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6 Allergy-Friendly Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Posted 8.25.16 | Nutrition Specialist

Neocate Fruity Tutti Pancakes

Doesn't this name just makes you want to try some! This is a great recipe if you are looking for a nice, hot breakfast option. Pefect if the rest of your family is eating pancakes and your are looking to make allergy-friendly option.  Pancakes also make a good finger-food option for weaning toddlers.

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Baked Oatmeal

(Submitted by: Kristy Harbaugh)
  • 1 cup oil (can sub. applesauce)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (can reduce)
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 cups oats (not the quick-cook kind)
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups water

Combine all ingredients in order listed.  Pour into a greased 9 x13” pan.  Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes until lightly browned.  Serve with fresh fruit (bananas, strawberries, blueberries).

Notes: Do not use cooking sprays as all of them contain soy.  I used olive oil.

Serving Size: 8

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 650
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 79g
  • Fat: 6g

French Toast

(Submitted by: Katherine Kennedy)
  • 2 Pieces of spelt bread
  • 1/4 cup of soy milk
  • Dash of cinnamon

Combine milk and cinnamon. Dip and coat the bread lightly in the soy milk mixture. Place on preheated skillet on low-med heat. You will have to cook it longer to ensure the soy milk dries and the toast isn’t mushy.

Serving Size: 2 pieces

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 250
  • Protein: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 44g
  • Fat: 5g

Cinnamon Breakfast Bread

(Submitted by: Mary Blackorby)

With fall just around the corner, this is a fun option to warm up on a cool morning.

  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour
  • 3 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening
  • 5 fl oz rice milk (or Neocate formula)

Stir together flour, baking powder, sugar & salt. Cut in shortening with a fork until fine and mealy. Add rice milk (or Neocate formula) all at once. Pour into a greased 8” pan, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture and bake at 400°F for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm for breakfast.

Serving Size: About 12 servings

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 150
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fat: 9g

Nutrition information for cinnamon bread recipe above calculated using rice milk.

Banana Bead Muffins

(Submitted by: Laura LaMotte)
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup of dairy-free margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups of brown rice or oat flour

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a food processor, blend bananas, sugar, margarine and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.

Pour into muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes, or if using a bread loaf tin, for 60 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Serving Size: 15 muffins

Per Muffin:

  • Calories: 230
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fat: 7g

Wheat-Free Pumpkin Muffins

(Submitted by:Karen Mischler)
  • 3 cups wheat-free flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin

In a large mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add oil and pumpkin, mixing well. Transfer into lined muffin tin and bake at 350°F until fork inserted in center comes out clean (about one hour).

Serving Size: 10 muffins

Per Muffin:

  • Calories: 330
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Fat: 23g

For additional Neocate recipe ideas, make sure to download Neocate Footsteps Recipes Guide.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you would like to share with the Neocate community? Post below, we would love to hear about your favorites.


Back to School With Food Allergies

Posted 8.18.16 | Nutrition Specialist

Summer is winding down and it’s time to start helping your children prepare for their return to school.  Your school might have sent school supply lists, teacher assignments, and schedule of back to school nights. Now, it’s time to create your own food allergy checklist/

Whether your child is returning to school or attending for the first time, here are some things to help make sure they have a successful, fun and safe learning experience. 

Within the school:

  1. If you don’t know already, find out if your school district has rules regarding food allergens in school.  For example, is your school a “peanut-free” school?
  2. Does your school have its own rules regarding food allergies?
  3. Is there a designated “safe” table in the cafeteria for families who chose to use it?
  4. Is food allowed in any classroom parties, or birthday celebrations?

With the classroom and health room:

  1. Are staff members/teachers familiar with food allergies?
  2. Do teachers know what an allergic reaction may look like?
  3. Is the school nurse familiar with how to use an EpiPen®? (Bonus: EpiPens at School Tips & How many EpiPens should your child have on hand?)
  4. Are you up to date and current with your child’s medical and emergency contact information?
  5. Have you written an emergency plan for school staff in the event there is an accidental exposure?

With your child:

  1. Is your child familiar with his/her signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction?
  2. Does your child know to alert an adult in the event of an emergency?
  3. Does your child wear a medical alert bracelet?  Or do you have a food allergy action plan?
  4. Have you discussed the importance of NOT sharing foods with friends?
  5. Does your child know how to deal with bullying when it comes to food allergies?

