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New Neocate Footsteps App – Support in YOUR Pocket

Posted 5.12.16 | Irina Kabigting

For many families, getting to a diagnosis of a food allergy or related condition can be a tough journey. Many food allergies start with mysterious symptoms that mimic other conditions or diseases, which can mean multiple doctor visits for some families to reach a diagnosis.

Once diagnosed, new patients and their families often have a lot of questions such as:

  • What do I eat? Should I track it? What causes my symptoms?
  • Where can I get the special formula you prescribed?
  • How do I mix the formula? Store it? Travel with it?
  • Should the poop really be green with Neocate?
  • Do I have to pay out-of-pocket?

After discussing these pain points with Neocate families, we created a  brand new Neocate Footsteps App. The app is free and is available in iTunes now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/neocate-footsteps/id1098276656?mt=8

This app is for anyone with food allergies or related conditions or those who care for them. The Neocate Footsteps App is the only app that specifically helps track usage of amino acid-based formulas and other food intake, allergic symptoms, mood, sleep times, diapers and more. It also provides helpful resources authored and edited by healthcare professionals on a weekly basis to help you stay in-the-know.

Here’s a quick video that showcases various functions and features of the app:

How to Download the Neocate Footsteps App

As mentioned previously, the app is available for iOS devices only. You can follow the following steps to get started:

1.     Go to the App Store on your iPhone (or iPad*) to start. The App Store Icon looks like:

 

2.     Using the Search option (located along the bottom of the screen), search for “Neocate Footsteps”

3.     Once you find the app, tap “Get” on the right side of the screen, then tap “Install”. If asked, enter your iTunes password. If you don’t remember your iTunes password, you will have to retrieve/reset it before being able to download.

4.     The app then will download to your device. Get excited!

5.     Upon finishing, a new Neocate Footsteps app icon will appear on your device. The icon will look like:

 

6.     Tap on the icon to start using the app

*While the app is designed to work best on iPhones, it will also work on iPads. When searching the app store on an iPad, make sure to select “iPhone Only” from the search options to see the app. This option is located on the top left corner.

Once the app is installed you’ll notice that it will automatically scale up to display full size on the iPad screen, causing the buttons, fonts and graphics to look proportionately larger than normal. If you want to decrease the size of the app to normal iPhone size, press the [1x] button in the lower right corner of the screen.

How Can The Neocate Footsteps App Benefit You and Your Family?

This app is designed for anyone with food allergies or those who care for children with food allergies, and allows patients, parents & caregivers to:

  • Track events and share reports with your healthcare team: Diaper changes, symptoms, sleep times, meals, bottles, mood, weight, height and head circumference.  Reports can be emailed in advance and shared during appointments.
  • Create and share allergy cards: Easily share important information about food allergies with babysitters, daycare providers or teachers, or with restaurant staff while dining out.
  • View easy-to-read charts that can help identify patterns in sleeping, eating, and allergic symptoms. You can even email these charts directly to your healthcare team ahead of time!
  • Attach images and notes to any event, such as a diaper or skin rash. No need to guess when a specific event happened, how many wet diapers your baby had that day, or what that rash looked like last Tuesday.

Additional features include:

  • Tips & Resources: Read guidance written by healthcare professionals and other experts - updated twice weekly!
  • Allergy-friendly recipes: If you are new to the food allergy world or are in the phase of transitioning, we understand that you might be looking for delicious allergy-friendly recipes. With the app, you get access to a mobile-friendly way to browse recipes that incorporate Neocate products.
  • Reimbursement & Coverage: Navigating insurance coverage and reimbursement options can be a hassle. The Neocate Footsteps app offers a simple way you can call or email experts who can help you get through this challenging maze.
  • Pharmacy finder: Locate convenient pharmacies to order Neocate, or you can order directly through our website and receive free shipping.
  • Neocate product information: Detailed product information with the option to buy direct from the company.

The Neocate Footsteps App is all of the Neocate top resources in your pocket with you at all times!

The Neocate Footsteps program offers an array of resources to support, answer and inspire at each milestone of your food allergy journey.  Learn more here: http://www.neocate.com/footsteps/

With a full line of amino-acid based products to help children thrive from infancy through school age and beyond, only Neocate offers a range of solutions designed to support you and your families at every step of your journey.


Neocate Mixing & Storage Questions Answered – Round 2

Posted 4.28.16 | Nutrition Specialist

When it comes to mixing and storing formula, we’ve heard every question, usually more than once! A few months ago, we answered questions about mixing and storing Neocate products. This post was so popular that it helped spark additional questions from our Facebook followers as well as comments posted on our blog.

