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Neocate Footsteps – Support Along Your Food Allergy Journey!

Posted 5.10.16 | Nutrition Specialist

When your child was diagnosed with a food allergy or related condition, you probably had loads of questions. Many questions are best answered by members of your healthcare team – they are the medical experts! But for everyday answers you can turn to our Neocate Footsteps program.

But what, exactly, is Neocate Footsteps?

First, Neocate already offers the broadest line of hypoallergenic products to safely nourish your child from birth through school age. But Neocate is about more than just nutrition. We’re also here to help support you in ways you might not expect.

Neocate Footsteps is our comprehensive program to support you with practical information and inspiration at every step of your food allergy journey. After speaking with families like yours, we wanted to provide a program that supports patients and their families through the various milestones of the food allergy journey. Whether you are new to food allergies and want an introduction to our products, need help with the lifestyle change, or are a trooper who is looking for new ideas to change your routine, we are here for you.

You’ve probably already seen some of the great resources we provide, but watch below all of the ways we hope to help families like yours.

 

 

As you can see, with Neocate Footsteps, we’re with you at every step of your food allergy journey.

Let us know in the comments section: Which of the many Neocate Footsteps resources have you found helpful?

-Yanit Belachew
  Associate Brand Manager, Neocate

Neocate is meant for use under medical supervision, so ask your child’s healthcare team about Neocate before use.


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.


6 Benefits of Food Tracking Diaries for Food Allergies

Posted 5.24.16 | Irina Kabigting

Mainstream media often covers the topic of food journaling or keeping a food diary to track what you eat. Usually that’s in the context of dieting, because this strategy can help us be more mindful of the foods we eat and can help in reducing the number of calories consumed. But have you ever thought about the benefits food journals can bring to families managing food allergies?

Today we will go over some of the benefits that can be gained by keeping a detailed food allergy journal.

What is a Food Allergy Journal?

A food allergy journal is a place where you record food intake for you and/or your child on a regular basis in a chronological order. This journal contains exactly what was eaten, when and where. The more detailed your records are, the easier it is for your healthcare team to spot potential allergy triggers and/or cross-reactions. (Unsure what cross-reactions are? Read Food Allergies and Cross-Reactivity – Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?) Don’t forget to include in your records ingredients of an item consumed, note brand names used and quantities eaten.

Additional items you can track in your journal:

  • Formula, breast milk and other liquids
  • Food preparation type - Homemade or pre-packaged? Raw or Cooked? Fried or Baked?
  • Medications/Vitamins taken
  • Symptoms observed - Severity, how soon after eating they showed up, what they looked like? What time of day/night did they show up? Start/stop time (when applicable). For example “Baby was gassy and fussy 30 minutes after drinking 4 oz of formula. This lasted for 2 hours after eating”.
  • Mental state - How did you/your child feel during the meal and after? Was your child more fussy than usual, or did she have trouble sleeping?
  • Environmental triggers - Did you eat at home or out at the restaurant? Did you visit anywhere that had animals? Was anyone wearing a lot of perfume? Were there freshly bought flowers or was a nearby window open?

Benefits of Food Allergy Journals:

While keeping very detailed records of everything eaten can take some time, it does come with benefits:

  1. No need to memorize everything you/your baby consumes. During your next doctor’s visit you can easily answer their diet-related questions
  2. Helps prepare you for the next office visit. Knowing exactly what was consumed can help spark questions you might have for your healthcare professional
  3. Can help identify trends/cross-reactions
  4. Can work as a playbook for your healthcare team when you come in with concerns. For example, do you have concerns about the number of diapers you are changing vs. how many you think you should be changing? Is your baby gaining enough/not enough weight?
  5. Can help guide potential tests/recommendations
  6. You can track symptom improvements over time after taking certain foods out of the diet

Automating Food Allergy Tracking

Food allergy tracking can be done with an old school paper and pen method or you can go the high tech route with spreadsheets or phone apps.

Did you know that using the new Neocate Footsteps app you can simplify the tracking process and even email your doctor all the information ahead of time?

There are many features the new app provides that can help you keep a detailed food allergy journal:

  • Track events and share reports with your healthcare team: Diaper changes, symptoms, sleep times, meals, bottles, mood, weight, height and head circumference. 

            

  • 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.

           

  • View easy-to-read charts that can help identify patterns in sleeping, eating, and allergic symptoms. 

           

  • Email Reports: You can even email these charts directly to your healthcare team ahead of time!

           

 

Learn more about the app.

Do you keep a food allergy diary? What tips would you share with other families?


