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What You Need to Know About Neocate Splash, Unflavored

Posted 7.22.14 | Nutrition Specialist

Last week we announced the launch of Neocate Splash, Unflavored and we hope that you are excited about the unveiling of this new product as we are. Our team understands that you and your families may have questions about Neocate Splash, Unflavored so, we wanted to give you a closer look at our newest product offering.

Here is what you need to know about Neocate Splash, Unflavored:

What is Neocate® Splash, Unflavored?
Neocate Splash, Unflavored is a hypoallergenic, amino acid-based, ready-to-drink product designed specifically to meet the nutritional needs of individuals over one year of age. It is unflavored with a mild taste and can be given in a tube feeding or consumed orally. Neocate Splash, Unflavored is gluten- and casein-free, has no soy oil, and provides 30 calories per fluid ounce. Neocate Splash, Unflavored is indicated for use in the dietary management of individuals with cow and soy milk allergy, multiple food protein intolerance, eosinophilic esophagitis, short bowel syndrome, and other conditions of gastrointestinal tract impairment and malabsorption requiring an elemental diet (e.g.gastroesophageal reflux, enterocolitis, and Crohn’s disease). Neocate Splash, Unflavored is intended for use under medical supervision. 

 
Why isn’t this product called E028 like the other Splash products?
Neocate Splash, Unflavored has a nutritional formulation that is based on Neocate® Junior, Unflavored and comes in different packaging from E028 Splash. With the launch of this new product we simplified the name.
 
I already use Neocate Junior for tube feeding– Can I use Neocate Splash, Unflavored too?
Ask your healthcare team for guidance. Neocate Splash, Unflavored is ideal for on-the-go tube feeds, as it does not require refrigeration (if unopened) or mixing. The drink box is easy to open and pour, which is great when you’re away from home. Neocate Splash, Unflavored can be used for tube feeds given by bolus, gravity, or with a pump and it has a mild, pleasant taste, which may be helpful for tube-fed individuals who experience reflux or who are ready to introduce
formula orally.
 
Those who already use Neocate Junior, Unflavored might also like to have Neocate Splash, Unflavored on hand for tube feeds away from home, when a ready-to-pour product would be more convenient.
 
How does Neocate Splash, Unflavored compare to Neocate Junior, Unflavored?
The nutritional profile of Neocate Splash, Unflavored is based on Neocate Junior, Unflavored – both are nutritionally complete. For most children, both will meet 100% of vitamin and mineral recommendations when consumed as a sole source of energy. For guidance on how much Neocate Splash, Unflavored your child needs to meet her/his nutritional goals, contact your healthcare team.
 
The amounts of carbohydrate, fat, amino acids, vitamins and minerals in Neocate Splash, Unflavored are very similar to those in Neocate Junior, Unflavored: most are identical or within 2%, caloriefor-calorie. The full nutritional profile is available on Neocate.com.
 
Is Neocate Splash, Unflavored nutritionally complete for adults?
Like Neocate Junior, it will meet 100% of most, if not all, vitamin and mineral recommendations for teenagers and adults, depending on energy needs. For guidance on how much Neocate Splash, Unflavored would meet nutritional goals, please contact your healthcare team.
 
What does Neocate Splash, Unflavored taste like?
Neocate Splash, Unflavored has a mild, pleasant taste. Many tasters are surprised that this is an unflavored amino acid-based product. It is slightly sweet compared to Neocate Junior, Unflavored, as some of the carbohydrate is sucrose. Some tasters describe it as having caramel flavor notes, and some perceive it as slightly creamy, though no ingredients used in the product are derived from dairy. No artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners are used.
 
How do I transition my child to Neocate Splash, Unflavored from another product?
When the transition to a new formula involves a change in flavor or nutritional differences, some parents and clinicians may prefer to transition over the course of a few days. You should contact your child’s pediatrician or healthcare provider to discuss this transition. We have provided helpful guidance for this on www.neocate.com/help-for-parents/guides/download-guides. As with all medical foods,Neocate Splash, Unflavored should be used under medical supervision.
 
Can I get a sample?
We can provide samples of this product to your healthcare team. It is available for purchase at Neocate.com, as well as also available through a variety of channels, such as a pharmacy or medical supplier. Contact your healthcare team for other options.
 