So here we go, Round 2!

Once Neocate formulas are prepared, how long until they go bad? Can I keep them longer in the fridge?

The important thing to remember is that our recommendations help to make sure that Neocate stays fresh and that it doesn’t have time to “go bad.” (Good Neocate is a nice guy; Bad Neocate is just plain mean!) “Going bad” is a nice way of saying that a food or formula sat around too long, and bacteria showed up and multiplied! This can make food or formula taste bad, smell bad, and possibly make you sick. Here’s a breakdown of the times we recommend:

24 hours – This is the amount of time that prepared Neocate powdered formulas can stay in the fridge, IF you put them in right after mixing. This also applies to Neocate Splash that’s been opened, but not if anyone has taken a drink directly from the container! If Neocate has been in the fridge longer than 24 hours, we recommend throwing it out.

4 hours – This is the amount of time that prepared Neocate powdered formulas (or opened or poured Neocate Splash) can sit out at room temperature. This can be either after being freshly mixed, or after being removed from the fridge. If it’s been on the counter at room temperature longer than 4 hours, throw it out!

1 hour – This is the amount of time that Neocate can be kept after someone starts to drink it. Like it or not, our mouths are full of bacteria that just love nutrient-rich formulas like Neocate. Once your baby, child, or you take a drink, start the clock and throw out what’s left after 1 hour. Safety first!

Can I make Neocate in advance and use it at a later time?

Sure! As long as you follow the rules above for storage times, you can prepare Neocate formulas in advance. We always recommend that freshly prepared formula is best, but we know it’s not always easy to mix it exactly when you need it. For further guidance, check with your healthcare team!

Note: We don’t recommend preparing Neocate Nutra - our hypoallergenic semi-solid - in advance, because the texture will actually become thicker over time AND thicker with refrigeration. However, the storage instructions for Neocate Nutra would be the same as for the Neocate formulas if your healthcare team is okay with the thicker texture.

 

Once I’ve mixed Neocate to store for later, do I put it straight into the fridge or do I need to cool it down first?

It’s best to cool the prepared Neocate quickly to get it below the “danger zone” at which bacteria grow best. Straight into the fridge for a bottle is fine, regardless of the water temperature used. That’s because small items will cool quickly in a fridge. However, if you mix a large volume of Neocate, such as for a full day, and store it in a large container, it will cool pretty slowly in the fridge. Here are two options:

  1. Use cold water to prepare the Neocate, so it doesn’t have much cooling to do.
  2. If you prepare the Neocate formula with warm or room temperature water, start by pouring it into the container you’ll store it in. Put the lid on. Then fill a large bowl or pot with ice water. Nestle the container with Neocate in the ice water. Rotate it every few minutes. This will cool it down quicker than the cold air in the refrigerator would. After about 20-30 minutes, it should be plenty cold, and you can move it to the fridge.

It’s important to note not to use hot water when mixing your formula.
(See what temperature water should be when used to mix Neocate formulas.)

What temperature should the fridge be when storing Neocate?

Ooh, good question! We actually don’t get this one very often. For storing anything perishable (food, leftovers, prepared Neocate, you name it), a refrigerator should maintain a temperature below 40° F (4° C).

Did you know that some spots in your refrigerator are colder than others? It’s true! In general, the door is the warmest part of the fridge. The coldest parts can vary based on the layout of the fridge (i.e. where the freezer and icemaker are).

Want a surefire way to know if your fridge is cold enough? Take it’s temperature! Place a cup of water in the fridge, add a thermometer, and wait a few hours. You can even move it around to different parts of the fridge to see the differences – just make sure you give the water a few hours to adjust to the new “climate.”

What is the best temperature for storing Neocate Splash? Can Neocate Splash drink boxes be stored in the refrigerator?

The best temperature for storing unopened Neocate Splash long term is room temperature. That’s because some nutrients don’t hold up well under heat, and some don’t do well in cold. So keep Neocate Splash away from sunny windows, air vents, hot appliances, and cold, drafty spaces. That goes for unopened cans of other Neocate products, too!

That said, you can put unopened Neocate Splash in the refrigerator ahead of time to cool down, such as for tomorrow’s lunch box. If it hasn’t been opened, we suggest you can keep it refrigerated for up to a week. This is because we just don’t know the effects that cold (but not freezing) temperatures over extended periods of time might have on levels of some nutrients. Remember though: If the drink box is open, it can only be refrigerated for up to 24 hours, but no more. And if someone has already taken a drink from the box, you’ve got 1 hour!