Cow Milk Allergy – It’s More Than Just Blood in Stool

Posted 6.14.16 | Nutrition Specialist

According to Food Allergy Research & Education, Inc (FARE), approximately 2.5% of children younger than 3 years of age are allergic to cow milk. Most of these infants and children will outgrow their cow milk allergy, while some may not.

How Do I Know if My Child is Allergic to Cow Milk?

Blood in a child’s stool can be a sign of an allergy to cow milk, and it's one that you may have heard about, or that your healthcare team may have shared with you. But what are some other signs that your child might be allergic to cow milk?

The following infographic highlights eight common signs and symptoms of a cow milk allergy (CMA), while also providing tips on what parents should look for and next steps if children are exhibiting signs of CMA.

Difference Between Lactose Intolerance and Milk Allergy

Now that we've reviewed common CMA signs and symptoms, you might be wondering, What is the difference between CMA and lactose intolerance? The following video from Dr. Adam Fox helps to explain the difference:

Dr. Adam Fox

Common Signs and symptoms of a Cow Milk Allergy

These signs or symptoms may take anywhere from minutes to hours to days until they appear.

  • Skin Rash/Itchy Skin/Hives
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme fussiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive Gas
  • Wheezing, coughing or other respiratory symptoms

Now, let’s talk about each of these signs in further detail.

Skin Rash/Itchy Skin/Hives

There are many causes of rashes in infants and children. Some are viral, others are due to something in the environment, but some may be due to the food that your child is consuming if he or she has an allergy. If hives develop right after your child has consumed food, it may warrant further investigation into food allergies. The skin around the mouth may be especially itchy if your child has certain food allergies. Note where the rash is and if it seems to bother your child. Remember that old saying, “A picture is worth 1,000 words”. If a rash appears on your child, don’t forget to take a picture and show it to your doctor. If you would like to keep a diary of all the symptoms your child is exhibiting and what she consumed, make sure to check-out the Neocate Footsteps App.

Vomiting

Some babies spit-up after eating if they eat too much, too quickly or a combination of both. They may also vomit due to an illness. By keeping track of your child’s vomiting, it may help to determine if cow milk is the cause of her vomiting.

Extreme Fussiness

The definition of colic applies to healthy, well-fed infants who cry more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks. Even though these criteria exist, colic is not well defined. The crying and fussiness that we call colic could mean that they are experiencing extreme abdominal pain, and cow milk may be the cause. Investigate extreme fussiness with your pediatrician to determine if there is a change in your child’s diet that may help.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea (and other gastrointestinal symptoms) may be due to the foods your child eats or to an illness. It is important to note when the diarrhea starts and how long it lasts. If diarrhea continues more than 2-4 times per day for more than 5-7 days, it may be a sign of a cow milk allergy. It is also important to note if there is mucus and/or blood in the stool, as these can also indicate a cow milk allergy.

Excessive Gas

Babies can be gassy as their gastrointestinal tracts get used to foods they are consuming. If your child seems excessively gassy and it has a foul odor, it may be a sign of a cow milk allergy, especially when it is in combination with some of these other symptoms.

Wheezing, coughing or other respiratory symptoms

Respiratory symptoms may be a more serious sign of a cow milk allergy and should be taken seriously if you suspect your child has more than a cold. These include wheezing and coughing. If your child starts wheezing or has other respiratory problems after consuming cow milk-containing foods, seek medical attention. More severe than other respiratory symptoms is anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention.

It is best to talk with your healthcare provider if you suspect a food allergy, and keep track of the symptoms with a food diary to help determine what the food allergen may be. The Neocate® Footsteps App can help you keep track of some of these symptoms and allows you to take pictures, if need be, of any skin rashes or other reactions.

Management of a Cow Milk Allergy

If your child is allergic to cow milk, your doctor may recommend a hypoallergenic formula like Neocate to help meet your child’s nutritional needs. Neocate products are available for children of all ages for the dietary management of a cow milk allergy. Just like you'd expect, Neocate is dairy-free! Learn more about available Neocate products.

Can You Outgrow a Milk Allergy?

Most infants and children eventually outgrow a cow milk allergy. However there is no specific age by which this will happen. Each child is unique. Over the years, research has shown that most children will outgrow a cow milk allergy within a few years. For more severe cow milk allergies, research has shown it can take longer. For example, some researchers found that 80% of chidlren they followed with CMA outgrew their allergy by 16 years of age. Read more.

These are just some of the signs and symptoms of a cow milk allergy with a couple frequently asked questions we encounter. When it comes to cow milk allergy, what other questions do you have that we can address in our future posts?

