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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?

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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?

C:\Users\mccandro\Pictures\purple fridge.jpgSure! 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?

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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.
  • C:\Users\mccandro\Pictures\family road trip.jpgIf 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 4° 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.


Why Neocate Dropped the Soy Oil

Posted 1.17.16 | Nutrition Specialist


Loads of parents and caregivers, and even some healthcare professionals, contact us asking about the various ingredients in our Neocate products. Here are some common questions we receive:

  • Why do you include ___ as an ingredient? (It provides nutrition is almost always the answer.)
  • Does Neocate use GMOs? (Nope!)
  • Do Neocate products contain soy? (No way!)   

That last question is one of my favorites, because our answer is so unique. Many of you may be aware that a lot of infants with a cow milk allergy also are allergic to soy. This is sometimes termed milk soy protein intolerance (MSPI). For many, many years Neocate families have asked us over and over if we could remove the soy oil from Neocate Infant. They told us that, while the medical community told them soy oil was okay, they were still wary. On top of requests from parents, some healthcare professionals also asked us if it would be possible to remove soy oil (more on that below). I'll tell you the history behind removing soy oil from Neocate Infant, and I'll also try to answer some questions from a medical perspective about soy oil for those with a soy allergy.

Why did Neocate use soy oil in the past?

For about 20 years, Neocate Infant products in the United States contained soy oil. The oil was very highly refined, and the refining process is designed to remove all of the protein, which is the part of food that the body responds to in an allergic reaction. The soy oil was essential because it provides special types of fats that human infants need to get from their diet. If a baby can't breast feed and drinks formula instead, the formula is required by law to contain these essential fats.  For many years, soy oil was really the only good source of essential fat that was also permitted for infant formulas. In fact, every infant formula in the United States uses soy oil to provide essential fats.

What changed?

I mentioned that Neocate Infant used soy oil, but other Neocate products for older children did not. That's because those products contain canola oil as a source of essential fat instead of soy oil. Canola oil is an excellent source of essential fat, and can be used in foods for children and older people in the US, but had not been able to be used for infant formulas. You know what's really weird? Neocate Infant products in other countries used canola oil instead of soy oil for years! 

At Nutricia, we thought it would be great if canola oil were suitable for use in Neocate Infant too, but there has to be a lot of evidence for the ingredients that can be used in infant formulas, and the evidence has to be given to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Basically, nobody had ever told the FDA that they would like to use canola oil in an infant formula as a source of essential fat. We decided that we wanted to do what we could to replace the soy oil with canola oil in Neocate Infant, because it was important to our customers. This involved working with experts and compiling loads of research and information to provide the FDA to support the safety of canola oil.

Ultimately, we were able to provide the FDA with the available research and with answers to all of their questions. Based on the long history of safe use in other countries and the fact that canola oil is a great source of essential fats, we were able to remove the soy oil in Neocate Infant DHA/ARA! In 2013, we finally launched an improved version of Neocate Infant DHA/ARA. Among other nutritional improvements, soy oil was not in the formula. The formula contained canola oil instead, and had higher levels of essential fats.

What does the medical community say?

As I mentioned above, soy oil is recognized by the medical community as being suitable for patients with soy allergies. The soy oil used in infant formulas is highly refined, whereas some grocery oils labeled "cold pressed" or "unfiltered" are not. Professional allergy organizations have published guidance for allergic patients indicating that refined soy oil is acceptable for most patients. In fact, the FDA exempts highly refined soy oil from being labeled as an allergen, due to the available research indicating safety.

Despite this, many healthcare professionals told us that it is confusing for families who find it easy to avoid products with "soy" on the label. They informed us that many families are inherently suspicious of infant formulas that contain soy oil if their infant has a soy allergy. It can be very difficult for healthcare teams to reassure parents that the soy oil used in infant formulas is "safe" for an infant with a soy protein allergy, especially if the family has been through many allergy symptoms and unsuccessful formula switches. Families want the greatest assurance possible that a formula is "safe." 

Many healthcare professionals have thanked us for removing soy oil from Neocate Infant. They know that the soy oil was safe, but felt it would be much easier to provide a parent with an infant formula that didn't contain any ingredients derived from soy, regardless of the inherent safety of the ingredient. The fact that the improved Neocate Infant formula contained higher levels of essential fats was an added nutritional bonus. To this day, Neocate Infant is the only infant formula available in the U.S. that does not contain soy oil. We feel it was worth the time and effort to remove soy oil from Neocate Infant, and we're glad to say that there is no soy oil in the entire Neocate product line.