How does this product compare to E028 Splash?
E028 Splash and Neocate Splash are different products that have similar names. E028 Splash is commonly used as a nutritional supplement in food elimination diets. Neocate Splash, Unflavored has a nutritional profile based on Neocate Junior, Unflavored. This means it has higher levels of vitamins, minerals, protein and fat than E028 Splash, and a lower amount of carbohydrate and lower osmolality. The main sources of fat, carbohydrate, and amino acids are the same between all Splash products.
 
The packaging for Neocate Splash, Unflavored is a sleeker design with modern graphics. It has a peelable opening with an optional straw. Both products contain 8 fluid ounces of formula providing 237 calories, and come in a case of 27 drink boxes.
 
Are you making any changes to E028 Splash products?
At this time we have no plans to make any changes to any of the flavored E028 Splash products or packaging and they will remain available.
Neocate Splash, Unflavored is a new product - it is not replacing any other product.
 
What is the price of Neocate Splash, Unflavored? How does its cost compare to E028 Splash and Neocate Junior?
(As of July 2014) The online cost of Neocate Splash, Unflavored at Neocate.com is identical to E028 Splash – both are
$132 per case of 27 drink boxes. This is less than 2% more than Neocate Junior, Unflavored, caloriefor-calorie. We offer free ground shipping and a 5% discount for automatic reordering on Neocate.com.
 
What is the hang time for this product?
Hang time refers to the use of the product in tube feeding (“hang” because the feeding bag often hangs on an IV pole). This refers to the amount of time a formula can safely remain at room temperature once opened. We recommend a hang time for Neocate Splash, Unflavored not to exceed four hours. Clean handling techniques should be used in preparing tube feedings to help avoid contamination during preparation and delivery. Talk to your healthcare team about clean handling techniques and how Neocate Splash, Unflavored can be used in your tube feeding regimen.
 
If you have any further questions, or would like more information on Neocate Splash, Unflavored Our team of Nutrition Specialists is more than happy to help. Please contact them at 1-800-NEOCATE (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST).

New Product Announcement: Neocate Splash, Unflavored

Posted 7.15.14 | Nutrition Specialist

We are very excited to announce the launch of NEW Neocate Splash, Unflavored. This great new product is available in the United States starting July of 2014! Neocate Splash, Unflavored is a hypoallergenic, nutritionally complete, amino acid based, ready-to-feed formula for individuals over the age of one year. At Nutricia North America, we work hard to make sure that your child receives the best possible nutritional support. Towards this goal we introduce new products to provide your family with great options based on the latest medical and scientific knowledge.

This great new product is indicated for the dietary management of cow and soy milk allergy, multiple food protein intolerance, eosinophilic esophagitis, short bowel syndrome, malabsorption, and other medical conditions for which an amino acid-based diet is required. Neocate Splash, Unflavored is a NEW addition to our Neocate family of products. This great new ready-to-feed option is differentiated from our E028 Splash products, not only by its slightly different name, but also by its formulation and packaging, which incorporates age neutral graphics into a sleek drink box design. Neocate Splash, Unflavored has a unique nutrient profile, based on that of Neocate Junior, to provide complete nutritional support.

For customers who are currently using our flavored E028 Splash products, please be assured these products will remain available and unchanged. Here are several key features of the NEW Neocate Splash, Unflavored:

• Nutritionally complete
• For oral or tube feeding
• Peel away opening simplifies pouring, optional straw
• No mixing required
• No artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors
• Flexible, unflavored base
• Gluten- and casein-free
 
Nutricia remains committed to bringing you the best clinical nutrition products. For more information on Neocate Splash, Unflavored and our Neocate 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.
 
Sincerely,
The Neocate Team
 

How to Mix Neocate Nutra

Posted 7.10.14 | Nutrition Specialist

Rob is back with another mixing video tutorial. In the latest installation, he's showing us how to mix Neocate Nutra.

Click the image below to watch the easy-to-follow tutorial.

 

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How We Handled Outgrowing Allergies

Posted 7.8.14 | Nutrition Specialist

This is a guest post from Jamie Kabourek. Jamie Kabourek received her BS in Human Resources and Family Science at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and obtained her Masters in Human Nutrition from the University of Kansas Medical  Center. She has worked exclusively with the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP) which takes a comprehensive approach to provide the food industry with credible information, expert opinions, tools and services relating to  allergenic foods. For over 13 years she has been providing outreach and education to food industry manufacturers, health professionals and consumers. Over the last five years she has been co-manager of her middle son’s food allergies (IRONY) and is surrounded by her all-boy family: husband Chris, sons Aidan, Sam and Charlie and wonder dog Chipper.