How should I prepare Neocate when going on a trip?

Ooh, you’re going on a trip? Where? Can we come? No, seriously, you don’t have to bring us with you, but feel free to share a picture of you traveling with Neocate on our Facebook or Instagram!

When you are going on a trip with prepared Neocate formula, follow these rules:

  • Mix no more Neocate formula than you need in 24 hours - otherwise you’ll have to toss what's left!
  • Keep it cold – below 40° F (4° C) – and store it for no more than 24 hours. That means you’ll need a well-insulated cooler and plenty of cold freezer packs or bags of ice.
  • If you use powdered Neocate formula, take extra cans, just in case.
  • If you use Neocate Splash, take extra drink boxes, just in case.
  • If you use Neocate Splash, keep unopened drink boxes away from extreme temperatures. That means don’t throw it in the trunk in the extreme heat of summer or bitter cold of winter for long periods of time, like road trips.
  • Check out this post about flying with Neocate for more helpful tips.

Can you store Neocate frozen?

We don’t recommend it. Why, you ask? Plenty of other foods can be kept safely in the freezer longer than they can in the fridge, so why not Neocate? The short answer to this question is: we don’t know. Okay, that’s not a very fair answer, and it’s not the whole truth! The mid-range answer is that freezing temperatures can affect Neocate’s quality in ways we can’t predict. Still want more information, or don’t believe us? Here goes…

Freezing temperatures (below 32° F, or 0° C) can affect some nutrient levels. Some vitamins just don’t hold up well under really cold temperatures, and home freezers can actually get very cold! Also, frozen Neocate that thaws may discolor and/or separate into different layers. Gray Neocate in layers is not appealing! We cannot guarantee nutrient content or quality of Neocate products when frozen, which is why we don’t recommend it.

That said, some recipes that call for Neocate products are frozen, and frozen treats can be downright delicious. Ask your healthcare team for advice before you prepare Neocate in any of these recipes, or any way other than as directed on the packaging or as we suggest above. Find more information about cooking with Neocate here.

Can I still use Neocate past the expiration date?

Nope! We absolutely don’t budge on this one. If you don’t like this simple, straightforward answer, you can read this post that spells out in detail why we can’t recommend using Neocate past the expiration date.

How do I ensure Neocate dissolves properly?

Like any powdered formulas, sometimes clogged nipples happen. Following these steps can help ensure that Neocate formulas dissolve well:

  • In general, the warmer the water, the better the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids in Neocate powders will dissolve.
  • The warmest water you should use is 122° F (50° C) to ensure the nutrient levels are not affected. (Water that temperature is pretty warm, but not uncomfortbly hot is our best description without pulling out a thermometer)
  • DO NOT use boiling water to prepare Neocate powders. While Neocate powders dissolve REALLY well in boiling water, it destroys a lot of important nutrients.
  • Stir or shake vigorously for the best solubility.
  • You can try allowing formula freshly mixed to "rest" for a few minutes and then give it another vigorous stir or shake.
  • If you still have trouble after trying the above tips, give us a call at 800.Neocate to let us know!

Again, if we didn’t answer your question, check this post with other common questions to see if we cover it there. If not, we’re happy to help in the comments section below! What other questions do you have about mixing, preparing, serving, or storing Neocate?

-Rob

You can trust me! I've worked at Nutricia as part of the Medical Affairs team since 2010! My job is answering Neocate questions, and if I don't know the answer to your question, I know where to get it! I'm also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.


Nutricia Navigator – Neocate Product Coverage and Reimbursement Assistance

Posted 11.19.15 | Christine Graham-Garo

Nutricia NavigatorLiving with food allergies can be worrisome for families. So when you find the formula that your child tolerates, it is an exciting and anxious time. However, if your insurance states that they will not cover the cost of that formula, it can bring on even more worries to an already stressful situation.

For families looking to obtain product coverage, it can often be overwhelming to speak to insurance companies directly.  Insurance companies tend to use terms and phrases not common in our day-to-day conversations. This is where the Nutricia Navigator steps in.

What is Nutricia Navigator?

Nutricia Navigator is a free reimbursement service created to help you find Neocate product access and coverage.

The program was started in 2010 and is available in all 50 US States. Our Navigator team is well versed in the insurance lingo and necessary steps needed to be taken in order to obtain possible coverage.  Think of them as the GPS for insurance coverage of Neocate Products.