-Ellen


How to Get Neocate Covered - Discover the Nutricia Navigator Difference

Posted 6.21.16 | Nutrition Specialist


The insurance landscape can be an intricate and confusing space. The bad news is that this landscape is getting more and more multifaceted. Unique sets of terms, changing legislature governing medical food, and new private and government-funded health insurance plans are just few of the elements that add to the complexity. The good news is that you don’t have to navigate world of healthcare coverage alone.

At Neocate we offer a free service created to help you find product access and coverage. This service is called Navigator and it helps you do just that, navigate. Nutricia Navigator provides resources and support to help answer your reimbursement questions. For example:

  • Do I have to pay for out-of-pocket costs?
  • My insurance denied product coverage, now what?
  • I am on WIC, is Neocate covered?

Our Navigator team works with Medicaid, WIC, self-funded plans, commercial insurance, & state mandates. Here's a quick video that provides an overview of the services the Navigator team provides:

Hear from Michael & Jennifer Derouen from Kingwood, TX on how Nutricia Navigator assisted them to obtain coverage for Neocate after they were initially denied coverage by their insurance company:

How can Navigator Help?

  • Contact your insurance plan to verify if you have coverage
  • Helps you understand where & how Nutricia products can be covered
  • Will assist in appealing denials for Nutricia product coverage through medical necessity support
  • Initiates joint calls between you, healthcare teams & insurance companies to guide you through difficult reimbursement processes

What Makes Nutricia Navigator Service Unique?

The Navigator team will go above and beyond to investigate all possible avenues to help you have the Nutricia product in-hand and make sure all questions have been answered. The Nutricia Navigator service is a piece of a comprehensive suite of tools and services Neocate offers as part of the Neocate Footsteps program. Learn More.

How to Contact Navigator

There are several ways you can contact our Navigator team, just choose the one that works best for you:

  • Email – Send an email to our team NutriciaNavigator@Nutricia.com
  • Call – Give a call at 1-800-365-7354 and select option 5 between 10 am – 5 pm ET, Monday- Friday (Se Habla Español)

Our goal is to help every family’s food allergy journey become as simple as possible. Even if, in the past, you have been denied coverage for Neocate by your insurance company, we encourage for you to double-check with our Navigator team to see if all possible options have been exhausted.

If our Navigator team has helped you, please share your experience with others below!


2016 Unique Summer Activities for the Family

Posted 7.1.16 | Nutrition Specialist

The end of school and start of summer vacation is here! Yippee and oh my! Right?

Summer is a great time for activities for the whole family. You probably already have one or several plans on your summer horizon, but are probably open to suggestions too. Great! Creative activities have my name all over them and I’m happy to share.

But wait- first of all, are you worried about taking on all this fun adventure and keeping track of food allergies? Never fear, Neocate is here with an abundance of resources and tools with your food allergy needs in mind.  For instance, have you seen our NEW Footsteps App? Consider it a go-to anywhere, anytime assistant. Seriously! You can reference a video all about it featured in this blog New Neocate Footsteps App – Support in YOUR Pocket.

One of the app features that is great for allergy kids on the go this summer, is the Allergy Card section. This feature can be used to organize important information about your child’s food allergy and can be taken along or shared with others. No need to memorize. You can even create multiple cards for caregivers, camp counselors, etc. These cards can be shared in multiple ways or simply printed and stashed in your backpack. Allergy cards provide a simple way to present information pertaining to your child’s condition(s), Neocate products used, medication(s), allergen(s) as well as doctor's information. It even includes an option for you to put additional notes, add recipes and links to favorite Neocate resources too. Pretty cool, huh?

Now are you ready for some summer family fun suggestions?  OK, here you go!

Happy 100th Birthday to our National Park Service

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial birthday on August 25, 2016 and EVERYONE is invited to share in the celebration. Check it out here.

There are some pretty awesome downloadable guides from the National Park download center, here are a few offerings:

  • National Park Owner’s Guide – Filled with detailed maps, travel tips for over 400 parks.
  • Parks are for Play – Meant for parents to help kids enjoy, explore, and have adventures together.
  • Happy Trails – Spanning all levels of expertise, this guide is meant to inspire park wanderlust.
  • Urban Playgrounds – A park list within or close to metropolitan areas for day trip experiences.

You may want to look at our previous post Food Allergy Free Holiday Activities for more on this topic. Sometimes outside fun can happen in your own backyard and we have fun ideas for this too.

Happy Birthday AMERICA!

July 4th will mark the 240th anniversary of when the original thirteen colonies declared their independence from Britain in 1776. Check out your local listing of 4th of July events such as parades and fireworks. Check out our previous posts on this too:

Rainy Day Blues?