Our son Sam has had food allergies since he was 15 months old. I say HAD because his last blood test found no specific IgE antibodies to egg or peanut. He also passed oral food challenges to both egg and peanut - Oh happy days!! But in reality, our family has another learning curve, albeit a much smaller one than complete allergen avoidance for the past 4½ years. Now we are realizing that we can have “brinner” (breakfast for dinner), real birthday cake, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and Chinese food!

I had to explain to Sam why he no longer needed to identify these foods as something harmful. I did my best kindergarten teaching and told him that his body decided that those foods are no longer a big deal… his immune system got tougher and stronger so that peanuts and eggs no longer make him sick. I told him that, although he had recently learned to spell egg, he no longer has to search for it in ingredient lists. Now a few months after his challenges we still discuss his food allergy resolution. I have tried to:

- Encourage Sam to ask questions.

                - Remind him that foods with his ex-allergens no longer make him sick.

- Explain that he no longer needs an Epi-Pen – it does not need to go places with us.

- Encourage trying new foods and restaurants, but without forcing foods with his ex-allergens. (Children that have a former food allergy may just not enjoy eating that food.)

                - Encourage Sam to play with food. Kids can help in the kitchen with reckless abandon!

As summer starts up I’m reflecting on the impact that food allergies had on our family and on Sam in particular. Food allergies taught us vigilance out of necessity, to be prepared, and ways to communicate with different types of people. I also realize that we can apply some of these lessons to other areas of life. I hope that having had a food allergy will help my son to be more empathetic and understanding to those perceived differently. I also hope he will be a friend to a child on the playground that someone else made fun of, or understand why a classmate who is allergic to peanuts has to sit at the peanut-free table at lunchtime, and that it’s not a big deal.

Perhaps someday I’ll stop scrutinizing each and every ingredient label at the grocery store. My husband won’t have to re-read the ingredient statement to make sure that something didn’t get overlooked in the harried trip to the grocery store between piano lessons and haircuts. My oldest son will not have to ask the neighbor if the ice cream sandwich she is giving the kids contains eggs or peanuts. Health history forms will need to be edited at the doctor and dentist’s offices, but finally my son will not have to be vigilant in his food allergy management heading into the first grade. Relief, freedom, opportunity – these are some of the things we are feeling. But I still feel the anxiety, fear, and nervousness that accompany a child with food allergies; it is lessening, but it’s still there.

-Jamie Kabourek, MS, RD

Nutricia North America does not own or promote Epi-Pen


Fourth of July BBQs + Food Allergies

Posted 7.2.14 | Rob McCandlish, RD


The 4th of July is just a few days away! Nothing is more American than a barbecue on the fourth. Whether you're planning to celebrate with a picnic at home with family, at a neighbor's house, or with a large group, it's important to take steps to protect little ones with food allergies. Here’s a collection of blogs that might help you as you prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July safely!


Planning to celebrate away from home or with others? Make sure to read up on our post on picnics, cookouts and trips to the beach. You can find some related tips in the post we shared for holiday parties and get-togethers if you’ll be visiting friends or relatives. These tips can be especially helpful if your little one is going to be out of your sight around tables full of potluck foods that could be allergenic.


Looking for some great “safe” recipe ideas? This past post for the Fourth includes recipes that follow the red, white and blue theme! Another idea if your little one has a limited diet would be to mix some pureed blueberries, strawberries, or another red or blue fruit with her/his Neocate formula or Neocate Nutra for a holiday-themed meal. And if you think there’s nothing more American than apple pie and ice cream before the fireworks, make sure everyone is included with this great recipe for dairy-free ice cream that includes Neocate Nutra and applesauce.


Whenever you’re travelling away from home for more than a day or two, it’s good to be prepared for any scenario. Revisit these tips on travelling with allergies and travelling with Neocate to make sure your checklist is complete.


What tips do you have to keep Independence Day worry-free?