It is the only service that goes above and beyond to help you gain Nutricia product access and coverage, and will stay by your side until you have the product in-hand and all your questions have been answered.

Nutricia Navigator Facts

How Nutricia Navigator Works?

  • Helps you understand where & how Nutricia products can be covered.
  • Will assist you in appealing denials for Nutricia product coverage by self-funded and fully-funded plans through medical necessity support.
  • Will stay by your side until you have the Nutricia product in-hand and all questions have been answered.
  • Initiates joint calls between patients, healthcare teams & insurance companies to guide you through difficult reimbursement processes.
  • Works with Medicaid, WIC*, self-funded plans, commercial insurance, & state mandates to work towards Nutricia product coverage support.
  • And Much More!

If you are wondering if your insurance will cover the cost of Neocate, start by calling the Nutricia Navigator at 1-800-365-7354, option 8, ext 1200. You can also email them at NutriciaNavigator@Nutricia.com.

For additional information, or forms to help you get started with Nutricia Navigator, go to the Navigator’s website.

* WIC = WIC is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

 


Orange you glad you read this post?

Posted 7.31.15 | Nutrition Specialist

Our guest blog today comes from Raquel Durban, a Registered Dietitian specializing in immediate and delayed food allergies in Charlotte, NC.  Raquel is a medical advisory board member for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) and an active participant in the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI), American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED) and International Network for Diet and Nutrition in Allergy (INDANA).  We would like to thank Raquel for this post. 

Think oranges are only for juicing? Think again! Oranges can provide a fun and educational experience to practice using auto-injectable epinephrine! While in clinic one afternoon, a mother pulled out a bag of citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruits work best because of their large size) and her expired auto-injectable epinephrine.

To my surprise and delight, she wanted to inject the oranges with her expired epinephrine devices so that I could "see" her practice and validate her administration. What makes this such a great idea? While the training devices for auto-injectable epinephrine are great teaching aids, the actually devices are heavier than the test devices, as they are filled with epinephrine. Also, the skin and flesh of the citrus fruits mimics a thigh very well.

I wanted to pass along this great idea to other families who might like to practice using expired auto-injectable epinephrine. If practicing with a little one, make sure you give them a helping hand. And after your practice session, please ensure that you dispose of the expired auto-injectable epinephrine correctly by checking with your doctor’s office or pharmacy. Some cities also have household hazardous waste programs that accept medical waste.

 

Image source: Debbie


Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and the Six Food Elimination Diet

Posted 5.15.15 | Christine Graham-Garo

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is a condition that is continuing to get more and more attention in the medical community, which means the public is learning more about it too. Unfortunately though, the management options for EoE are not black and white. EoE may be managed either with medication, which has known long-term side effects, or nutrition therapy, which has been shown extremely effective, but may be difficult to follow for some families.

Medications used to manage EoE are all steroids, and at this point no medication has FDA approval for EoE. Steroids have been shown to be effective in managing EoE for more than half of patients. However, steroids may not be the best long-term solution for everyone. Many families who choose to use steroids may mix the medication recommended by their physician with Neocate Nutra. This is because Neocate Nutra thickens, so can help to coat the esophagus with the steroid. This use of Neocate Nutra was even studied by a medical team and you can read about their published research here.

As EoE is a chronic condition, management with nutrition therapy is often discussed and preferred by many families over steroids. Here are nutritional therapy options for EoE:

  • Elemental Diet – A diet consisting almost exclusively of amino acid-based (or elemental) products
  • Elimination Diets – The removal of allergens from the diet.
    1. Tailored Elimination – Elimination of specific allergens based on allergy testing
    2. Six Food Elimination – Elimination of 6 top allergens based on the most common allergens seen in EoE patients

The Six Food Elimination Diet

The 6 Food Elimination diet has been gaining in popularity because it bypasses extensive food allergen testing needed for the Tailored Elimination diet. As you may know, allergy tests (skin prick tests and blood tests) are not perfect. There are often false positives which can make the treatment plan more complicated and time consuming, and some allergens may be missed ('false negatives'). So what the 6 Food Elimination diet proposes is that, off-the-bat, patients eliminate the top 6 allergens seen in EoE patients. The top allergens are milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts/tree nuts, and seafood. One study1 confirms there is a 74% success rate when using this type of nutrition therapy for EoE. (As a point of reference, an Elemental Diet shows a 95-98% success rate based on multiple studies.) Researcers are also looking into 4 Food Elimination diets.