The school years can be some of the most fun and memorable experiences we have; following some of these back to school tips can help ensure your child’s first day back is no exception! 

BONUS: If your little one is going to school (or preschool) for the first time this year, make sure to read over 11 Tips for the First Day of School with Food Allergies we shared previously.


Keep Cool and Beat the Heat with Neocate

Posted 8.16.16 | Nutrition Specialist

We’re not sure about the weather where you are, but we’ve been facing some extreme heat lately! We wanted to take the time before the dog days of summer to answer your common questions about freezing Neocate and share one of our favorite warm-weather recipes.

My child LOVES freezer pops – Can I freeze Neocate?

We don’t recommend freezing Neocate. (Notice I didn’t say “no”…) Why not? It’s cold, it’s delicious, it keeps well. The short answer to this question is that temperatures below freezing can affect Neocate’s quality in ways we can’t perfectly predict. Let’s see if we can explain what we mean by that.

Freezing temperatures (below 32° F, or 0° C) can affect some nutrient levels. Some vitamins can break down in really cold temperatures, and home freezers can get really freezing cold! Also, frozen Neocate that thaws can change color. Also, melted Neocate that was previously frozen can separate into different layers. Gray Neocate in separate layers may taste okay, but is not appealing to us! So the main message is that we can’t guarantee the nutrient content or quality of Neocate products when frozen, or thawed, which is why we don’t recommend freezing Neocate products.

That said, some recipes that we or other families have developed for Neocate products are frozen, and we get it: frozen treats can be delicious. Especially in the heat! Ask your healthcare team for their guidance BEFORE you use Neocate in these recipes: make sure they’re okay with this, and ask if they want you to limit the number of frozen Neocate servings they’re comfortable with. You can find more information about cooking with Neocate.

Before we get to a brand NEW recipe(!), here are a few others that we love:

And last but not least, here’s one of our newest recipes: it quickly became one of our favorites!

Pumped Up Peach and Strawberry Smoothie

We just don’t think it gets much better than a frozen treat that combines some of the best, all-American flavors of summer. We’re talking about peaches and strawberries, of course! Our Pumped Up Peach and Strawberry Smoothie is a quick way to combine 3 ingredients. In no time, you’ll have a frozen treat that beats the heat, and then some. Not sure you believe that a recipe that’s that great can be so easy? Watch this short video to see just how quickly this tasty treat comes together.

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Tell us - What treats are you using to keep cool this summer?

Rob


What it Means to be a Food Allergy Parent

Posted 8.11.16 | Nutrition Specialist

It has been said before and it should be said again: allergies are no laughing matter. Food allergies are a serious health concern affecting 1 out 13 children in the United States, and behind every one of those children is a devoted parent.

Being on a food allergy journey with a child is not easy, and every family’s experience is different. But no matter the trials, food allergy parents can all agree that they work hard to keep their little ones happy, healthy, and safe.

We asked the community what being a food allergy parent means, and no two answers were the same.

Being a food allergy parent means...

“Constantly reading labels, calling companies and long nights of homemade things!” -@Sweets4EPIGirl

“Advocating for your F.A. child in school, educating friends & family, always pre-planning wherever you go.” - @epi-trak

“Constant diligence.” - @Kylah222

One thing all food allergy parents have in common is…

“You dance around the shop aisles when you find a new ‘safe’ food.” - Rachel Ward

“Hope!” - @Crazy.Happy.Family

Every food allergy story is different, so what’s yours? Comment below or post your story to our Facebook page.


Can I Keep Breastfeeding My Milk-Allergic Infant?

Posted 8.9.16 | Nutrition Specialist

You have been planning for months. Decorating the room, picking out names, buying clothes, gathering supplies and other needed items, adjusting your schedule, and preparing any support you might want waiting in the wings. Finally the time comes and your new little bundle of joy is here!!

While new babies always bring joy and excitement with them when they arrive, they also bring work to be done. This is true of each new member added to the family, whether it is your first baby or you are a seasoned mom with a few little ones under your mom experience belt. No matter your level of experience or how much help you have around, feeding and diapers will occupy much of your time and thoughts for the next few years.

Chances are you have already given quite a lot of thought and preparation regarding your plans to feed your new infant.  Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for your baby. It is the first choice when you ask the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and healthcare professionals worldwide.