- Rob

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Neocate Infant DHA/ARA Now Kosher

Posted 6.24.14 | Rob McCandlish, RD


For years families and clergy within the Jewish faith have contacted us with questions about whether or not Neocate products are kosher. We are happy to report that Neocate Infant DHA/ARA is now certified Kosher Pareve Non-Passover.  

Kosher
The term kosher indicates that a food is in accordance with Jewish dietary law, or the laws of kashrut. “Kashrut” refers the body of Jewish law that deals with which foods may or may not be consumed and how those foods are prepared and eaten. You can read more about kosher and Jewish dietary laws here.


KLBD and Neocate Infant
To obtain kosher certification we had an outside organization, the Kashrut Division of the London Beth Din (KLBD), assess Neocate Infant DHA/ARA. KLBD Kosher Certification is a leading global kosher certification agency that has been operating across six continents for more than a century. Their rabbis, food technologists and food chemists work as certification partners, along with representatives and agents in 60 countries worldwide. KLBD reviewed the ingredients in Neocate Infant DHA/ARA and our suppliers and sent an expert to inspect the entire manufacturing process in the United Kingdom, and gave their approval that Neocate Infant DHA/ARA is kosher. Cans of Neocate Infant DHA/ARA with the KLBD logo, certifying the product is kosher, have been available since early June.

To be a bit more specific, Neocate Infant DHA/ARA is certified Kosher Pareve non-Passover. “Pareve” means there is nothing derived from milk or meat used in the product or on the manufacturing equipment. Neocate Infant DHA/ARA is NOT manufactured on shared equipment; in fact it is the only amino acid-based infant formula in North America that’s made in a 100% dairy-free facility. Families that keep kosher can serve Neocate Infant DHA/ARA to their children regardless of whether they are having a dairy or meat meal. 

(Neocate Infant DHA/ARA has not been certified as acceptable for use during the Passover holiday, so it is non-Passover.  It is not unusual for a kosher food item to not have Kosher for Passover certification as well; many Kosher items are non-Passover.)

Other Neocate Products
At this time we have not received kosher certification for any other Neocate products. The other Neocate powdered products are all made with similar ingredients from the same suppliers and in the same facility, but we have not sought certification for them at this time.

We know that some of our customers will be happy to see the KLBD logo on Neocate Infant DHA/ARA. Are you one of those customers, and how important is this to you?

Rob

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How to Mix the New Neocate Infant

Posted 6.19.14 | Nutrition Specialist

In this latest mixing video our nutrition specialist, Rob, gives a tutorial on preparing the new Neocate Infant DHA/ARA. 

Click below to be directed to the full video.

 

 

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Preventing Summer Brain Drain for the Food Allergic

Posted 6.10.14 | Nutrition Specialist

Today's post is from Elizabeth Bostic of  Thriving with Allergies. Elizabeth is an art teacher and artist living in rural Iowa. She is a mother of two fantastic kids who happen to have food allergies, environmental allergies, and asthma. She draws inspiration from her everyday experiences, and learning to help her children thrive with allergies and asthma. You can find more of her blog posts and allergy related art work at www.thrivingwithallergies.blogspot.com

School is out, and summer break is here!  Time to relax, and enjoy the season.  Many parents of school aged children worry about learning loss during summer vacation.  If you are the parent of a seriously food allergic child than you may also be worried about your child’s learning loss in regards to school safety with food allergies. 

My seven year old daughter with multiple severe food allergies just finished first grade at our local elementary school.  She loves it, and while I may have a few more gray hairs now from the stress of sending a highly allergic child off to school, I appreciate all that she is learning academically and socially, and she is thriving in the school environment.  In preparation for school we practiced food allergy safety skills which helped to prepare both of us for her  first year of school.  With the help of the school staff, and wonderful nurse, she had a very successful kindergarten, and first grade year. 

Now that summer is here, I am encouraging her to keep up the good work, and keep her food allergy safety skills sharp and ready for second grade.  Like many families, our calendar is already filled with play-dates, pool parties, camping, birthday parties, family reunions, and holiday parties.  We will have plenty of great opportunities to practice her food allergy safety skills.  It turns out summer break is the perfect time to prepare for the fall and the first day of a new school year.  There will be no food allergy skills “brain drain” for our family this summer!