Advantages and Disadvantages to consider

The advantages of using the 6 Food Elimination diet approach are that you can still eat solid foods. It also eliminates the need for extensive skin and blood tests to check for food allergies. Important disadvantages to this diet therapy are that it may unnecessarily remove foods from the diet, and many process foods are out, meaning the diet often involves a lot of preparation and careful reading of ingredient lists. Eliminating so many foods can increase the risk of patients being deficient in one or more nutrients. Also, as many of you may know, it is hard just to remove milk and soy from your diet. Try eliminating SIX different allergens that are found in many foods while maintaining your nutritional status! For this reason, many medical teams that manage patients with EoE encourage their patients to supplement the 6 Food Elimination diet with a nutritionally dense, hypoallergenic elemental product, such as Neocate®. This can help ensure the patient is getting all the protein, vitamins and minerals they need per day while ensuring that no allergic reactions will occur with the elemental products. It is vital that EoE patients are monitored by a dietitian. The dietitian will help calculate how much of the elemental product the patient will need per day and also make sure the nutritional status of the patient is maintained.

Again, since research has found a 74% success rate for the 6 Food Elimination diet, it's possible that symptoms will persist after starting the 6 Food Elimination diet. If this happens, your medical team can help you decide the next best step, which may include a careful review of your diet, possibly eliminating more foods, or starting with a more “allergen safe” diet therapy such as an Elemental diet. After a few weeks on the Elemental diet, most teams will work with you to start reintroducing solid foods to figure out which ones may be contributing to your symptoms.

I hope this helped to shed some light on this nutritional therapy options for EoE. Every person will have their own treatment plan that works for them. Is anyone following an elimination diet now? How is it going for you? Have any tips you can share that may help others manage an elimination diet?

-Christine

1 Kagawalla AF et al, Effect of six-food elimination diet on clinical and histologic outcomes in eosinophilic esophagitis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2006:4(9):363-8


Coming Soon: Neocate Junior With Prebiotics Strawberry Flavor

Posted 2.25.14 | Nutrition Specialist
We are very excited to announce the launch of Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, STRAWBERRY in the United States! Strawberry is a flavor that kids love! This great tasting new product will be available starting March of 2014! Our strawberry flavor is a NEW addition to our existing and popular Neocate Junior with Prebiotics product line, which includes options in great tasting Vanilla or Unflavored.
 
The new Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Strawberry is a powdered medical food for individuals over the age of one year. It is indicated for the dietary management of cow and soy milk allergy, multiple food protein intolerance, eosinophilic esophagitis, short bowel syndrome and conditions of gastrointestinal tract impairment and malabsorption requiring an elemental diet. Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Strawberry will be available as a powder in 14.1 oz cans.
Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Strawberry is coming soon! Over the course of the next several weeks, we will be sharing more information on this great tasting new product online at Neocate.com, including details on how to purchase it. Stay tuned for more information soon. 
 
Nutricia looks forward to bringing you the best clinical nutrition products. For more information on Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Strawberry and our family of amino acid-based medical foods, please visit www.neocate.com or call our Customer Service Department toll-free at 1-800-365-7354, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 7:00 pm EST. 
 
UPDATE: Neocate Junior with Prebiotics in Strawberry Flavor is now live and available. Learn more.
 

Information on Neocate® Junior with Improved Vitamins and Minerals

Posted 2.5.14 | Neocate Admin

Dear Neocate Community,

Our sole purpose is to provide specialized medical nutrition to children and adults with highly-sensitive and complex conditions. We periodically improve our products to reflect the latest medical and scientific consensus and ensure that the people who use our products receive the best possible nutritional support for their optimal health. If we receive a report of an individual who is unable to tolerate his or her source of nutrition, we always aim to work closely with the individual’s family and physician to help find a solution that meets the individual’s unique needs.

In February 2013 we improved the levels of 11 vitamins and minerals, like vitamin D, in our Neocate® Junior line of products to provide better nutritional support. The improvements ensure that Neocate Junior products are in line with the U.S. Institute of Medicine’s current dietary reference intake (DRI) recommendations. The upgrade did not alter the macronutrients (i.e., protein, fat, carbohydrate), and the products retain the same hypoallergenic properties as before. Since then, for more than a year, thousands of children have continued to thrive on Neocate Junior with improved vitamins and minerals for their daily nutrition.

We have been working with the family and physician of one child having tolerability difficulties with the upgraded product to support them in finding a solution that addresses the child’s individual medical diagnosis and needs. For this case, we are going to manufacture the pre-upgrade formula that we discontinued in January 2013 for the child’s trialing under supervision from a physician.