However, successful breastfeeding can get complicated if your baby is diagnosed with an allergy to cow milk, or when other food allergies are suspected. A food allergy means the baby’s diet must change. Is it possible to manage your baby’s food allergies while sticking to your plan to breastfeed? Absolutely. Let’s look at a few scenarios and possible solutions.

My infant is reacting to the foods I’m eating.

Answer: Ask your healthcare professional for their advice.

It’s possible for small amounts of protein from the foods in mom’s diet to make their way into her breast milk, which can cause allergic reactions if the infant develops an allergy to those foods.

The first option your healthcare professional may suggest in this situation is for you to follow an elimination diet and continue to breastfeed. An elimination diet means you remove suspected allergens - both whole foods and some ingredients - from your diet. This removes the potential allergens from your breast milk, thus removing the allergens from your baby’s diet.

Often the healthcare team will recommend you start by eliminating just milk, or a few items like milk and soy, and foods containing certain ingredients derived from milk and soy. If your baby continues to have problems tolerating your breast milk, then additional foods may be eliminated from your diet.

It is key that you maintain a healthy diet to maintain your own health and be able to provide the nutrition needed for your infant through breast milk. Eliminating some foods, especially large groups of food such as dairy, may jeopardize the health of both you and your baby, so it is important to seek medical supervision from your doctor and/or a registered dietitian when planning an elimination diet.

Supplements of certain nutrients may be recommended, depending on the number of eliminated foods. Calcium and vitamin D may be recommended, for example, if you’re avoiding all dairy. Some moms have even found Neocate to be great hypoallergenic option to supplement their own nutrition when following an elimination diet while continuing to breastfeed their babies.

I want to continue breastfeeding but am not producing enough breast milk.

Answer: Ask your healthcare professional for their advice.

Some mothers struggle to produce enough breast milk to meet the needs of their growing baby. In this case many healthcare professionals will recommend supplementing with infant formula so the baby still gets the benefits of breast milk to ensure proper growth of the infant while the underlying cause of the low breast milk yield is addressed.

Supplementing your breast milk with a hypoallergenic formula like Neocate may be recommended if your little one has reacted to your breast milk. That’s because guidelines advise that babies with food allergies, or who are already struggling to tolerate breast milk due to food allergies, should be given a hypoallergenic formula like Neocate when a supplement for mom’s breast milk is needed.

Your healthcare team will advise you on what is needed for you and your baby specifically. The amounts of formula needed should be directed by your healthcare professional, such as your pediatrician or registered dietitian.

Supplementing breast milk with Neocate can help you continue to provide your baby the wonderful nutrition from breast milk, while also making sure your baby gets the full amount of calories and nutrients they need to continue to grow and develop from a hypoallergenic formula.

However, this can present some challenges. Babies often have a hard time switching between breastfeeding and bottle feeding. I hear from many mothers in this situation that the baby will often prefer one feeding over the other, and usually the baby prefers breast milk. For example moms have told me that their baby drinks well when they are breastfeeding but they struggle with bottle feedings. Even mothers who are exclusively bottle feeding will often say that the baby prefers the bottles of breast milk over the bottles of infant formula.

Some Tips for Moms Supplementing their Breast milk:

  • Many healthcare professionals suggest expressing your breast milk and bottle feeding only to help in this situation.
  • It is often recommended to add prepared Neocate consistently to the bottles with expressed breast milk. This can help with bottle acceptance because the bottles are consistently the same taste and they are consistently being bottle fed.
  • The amount of prepared Neocate needed should be directed by your healthcare team based the nutrition needs of your baby and your breast milk production.

Let’s say, for example, that your healthcare professional determines that your baby needs an additional 10 fluid ounces of Neocate daily and your baby is drinking 5 bottles daily. In this example, your healthcare professional might recommend an additional 2 fluid ounces of prepared Neocate added to each bottle of expressed breast milk. You would prepare the Neocate at the recipe recommended by your healthcare professional, then add 2 fluid ounces to each bottle of breast milk. This ensures the baby is getting a similar blend of breast milk and Neocate at each bottle.

Again, your healthcare professional will direct you regarding what is best for both you and your little one, so ask your pediatrician or registered dietitian for what is best for you.

I am adding prepared Neocate to breast milk, but my baby is not gaining weight.