Do you find it reassuring that Neocate products do not contain soy oil?

-Rob

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Is Your Stress Impacting Your Family? Importance of Caregivers Managing Personal Stress

Posted 1.14.16 | Irina Kabigting

As parents and caregivers, we might not always make ourselves a priority. Daily pressures can add up, causing us to stress out.  When you do start to stress out, are you able to not only recognize it, but also take steps to de-stress?

A New Year signals a new beginning, so in 2016, let’s slow down and take a look internally at what we can do to understand and lower the levels of stress we experience.

What is Stress?

Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. When we are stressed, our bodies release chemicals that signal us to react.

Good stress on our body, to a point, increases productivity. However, negative stress can cause the opposite effect on our bodies. In essence, we have a breaking point after which our bodies start to signal that it’s time to pull back and relax:

The Human Function Curve

(Photo Credit: Elon.edu)

 

What Causes Stress?

Stress can be brought on for a number of reasons. It’s also important to note that some instances might impact you much more than the person next to you and vice versa.  For example, think about that popular ride at the amusement park. You might freak out and be scared to death about going on a ride. Your palms might sweat, your heartbeat might start spiking and maybe even your breathing becomes intense. However, your friend might be excited, laughing and having the time of his life going on the same ride. Same stimulant, different reaction.

A study conducted by the American Psychological Association identified the most common causes of stress in Americans. Between 2007-2010, the top three causes of stress were money, work and the economy.

Causes of Stress

(Photo Credit: American Psychological Association)

Why Should You Care?

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, it is estimated that up to 75 percent of all visits to physician’s offices are stress-related. There are some studies that are starting to look at the potential relationship between stress and increased susceptibility to infections and various other diseases. There’s already evidence that caring for children with food allergies can cause parents to miss more work and experience more financial stress. Ongoing research is finding that family quality of life may be affected by food allergies.

Scary right…

Our stress as parents and caregivers doesn’t just impact us alone. As a caretaker, we have to be cognizant of the impact stress can have on our families as well.

The same study from the American Psychological Association quantified the impact of the stress we feel as parents, on our children. The study showed that younger children tend to feel more worried and frustrated when their parents are stressed out.

Impact of Stress on Children

Additionally, more parents than nonparents say they are not doing enough to manage their stress (31 percent vs. 20 percent). Parents are more likely than nonparents to report engaging in unhealthy stress management techniques, such as drinking alcohol (18 percent vs. 12 percent) and smoking (17 percent vs. 10 percent).

Such staggering data show how important it is to take the time to take care of yourself, not only for you, but also for your family.

Signs of Stress

The first step in managing your stress is to learn the signs of stress so that you can recognize when you need some “you time.”

There are many signs of stress. They can be mental and/or physical. Here is a list of potential stress-related signs our bodies might feel one or combination of the following:

  • Irritability/Anger
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of interest, motivation or energy
  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Headache
  • Feeling depressed or sad
  • Feeling as through you could cry
  • Upset Stomach or indigestion
  • Muscular tension
  • Change in Appetite
  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Teeth grinding
  • Change in sex drive
  • Tightness in chest
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Change in menstrual cycle
  • Increased heartbeat and faster breathing
  • Increased perspiration
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Other
  • Nothing

What Can You Do About Stress?

There are numerous resources and techniques available for managing stress. Later on this month, we will devote a blog post to diving a bit deeper into stress management techniques, so stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, take an honest look at your surroundings and think about your stress triggers. What is stressing you out? How do you currently deal with stress? Is it a healthy approach? Is there anything you can do about the sources of your stress?

If you need more ideas today, check out this list of 13 Tips to Ease Stress, provided by WebMd.

What stress management techniques work best for you? Share below; it might help another caretaker just like you.


Upcycling Neocate Cans

Posted 12.15.15 | Nutrition Specialist

We've written before about recycling Neocate cans as well as recycling Neocate lids and scoops. We've also shared some ideas for getting creative with Neocate cans in arts and crafts. But have you ever considered "upcycling" Neocate cans at the holidays? We got this idea from an EoE family that we met at the annual APFED patient conference. They told us that money was tight one year, so they found ways to reuse the many Neocate cans they had lying around. We love the idea!

First, what is upcycling?

The term "upcycling" describes reusing a product or material that you would otherwise discard or recycle. To be more specific, upcycling means reusing the product in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original product. Upcycling is considered to be a step above recycling from an environmental perspective. For example, you might be familiar with all of the creative ideas that have come up in recent months for reusing Mason jars. Those are examples of upcycling! So how can you upcycle Neocate cans at the holidays?

