is one unhappy baby. Diagnosed with reflux we've been on Gaviscon for 2 weeks with Colief with no difference apart from horrendous constipation. She won't lie on her back at all and is only sleeping on me and DH,which means we are not sleeping.

GP has said she is too small for ranitidine and has given us Nutramigen to try. 6 bottles in and it has been worse than ever. She did have a proper poo but has screamed non stop. She drinks it fine but is stiff as a board when we try to wind her and the screams are awful.

Has anyone else used Nutramigen? Will it get better? Should I still use the Gaviscon or try Carobel??

Help is greatly appreciated!

trixymalixy Tue 06-Feb-18 12:00:00

Nutramigen is for an allergy to cow's milk protein. You'll need to use Gaviscon etc as well for the reflux.

My experience is that my DS was allergic to Nutramigen and was given Neocate instead which he wouldn't touch as it was so vile.

Bananarama12 Tue 06-Feb-18 12:05:48

Dr Brown's bottles and Hipp Organic formula really helped my baby's wind constipation and reflux.

baylisbaylis Tue 06-Feb-18 12:40:38

DC2 and 3 have been on Nutramigen, both allergic to dairy. DC1 should have been but as a new parent I didn't know how to see the signs of her dairy intolerance. She used to throw up whole bottles minimum 3 times a day, to the point it affected her weight gain.
Nutramigen is for DC who can't take dairy (Neocate for the severe cases). It sounds like there are 2 issues going on, the reflux and the pain. Possibly related, possibly not.
Reflux can be caused by dairy allergy/intolerance, the digestive system can't digest it hence it comes out whichever way it can, I assume that is why GP has given you Nutramigen.
Would her skin get sore (slightly red) with normal formula? That would be a clue that DD is allergic to dairy.

The pain could be related to allergy/intolerance causing cramps or it could be unrelated eg colic or constipation.

baylisbaylis Tue 06-Feb-18 12:58:11

I meant does her skin go red if/where it comes into contact with normal (dairy) formula rather than go red from drinking it.

Eeeeek2 Tue 06-Feb-18 13:37:34

My ds was much better 48 hours after being dairy free

IwillrunIwillfly Tue 06-Feb-18 13:39:50

Shes not too young for ranitadine! If youre gp cant prescribe it ask him to refer you to paeds

QueenofmyPrinces Tue 06-Feb-18 18:14:47

My DS was prescribed ranitidine when he was 4 weeks old.

He was prescribed Nutramigen when he was 9 weeks old due to suspected dairy allergy.

He’s now 26 weeks old and I still can’t get him to even have one mouthful. Can say I blame him because it smells disgusting so I can’t imagine how it just taste....

Sparklyuggs Thu 08-Feb-18 04:35:08

DS is allergic to milk and soya and had severe reflux. We started on nutramigen which luckily he took fine as it smells vile but it took a winning combination of neocate, ranitidine, onmaprazole and carobel to help him. Three months later and he's just having neocate.

If it isn't helping, please go back to the GP for help.

I have no idea if it's safe, but a friend suggested a drop of vanilla essence in the made up nutramigen feed. Could be worth asking GP/HV?

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