Answer: Ask your healthcare professional for their advice.

For some infants, the calories in breast milk or formula may not be enough to support weight gain at a normal rate. When your baby can’t consume any more breast milk or formula in a day, the healthcare team may suggest other options to help your baby gain the weight and keep on track with her expected weight gain, or growth curve. (You can track your baby’s intake using the Neocate Footsteps App, so you can show the healthcare team exactly what she’s taking.)

Often, an increase in calories is needed. One option your healthcare professional may recommend is concentrating the Neocate before adding it to your breast milk. This can help to increase the calories and nutrients from Neocate that your baby is consuming, on top of the expressed breast milk. The same tips discussed above can be helpful in this situation with expressing your breast milk, especially adding the Neocate to your breast milk consistently between bottles.

Again, your pediatrician or registered dietitian will advise you on what is best for you and your baby, and how exactly they want you to prepare Neocate before adding it to your expressed breast milk. This is important, because formula that is too concentrated can lead to dehydration and other health issues. In other words, consult the healthcare team first – please do not do this on your own!

What other questions do you have about breastfeeding your baby with food allergies? Please share any questions or any suggestions you might have for other mothers facing this situation in the comments below.

-Kristin


Strawberries And Creme Dairy-Free Smoothie Recipe

Posted 8.4.16 | Nutrition Specialist

We have been gettting a lot of positive feedback on our latests posts showcasing various Neocate recipes. Today, we are sharing a fun smoothie that is  a great dairy free alternative for everyone to enjoy. This recipe is super simple and quick to make.

Click on the image below to download a printable recipe card.

If you would like, you can download our latest printable book of recipes. This book provides a set of delicious allergy-friendly recipes you can make to enjoy with the whole family. Recipes including Neocate Infant, Neocate Nutra, Neocate Junior and Splash products.

Download Neocate Footsteps Printable Recipes Today!

 


DIY Olympic Medals for Your Neocate Champions

Posted 8.2.16 | Nutrition Specialist

Every other year, the Olympic spirit sweeps the globe and people in every country take a break from our ordinary lives to watch the extraordinary. I am personally glued to my TV or social media feed watching the top world athletes who have sacrificed and persevered in their chosen sport have their moment to compete for Olympic glory, whether their glory is atop a podium or simply just being involved in the Olympic Games.

I have to admit that I am completely addicted to the Olympics. I cannot get enough Olympic coverage and literally have to make sure and stay focused to keep up with required work and home obligations. I love the raw physiology that goes into that level of physical performance, the people and personal stories that we are exposed to through the Olympic media coverage, and getting caught up in the pure competition of the Olympics just lost in the moment while cheering on my favorite athlete or team.

Well I am not alone. Many of us here on the Neocate team are ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and we want to help you get your loved ones ready and in the Olympic Spirit as well. One of the best parts of the Olympics is seeing people overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams and goals. As a person or family living with food allergies, you know this same struggle well in overcoming the obstacle of food allergies to thrive and live a full life. Food allergies or dietary restrictions will not stop you from achieving your goals or perhaps nurturing your loved one to grow and have the potential to achieve any dream their heart will desire in the future. That dream may be something simple such as a successful career in their chosen field, or perhaps they have the dream to be an Olympian someday as well. 

With this Olympic spirit buzzing about with the 2016 Rio Olympics, it is hard not to notice the glimmering color of gold that is shining from the top of each and every can of Neocate including Neocate Infant DHA/ARA and all varieties of Neocate Junior. This same can of Neocate can not only provide the nutrition you or your loved one needs to grow and thrive, but also the nutrition needed to compete in physical activity. Why not use that same can to create your very one Neocate "gold" medal? This can be a fun family activity together to celebrate your own Neocate champion and your success of overcoming food allergies while getting your family into the Olympic spirit.

Now if you are not skilled at crafts, do not fret. I am not talented at crafts at all myself. The craft project that follows could not be easier and only requires a few items which almost every home will have. That being said, those of you reading this who are excellent at craft projects and have creative minds, please forgive the simple and basic pictures and craft creations that follow!!