Turn Neocate cans into gift containers

Who needs boxes and wrapping paper or expensive gift bags when you can do something really creative? As long as your gift will fit inside, you can make a great gift container with a Neocate can. See this post and swap the called-for coffee can for a Neocate can. Pretty cool, especially with the gold lid! Invite your family members to see who can make the most festive gift container, or who can get most creative.

Turn Neocate cans into gifts

What could be better than a handmade gift for someone you care about? We'll take handmade gifts over storebought merchandise any day! The possibilities with Neocate cans are almost endless. See a previous post for ideas to turn Neocate cans into musical instruments, containers for plants, or even a piggy bank. The plant container idea could be especially great when you're trying to think of something nice to do for your neighbors.

Turn Neocate cans into decorations

If you're like us, you use the same holiday decorations year after year. For a change of scenery this season, how about turning a Neocate can into a nice holiday gift basket to hold baked goods or goodies when giving gifts? For a fun family activity, how about a holiday time capsule with notes and pictures to open next year, or even in another 5 years? You can also turn a single Neocate can into a decorative can to hold greenery as a centerpiece. If you have several cans and really want to create a masterpiece, turn a stack of cans into a snowman with a top hat.

What great suggestions does your family have for upcycling leftover Neocate cans?

-Rob

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State Mandates - How Mandates Impact Medical Food Insurance Coverage

Posted 12.10.15 | Nutrition Specialist

What is a state mandate?

State mandates are bills passed into law, which require insurance companies operating in a state to cover the use of elemental formula (i.e. Neocate products), when medically necessary. Without these state mandates, many in need of elemental formulas as their sole source of nutrition would bear 100% of the costs out of pocket.  In the image below (in purple shading) are states that have passed elemental formula mandates or have enacted “insurance agreements”, partnerships insurance companies have made to cover Neocate in a particular state:

Map of Mandated States 2015

Although states enact mandates, one caveat is that these only require insurance plans that are considered fully-funded to cover elemental formula, such as Neocate. A fully-funded plan is the type of insurance plan in which a member typically pays a set premium, and your insurance company bears the financial risk of paying each insurance claim.

If you have a self-funded plan, where your employer bears all risks and costs of paying insurance claims, it is not covered under state mandate laws.

What do I need to know as a parent?

If you live in a mandated state and your plan is designated as fully-funded, you should have Neocate coverage.

If, however, you are in a mandated state and your plan is self-funded, or you reside in a state with no mandate, know there is still hope for coverage. You may be able to gain coverage with assistance from Nutricia’s Navigator reimbursement support services. Our Navigator Team assists families in gaining formula coverage and will educate you, as a parent, on the means in which affordable elemental formula may be available in these dire situations. 

To learn more about the Navigator service, please call 1-800-365-7354 option 8, extension 1200or email the Navigator team at NutricaNavigator@nutricia.com.

If you are looking to gain legislative support to have your state become mandated, please visit the website for Children’s MAGIC, an organization committed to expanding healthcare coverage for elemental formula nationally, at http://www.childrensmagic.org or call at 1-866-501-2404.

- Raymond Gayle

About the Author: Raymond Gale is a Reimbursement Manager, health policy strategist and contributing writer for Nutricia North America

 


GERD Awareness Week

Posted 11.24.15 | Neocate Admin

In many households, this week marks the beginning of the holiday season!  For most, the holiday season brings excitement, joy and generosity. For others, it can bring worried minds over all the food allergens presented at the thanksgiving or dessert table and heartburn! During this 17th annual GERD awareness week which is November 23-29, 2015, we’d like to help spread the word about GERD. Heartburn is one of the most common symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and can turn a joyful celebration into an painful experience. The Digestive Health Alliance has pulled together 15 tips to manage your symptoms during this holiday season.

GERD can also occur in infants and children and is often referred to as gastroesophageal reflux (GER). The National Institute of Health provides an explanation of the difference between GER and GERD as well as helpful information on:

  • Symptoms & causes of GER and GERD in infants
  • Diagnosis of GER and GERD and infants
  • Treatement GER and GERD in infants

Studies estimate that up to 40-56% of infants with GER also suffer from cow milk allergy*. In those cases, here is how Neocate may be able to help.

Help us raise GERD awareness and tell us about you or your child’s GER/GERD story and what has been most helpful.

Wishing everyone a safe and GERD-free holiday season!

-The Neocate Team

 

*Reference: Nielsen RG et al. Severe gastroesophageal reflux disease and cow milk hypersensitivity in infants and children: Disease association and evaluation of a new challenge procedure. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2004; 39:383–391


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.