This is currently an isolated case, and so we are not marketing the discontinued product. However, we will work individually with any family and their physician who reach out to us and help address concerns or difficulties with our products. This may include transition support, support trialing other commercially available options, and finally working with the child's physician to determine if any other nutritional solutions might be successful, such as producing a discontinued formulation.

Questions on the 2012 Label Graphics Change

Some families reported concerns with pre-upgrade Neocate Junior following a change to the product label graphics in 2012; however there was no change to the product formulation or process prior to the February 2013 upgrade. For more information about this situation and how we have offered support to families, please click here.

What You Should Do

For most children, moving from one formula to a nutritionally-improved version does not typically require a transition period or present tolerability concerns. Families should continue using the upgraded Neocate Junior with improved vitamins and minerals as directed. All Neocate Junior products are hypoallergenic and safe for use as directed.

If you have questions or concerns, including tolerability issues, we encourage you to contact your child’s physician or our Nutrition Services team (1-800-365-7354), so that we can help support your individual case.

For more information on the upgrade, please click here.

Kind Regards,

Nutricia North America

 


How to Conduct an Elimination Diet

Posted 1.28.14 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


Many people who find their way to Neocate as part of an elimination diet. Sometimes this is for moms nursing their infants, whereas other times an elimination diet is used for older children with allergies. If you are exploring an elimination diet for yourself or your child, here are some resources and a few suggestions.

1 – Know the Basics

The general idea behind an elimination diet is that certain foods are strictly eliminated. This video, featuring members of our team, explains the basics behind an elimination diet, such as eliminating dairy and soy ingredients. You can also read some of our related posts: Elimination Diets and Breastfeeding, and Resources for Your Elimination Diet.

2 - Ask for Advice

We always suggest that you check with the healthcare team and follow their advice for an elimination diet. Your healthcare team can provide much more detailed and tailored instructions on what foods you should eliminate and how to avoid them. It can help to take a list of questions to the healthcare team – here are some suggestions to help prepare for the appointment.

3 – Remember the Risks

Make sure the healthcare team explains what should improve with the elimination diet and how quickly. Also look to understand any risks. For instance, in cases of multiple food allergies there is often a need to eliminate more than just dairy and soy. This can lead to a diet that is low in one or more nutrients, which could pose a risk of deficiency. Please read this previous blog post about a child on an elimination diet to make sure you’re aware of some potential risks.

What experience can you share with others who are exploring an elimination diet?

- Rob

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New and Improved Neocate Infant: Why We Increased the DHA Content

Posted 10.1.13 | Mallory West

As you’re all likely aware by now, we recently made some improvements to the Neocate Infant with DHA and ARA. One of the improvements was the increased level of docosahexaenoic acid, better known as DHA. You may recall that DHA is a fatty acid found in breast milk which plays a role in infant brain and eye development.

DHA is found in breast milk at an average level of 0.32% of fatty acids[i]. When breast feeding isn’t possible, infant nutrition experts recommend that infant formulas provide between 0.2-0.5% total fatty acids as DHA[ii]. The reformulated version of Neocate Infant with DHA and ARA provides DHA at a level of 0.35% of total fatty acids, which is in line with current recommendations and closer to the average levels found in breast milk. We hope you are as excited as we are about the increased DHA and the rest of the improvements in the new Neocate!

For more information on the new and improved Neocate Infant with DHA and ARA, visit http://www.neocate.com/images/uploads/Files/Consumer%20Letter%20New%20NIF_Jul2013.pdf.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact our Nutrition Specialists at 1-800-365-7354, Option 2 or at nutritionservices@nutricia.com.

-Mallory


[i] Brenna JT, et al. Docosahexaenoic and arachidonic acid concentrations in human breast milk worldwide. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Jun;85(6):1457-64.

[ii] Koletzko B, et al. The roles of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy, lactation and infancy: review of current knowledge and consensus recommendations. J Perinat Med. 2008;36(1):5-14.

Photo: Flickr user pfly

 


How to Transition Your Little One from the Old Neocate to the New Formula

Posted 9.10.13 | Mallory West

As you've likely heard by now, the New and Improved Neocate Infant is now available for purchase! In this video, Nutrition Specialists Mallory and Christine demonstrate how to transition from the old Neocate Infant to the new formula. If you have any questions about making the transition, please call one of our Nutrition Specialists at 1-800-365-7354 or email us at nutritionservices@nutricia.com.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tpTDabhNro 

 

 



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