No problem! If you’re looking for something relaxing, creative or active, our post Rain Day=Fun Day is full of great ideas.

Whatever you do and wherever you go this summer- ENJOY! And remember to take the Nutricia Footsteps app along with you.

-Jody L. Benitz, MS, RDN


NEW Neocate Footsteps Parent Guide – Download Yours Today!

Posted 7.8.16 | Neocate Admin

In May we introduced you to our Neocate Footsteps program which provides a comprehensive set of support tools for you along the food allergy journey. As part of the Footsteps program we are launching a Footsteps Parent Guide. This new guide gives you more detail on food allergies supported by Neocate as well as tips to help you overcome any bumps in the road.

Download the Footsteps Parent Guide Now

Here are some topic areas covered by the Footsteps Parent Guide:

  • Food Allergies Explained– Helps explain food allergies and the various conditions Neocate helps with
  • Insurance Reimbursement– Learn how our Navigator program can help you get insurance coverage for Neocate
  • Managing Food Allergies at Home– Tips and tricks for changing your routine at home as you adjust to a new lifestyle with food allergies
  • Stepping out with Food Allergies– Learn how to adjust your routine outside of home and protect your child with food allergies when they set into social situations

Neocate Footsteps is here to help and support you at every step of your food allergy journey. Make sure to download your copy of the Footsteps Parent Guide today and check out other components of the Footsteps program. 

Neocate Footsteps Program Components:

 

> Download the Footsteps Parent Guide Now

Have you tried any of the services listed above? Let us know your thoughts and share your experiences. We would love to hear back from you.

 


Meet Some Awesome Neocate Families!

Posted 7.12.16 | Nutrition Specialist

In March of this year we at Nutricia had the great privilege to meet with three wonderful families that are using various Neocate products to manage their cow milk and multiple food allergies. We were delighted to hear about their unique stories, about the ups and downs in their allergy journeys, both the tears and the laughter and ultimately about how all their experiences have made them stronger!

One topic we talked about with the families was the areas of support that they felt were the most important to them. They also told us how more information and more unique support could be made available for everyone that is dealing with a food allergy. But hear for yourself what they shared with us!

We would like to thank the families involved for their time, their energy and their wonderful stories. We will be posting more updates in the future. In the meantime, if you have a story that you would like to share about food allergy, cow milk allergy, Neocate or anything related you can get in touch with us by commenting below!

  


New Dairy-Free Recipe - Sweet Potato & Chicken Casserole

Posted 4.4.17 | Nutrition Specialist

When you or a loved one is on a severely restricted diet due to food allergies or related conditions, the diet can become very boring, very fast. Multiple flavors of Neocate helps in making meal time more fun and enjoyable. But even those can be routine sometimes. This is why we are excited to announce the release of new recipes this spring… Here is the first recipe for you to try and enjoy!

Sweet Potato & Chicken Casserole

Neocate Junior, unflavored is used in preparation of this recipe. Adding Neocate to food is easy, fast and safe. It can also help you or your child to tolerate other foods better. When cooking with Neocate, be sure to let very hot foods cool down a little before adding Neocate and not to reheat dishes prepared with Neocate.

What you need:

  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • ⅓ cup ground chicken
  • 3 Tbsp finely chopped or grated onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped or grated carrot
  • 1 small mushroom, finely chopped
  • 2 fl oz low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp dairy-free spread
  • 2 Tbsp preferred bread crumbs
  • 2 scoops Neocate Junior, Unflavored

Directions:

  • Place sweet potato in small saucepan with water to cover, bring to a boil. Simmer until soft.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil and brown the chicken, stirring occasionally and breaking apart.
  • Add the onions, carrots and mushrooms and cook for 5-10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened and starting to brown.
  • Add the stock and bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat. Cool slightly and stir in one scoop of Neocate Junior.
  • Pour the water off to drain the sweet potato in the saucepan.
  • Add the dairy-free spread and mash until smooth with a masher or fork.
  • Stir in the remaining scoop of Neocate Junior to the sweet potato.
  • Spoon the chicken mixture into a small ovenproof dish. Top with the mashed sweet potato.
  • Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and brown under the broiler.

But wait, there's more!

You might ask how soon you can access more recipes. Well, we’ve got you covered. We have just added 6 more new recipes to our Neocate Footsteps app.

Download the app today (available on iTunes Only)

Bon Appétit!



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Food Allergy Living is a resource for parents of children with food allergies, brought to you by Nutricia, the makers of Neocate. For more in-depth information about our purpose & authors, see our About Food Allergy Living page.