Our Food Allergy Brain Drain Prevention Check List:

  •  Hand-washing:  Washing hands with soap and water before and after eating. Hand sanitizer does not remove food proteins.
  • Safe Snacking:  Never assume a snack is safe.  Always bring own safe snack.  Always ask /call parent or caregiver before eating any snack or treat not from home. 
  • Food Label Reading:  Read every food label twice as  those tiny words  can be tricky. (We are having our seven year old learn to read labels , but she still needs help  for now).  Ask  a food allergy aware adult  to double check the ingredient list. (I have misread labels in the past).
  • Prepared Traveling:   Always traveling with safe snacks.  Pack a bag with snacks for every trip.
  • Safety Preparation:  We never leave home without my daughter's medicine bag which contains Epipens, Benadryl, and asthma inhaler.  We were recently told by our allergist that she can carry her own medications, so we will be practicing  this as well.
  • Declining Food:  Saying “No thank you” politely, but firmly. This can be tricky, but it is oh so important as this skill is needed quite frequently.  Learning that even authority figures can make mistakes can take practice. We role play which helps.
  • Emotional Well-being:  The school year was great but there were a few situations in which there were tears fromm feeling left out. Having a summer filled with social events is  the perfect time to work on this.  Not being able to eat the birthday  cake, or sitting out of an activity due to the use of food allergens sometimes weighs heavily on my daughter.  To help combat this I am focusing on making connections with other food allergic families , finding food allergic role models, celebrating her differences, and boosting her confidence.

If you are wondering where you can find a support group, confidence boosters, and role models for your family, Facebook is great start.  Kyle Dine has a fun page with food allergy music for kids, and there are many food allergy authors  like Michelle Nel author of “My Immune system Needs Glasses”, and many advocates too. 

For boosting confidence, and celebrating differences, I love a series of books called “The No Biggie Bunch”.  They illustrate ways to feel confident and prepared in social situations such as birthday parties, holidays, and play-dates.  They also have a great book called “The No Biggie Bunch: Everyday Cool with Food Allergies”.  It illustrates all of the safety preparation your child will need, and is great for both caregivers and children.

Here's to a safe, happy, relaxing, and “brain drain” free summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Neocate Strawberry Pudding

Posted 5.27.14 | Nutrition Specialist

It’s time to share a perfect spring/summer recipe that only uses Neocate Nutra and our new Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Strawberry. This is another great recipe for folks who have to follow a strict elemental diet, avoiding even foods that are less common allergens such as fruits and vegetables. 

As always, don’t forget about the other great resources we have for elimination diets that you can use when adding foods gradually back in to your die. For example, the Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook brings together ideas from many parents and families who manage allergies like experts. They’ve come up with great dishes that have helped many other families in their allergy journey! Other recipes can be found here.

Today’s recipe mirrors past recipes we shared, vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding and tropical pudding. All of these delicious recipes combine the flexible texture of Neocate Nutra with the great taste of flavored products in the Neocate family.


Neocate Strawberry Pudding

Ingredients:

·         8 scoops Neocate Nutra

·         3 scoops Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Strawberry

·         2-3 tablespoons cold water


Directions:

Add all ingredients to a bowl and blend well with a spoon or whisk. We suggest starting with 2 tablespoons water and adding more as needed to reach the desired consistency. The pudding can be consumed immediately or refrigerated. After about 1 hour in the refrigerator the consistency will be thicker. If refrigerated, consume within 24 hours, as with all Neocate products. Makes one suggested serving.

Nutrition Information per suggested serving:

  • Calories - 287
  • Protein – 6.7 g
  • Carbohydrates – 38 g
  • Fiber – 0.5 g
  • Fat – 12 g


Make it your own:

Because we don’t use artificial colors in Neocate products, the pudding will look like vanilla pudding. For added color and flavor, why not try adding sliced, diced or pureed fresh fruit that’s tolerated to this recipe? Or you might substitute a tolerated fruit juice for the water called for in the recipe.

If you try this recipe out or change it to your tastes, please let us know what you think!

Rob

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Summer Camp and Food Allergies

Posted 5.22.14 | Mallory West

It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is almost here! Sending your little one off to summer camp can be a bit more complicated when your child has food allergies. We’ve compiled some tips and resources to help you ensure that your little one has a fun and safe summer camp experience.

Has your child with food allergies gone to camp? If so, how was the experience? What advice would you give to other parents?

Happy camping!

-Mallory

 

Flickr Photo: Christiana Care Camp



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