What Supplies You Will Need:

Supplies are simple. You will need some supplies to decorate your Neocate gold medal, ribbon, your favorite Neocate can lid for the Neocate goal medal material, some basic craft equipment, and a little fun and creativity. The craft equipment I used was

  • Permanent black marker
  • Scissors
  • A fun hole punch
  • Stapler
  • Double sided tape

Glue dots always make basic crafts easier as well, and you can use your imagination on different ideas for decoration or other ways to personalize your Neocate gold medals for your own Neocate champion.

Ribbon Selection:

Now, I warned you that I am addicted to the Olympics. So I embraced the full Olympic obsession within me when looking for ribbon. I of course needed some patriotic ribbon, and found some red, white and blue stripped ribbon to help cheer on the USA medal count to come, as you can see in my example above.

I also wanted to be true to the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics. This year the Olympic champions will have colorful green ribbons holding their hard-earned Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals. The Paralympian champions will have bright orange ribbons holding their medals. I chose ribbon to match these colors as closely as possible, and even found some festive bright red ribbon with white stars that I could not pass up!

You can choose anything really, or simply use whatever you already have lying around your home. Why not have your very own Neocate champion pick their favorite color or come with you to pick out the ribbon they would like on their Neocate gold medal?!

Step #1:  Decorate your Neocate gold medal

I looked to the actual 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic medals for my decorating inspiration. I included the Olympic rings (or as close as I could replicate them when using my poor drawing skills and blunt permanent marker) and my favorite sporting events. I included the numerical name for these upcoming Olympics of XXXI Olympiad as well.

Step #2:  Hole Punch

One way to attach your selected ribbon is to punch a hole or cut a slit into the Neocate gold medal. I have a few decorative hole punches, and for this project I choose a small circle. I used this to make an opening to slip the ribbon through at the top of my Neocate Gold medals.

Alternative: If you do not have a decorative hole punch, or perhaps just want another option, we have got you covered. You can also just staple the ribbon at the bottom to attach to the Neocate gold medal. This will help make your finished Neocate gold medal hang nicely around your Neocate champion.

Step #3: Attach the Ribbon

The next step is to either attach the stapled ribbon to your decorated Neocate gold medal or close the loop on the ribbon slipped through the slit that we have made to make sure it will hang around the neck of our Neocate champion. To close the loop a simple piece of double-stick tape will easily do the trick. I have also used a few pieces of double-stick tape to attach my stapled ribbon to the decorated Neocate gold medal.

You could even staple and tape the ribbon ends directly to the back of the Neocate gold medal, like this one that I made for Track and Field here.  

Hot glue guns, glue dots, staples, really any adhesive will work for this project. You and your Neocate champion can use your creative imaginations!!

Step #4: Wear and Enjoy

Step 4, well that is the best part. Now you have your very own Neocate gold medal to award your Neocate champion for a job well done. Perhaps they have a favorite sport that deserves recognition, or maybe they even did something spectacular around the house or at school. Even if they deserve a medal just for being your adorable child, that is well worth the effort. And if I can do this, then surely you can as well.

How are you and your Neocate champion celebrating the 2016 Rio Olympics this year? Perhaps you have some much more creative ideas on how to make your own Neocate gold medals. Share a picture of your own Neocate champion and how they thrive on Neocate in the comments below.

- Kristin

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Settle Back to School Jitters with Adorable Printables

Posted 7.28.16 | Nutrition Specialist

It’s countdown time to back to school! Can you believe how quickly the summer flew by? Preparing for school is an exciting time. It might sound geeky, but nothing beats getting brand new school supplies. Although it is a fun and exciting time for some kids, for others, it can be a bit anxious. Fear of the unknown is real and impacts both adults and their children. So how do you deal with the back-to-school jitters?

As parents, we strive to protect our children from harm. We want nothing but the best for them. However, when they leave for the first day of school, children might feel a bit anxious to navigate the school environment on their own. You can help take some of this anxiety off their shoulders with a bit of loving encouragement.

How, you might ask?

One way is by adding a fun, cute or encouraging note into your child’s lunchbox. You don’t even have to be very creative for this one! The beauty of the internet is that you can find printable notes for any age or school stage. We did some initial digging for you and found adorable printables that you might enjoy using this school year.

P.S.: You can even find printable lunch notes for your significant others!

Jitter Glitter for Night Before School Starts

The first day of school incites nerves for many young students, but including a jitter glitter card might help relieve some of that anxiety. This idea comes from a very creative teacher that sends little care packets to her future students to help deal with school jitters.