 


Nutricia Goes Teal for Halloween

Posted 10.27.15 | Nutrition Specialist


Last year, we were very excited to see how the Teal Pumpkin Project took off! This concept started in Tennessee with the local food allergy group, FACET, and is now led by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). This year, we've noticed even more news coverage and buzz around this great initiative. One of my neighbors even posted about her family's teal pumpkin, and encouraged the whole neighborhood to participate! This is great news for children with food allergies who just want to get in on the trick-or-treating fun. This year, Nutricia as a company is fully embracing the Teal Pumpkin Project!

Trick-or-Treat with a Cause!                         

This year, the Neocate team is encouraging our entire company to help raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters during Halloween by participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. You can learn more about the project and how you can get involved here.

Our company leadership was so excited by this great initiative that they offered to cover the cost of non-food treats for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Since our employees are scattered across the United States and Canada, we know that our company can help make a difference for hundreds of families in North America! To add some excitement, we're even offering a prize to the employee who has the most creative teal pumpkin. (Who doesn't love a contest?)

What allergy-friendly non-food items are you passing out for Halloween this year as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project?

-Rob

Image from FARE
The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).


Celebrating Halloween with Food Allergies: Tips, Resources, and Recipes!

Posted 10.26.15 | Mallory West

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Halloween can be extra “spooky” for parents of children with food allergies. For today’s post, I’ve collected some tips, resources, and recipes to help ensure that your family has a safe, happy, and allergy-friendly Halloween.

Tips & Resources:

  • Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) has developed an amazing Tips to Safely Celebrate Halloween with Food Allergies resouce which includes:
    • Halloween tips for at home: hosting a party, enlisting help of others, trading unsafe treats and ideas for a food-free Halloween
    • Halloween tips for at school: discussion with parents and teachers
    • Trick-or-treating checklist
    • Examples of non-food treats
    • Fun ways to celebrate
  • KFA's guide on how to read Halloween candy labels is also extremely thorough and helpful!

Join the Teal Pumpkin Project!

Food Allergy Reserach & Education (FARE) started a campaign to help raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all kids on Halloween. Included are helpful ideas for non-food treats! Join the Teal Pumpkin Project and help create a safer, happier Halloween for everyone!

Recipes*:

Have some tips, resources, or recipes of your own? Share them here or on our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/Neocate. We’d love to see some Halloween photos of your kids as well!

-Mallory

 

*Please keep in mind that these recipes are “allergy-friendly” and not necessarily “allergen-free”. Be sure to check the ingredients to ensure each recipe is appropriate for your child’s food allergies. If you are unsure, consult with your child’s health care professional.

Photo: Flickr user- http://www.flickr.com/photos/vdrg/


Common Signs of Cow Milk Allergy (Part 2 of 4)

Posted 10.15.15 | Nutrition Specialist

Cow milk allergy (CMA) can be difficult to understand. Children with CMA often experience multiple unpleasant symptoms. However, without fully understanding the reason behind these symptoms, it is hard to know how to manage them.  Being able to recognize the symptoms of cow milk allergy can lead to a faster diagnosis and, in turn, more potential solutions, which sometimes include an amino acid-based formula such as Neocate.

A few of the most common symptoms of cow milk allergies are listed in this short video. Although it does not talk about every possible symptom associated with CMA, the video lists eight of the most common symptoms.

As a follow up to our post on Tuesday about the common symptoms of cow milk allergy, today’s post focuses on two additional symptoms: skin rashes and extreme fussiness.

Skin Rashes

Skin rashes can be caused by a number of things, one of which is CMA. Babies with skin rashes related to cow milk allergies may itch and scratch nonstop, and experience extreme discomfort. This may be worse shortly after feedings. Rashes often appear on the face, but can appear anywhere on the body. Remember, it is important to check with your child’s physician if you suspect the rash to be related to cow milk allergy. For more information about skin rashes, read this post.

Extreme Fussiness

When your child is experiencing extreme fussiness, it is hard to pinpoint the reason behind it. However, if your infant is crying uncontrollably, it is possible that it could be due to CMA.

Typically, if your baby is crying for more than three hours a day for more than three days, over three weeks, then you should speak to your doctor. It is possible that your little one is experiencing gastrointestinal pain.  Extreme fussiness can also be associated with GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease), so be sure to keep this in mind when speaking to your child’s doctor about the possibility of CMA. For more information about GERD: http://bit.ly/1jApXUy.

Stay tuned for the next post in this series of common cow milk allergy signs and symptoms. 



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