First Day of School - Photo Ops

Photo opportunities for the first day of school have become increasingly popular. A cute and easy way to remember how your child grows over the years is by taking a picture of them on their first day of school. By making this photo a special event, you can help your child focus on the fun activity of taking a picture, rather than feel anxious about what’s to come.

Chalkboard Printables

20 Additional First Day of School Printables

Not a fan of signs? No problem! Check out this clever idea from The Journey of Parenthood. This mom printed a t-shirt with the year of her son’s graduation date and plans take a picture of him in it every year on the first day of school to capture the milestone in a photo.

Backpacks and Lunch Boxes

To ensure your child's safety during lunchtime at school, try printing food labels that remind them, and others, of the kinds of foods they can and cannot have. 

Here’s just an example of some unique labels we found:

 

This website offers coloring sheet ideas for backpacks, lunchbox love notes and much more!

Allergy Cards

Last, but certainly not least, is remembering to include information about your child’s food allergy. As parents, we always want to protect our children. Realistically speaking, we can do our best to get them ready and armed with education to deal with situations that might arise. When it comes to food allergies, remember to pack additional vital items into your child’s backpack. Make sure to review The ABCs of Back to School with Food Allergies and print out an Allergy Card you create with the Neocate Footsteps app:

Neocate Footsteps app.

Do you have a new or favorite back-to-school jitter buster? We’d love to hear about it.


Introducing Your Neocate Baby to Solids - Summer Treat

Posted 7.26.16 | Irina Kabigting

Whether you are introducing your baby to solid food or are just looking for a refreshing summer treat, the following recipe is perfect for a hot day. This recipe is especially refreshing if you cool it in the refrigerator before serving.

Click on the image below to download a printable recipe card.

If you need additional information for introducing solid food to your Neocate baby, here are three resources that might be handy:

Additional Recipes

Our Neocate YouTube channel is full of additional recipes you can try today (don’t forget to subscribe as additional videos are added on a regular basis).

Do you have a Neocate recipe you created? We would love to hear all about it. Make sure to comment below with your recipe name and what inspired your crea


Summer Travel Checklist

Posted 7.21.16 | Nutrition Specialist

Are you going on vacation with your family this summer? Traveling with allergies can be daunting, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid travel altogether. Precautionary steps can be taken to minimize the chance of you or a loved one having an allergic reaction while on the road. Whether you’re traveling by car, plane, or train, transporting Neocate requires preparation. Follow our checklist to make sure that you are prepared for your journey. 

 Don’t forget to pack:

  • EpiPen
  • Allergy cards
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Diaper bag: Check out our blog post on what to pack.
  • Neocate: Make sure to pack enough to last your entire trip!
  • Medications
  • Cash, ATM card, or traveler’s checks
  • Printouts of reservations

Travel tips:

  • Plan ahead of time. Make sure you have the right amount of Neocate to last your entire trip. You don’t want to have to call pharmacies to locate formula while you are relaxing with your family!
  • If you are flying, read the TSA policy. They have strict limits about flying with liquids and powders. You might want to consider packing Neocate in your checked bags to avoid the hassle. Make sure you have enough formula in your carry-on to last you the entire flight. It might be easier to bring a small cooler for your bottles!
  • Pack your snacks. If you are flying, there are select food items that can be taken on board within your carry-on bag, which include fresh whole fruit, like oranges and apples. Wrapped sandwiches, bags of chips, and pastries are usually okay, so long as the items are sealed properly. If you are unsure what is allowed and what isn’t allowed, see TSA’s official list of prohibited items
  • Pack an EpiPen. It is recommended that you pack an EpiPen within your carry-on bag, as checked bags can be subject to rough handling and hot temperatures that could render the EpiPen ineffective. As a precautionary measure, carry the prescription label from the pharmacy and a note from your doctor acknowledging the food allergy. 
  • Pack your allergy card, and copies if you have them. Having an allergy card to provide to flight crew and like staff will provide a clear outline of the types of foods that can cause your little one to have a reaction. If you unsure how to create one, we made it super simple using the Neocate Footsteps App.

Lastly, remember to have a great time! Here are some inspirational images other Neocate families have shared with us as they were getting ready on their trips. 

   

If you have any additional travel tips or would like to share your packing photos, feel free to comment below or post them to our Facebook page. Have fun, and stay safe on your travels this summer! 



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