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Neocate Junior with Prebiotics Now Available in Canada

Posted 4.13.11 | Sarah O'Brien

We’re excited to announce that those of you in Canada can now purchase our newest product — Neocate Junior with Prebiotics. As many as 55 percent of children don’t get enough fiber and if they are on a restricted diet, it can be even more difficult!

This is why we have added prebiotic fiber to our Neocate Junior formula. Why is prebiotic fiber important? Prebiotics promote digestive health by supporting healthy bacteria in the gut and inhibiting bad bacteria. Studies have shown that prebiotics can help decrease constipation, diarrhea, gas and vomiting.

If you want to learn more about how prebiotics work and the importance of fiber in your children’s diet, be sure to check out this blog entry.

- Sarah

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Nutricia Navigator Program Available in all 50 States!

Posted 3.8.11 | Sarah O'Brien

Please click here to reach a more recent post about the Nutricia Navigator Program, available to help families in all 50 states!


Feeding Tube Awareness Week: Allie's Story

Posted 2.9.11 | Guest Blogger

Today's post is a guest blog written by Jodi Berndt. In honor of Feeding Tube Awareness week, Jodi shares her daughter, Allie's story. We'd like to thank Jodi for taking the time to share her family's story with us and raise awareness about feeding tubes.

At this very moment, many parents are facing the reality that their child may need a feeding tube. How do these parents know if a feeding tube is right for their child? Most parents know very little about feeding tubes or what they have to offer.. Feeding Tube Awareness Week (February 6-12, 2011) is to help raise awareness of enteral feeding as a positive and often life-saving medical intervention for those who are unable to eat and drink enough to sustain life, grow and thrive.

This is Allie Berndt’s story. Allie is a 2 ½ year old little girl who weighs 24.6 pounds and is 33 inches long. Her feeding tube saves her life every single day!

Allie was born full term on April 30, 2008 weighing in at 5lbs 8 oz and 16.5 inches long. Shortly after birth, we noticed that Allie wasn’t drinking as much breast milk as a typical newborn, however we never imagined this was the beginning of her long medical mystery.

For 4 months, we tried breast milk and numerous formulas but Allie would not drink more than 2oz at a time. Her Pediatrician started tracking her weight, height and head circumference. Allie continued to fall off the growth chart. When we introduced solid foods at 6 months old, we knew immediately that something was wrong because Allie would never eat more than a quarter of a jar of baby food. We met with numerous local pediatricians and nobody could figure out why Allie wouldn’t eat. Our family pediatrician finally referred us to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) and we met with our first team of specialists when Allie was a year old.

At this point, no diagnosis and no progress had been made with her oral intake. Allie was shrinking by the day. The CHW feeding clinic evaluated Allie and immediately started running tests to figure out why she refused to eat. It was obvious that Allie had the ability to eat but she just was not interested in food.

We met with the CHW feeding team every other month for 8 months and at each appointment more tests were ran. All the tests were coming back normal so we were encouraged to enroll Allie in a 1 week outpatient intense feeding intervention and to start Allie on an appetite enhancer. We agreed, and in October of 2009 Allie started her feeding intervention and medication. Neither technique worked and Allie continued to avoid food at all costs.

Our little girl was slipping away from us. She was 20 months old and completely mute. She had gone from saying several words to not speaking at all. Her balance was awful due to major muscle deterioration. Allie’s brain had stopped developing properly and she was losing skills she had used weeks before. At this point the doctors had done nothing except mention that down the road Allie may require a feeding tube. We didn’t know anything about feeding tubes and what it could offer for Allie; however when our occupational therapist met us for the first time on December 8, 2009 and looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Allie looks awful. How come she doesn’t have a feeding tube for proper nutrition?” That’s the day I opened my eyes and decided I had to stand up for my little girl because nobody else was going to. We met with the CHW feeding team on December 9, 2009 and I spoke loud and clear stating we were not leaving this hospital until Allie had a feeding tube.

How do you know when the time is right for your child to receive a feeding tube? That is the million dollar question many parents are struggling to answer. Obviously every child is different so every parent has a different answer, however in our situation, I truly believe we and the CHW feeding team failed Allie because she should have had a feeding tube at least 8 months earlier. Allie’s brain didn’t have to start deteriorating; she didn’t have to lose her ability to speak or her ability to walk straight. If Allie would have had her feeding tube earlier in life, she probably wouldn’t have some of the struggles she has today.

In December 2010, Allie was diagnosed with a severe corn allergy (Type IV – delayed reaction) and gluten sensitivity. Due to her severe corn allergy, there are very few enteral feeding formulas out there that are safe for her.

She had a lot of vomiting problems before we found our best friend – Neocate Jr. Neocate Jr. has been all of the doctor’s and dietician’s #1 choice for Allie. We started Allie on Neocate Jr. and a blenderized diet and we saw an improvement within 5 days. She is handling her feeds much better than before and her vomiting has stopped. We are also seeing a big difference in her behavior. Since Neocate Jr. and our blenderized diet do not contain any corn protein or gluten, Allie’s chronic pain has diminished and she is feeling much better every day.

In addition to the Neocate Jr., Allie also consumes Neocate E028 Splash orally. E028 Splash is Allie’s first choice when it comes to an elemental formula. E028 Splash comes in different flavors and Allie enjoys picking out a different flavor every day. Looking back, there are two things I wish we would have been informed about when starting Allie’s medical journey:

  1. The feeding tube is not a bad thing! It has saved our child’s life and continues to save her every day. For many children, a feeding tube is temporary and sometimes is only needed for a short period of time. If your child is not consuming enough orally to gain or even maintain weight, I highly recommend you talk to your doctor about a feeding tube. My one regret is not being proactive and requesting a tube for Allie as soon we knew she wasn’t able or willing to consume enough calories to thrive on her own.
  2. I wish we would have put Allie on the Neocate formula and a blenderized diet sooner. Allie struggled for a long time with vomiting and tolerance issues. Neocate Jr., E028 Splash and a blenderized diet have worked wonderfully for our little girl and overall she is much happier. Allie is now growing and thriving like every little princess should. Thanks, Neocate for providing such wonderful products!

Allie’s refusal to eat remains a mystery but we are continuing to search for a diagnosis. Here is a video of our journey, which started on April 30, 2008.

During Feeding Tube Awareness Week, please take the time to share your story, or Allie’s, and help spread positive awareness of enteral feeding. Let’s inform everyone of this wonderful life-saving medical intervention that is helping so many children at this very moment. For more information on feeding tubes, please check out: www.feedingtubeawareness.com.

Thank you,

Jodi Berndt

Want to learn more about Feeding Tube Awareness Week? Check out this Feeding Tube Awareness Video!

Links:

Allie's Video

Feeding Tube Awareness Video


Neocate Chocolate Nutra Pudding

Posted 10.27.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

Looking for a yummy milk-free chocolate treat for your little one? This chocolate pudding recipe should hit the spot! Adding flavors like vanilla and cherry vanilla provide variety.

 

Neocate Junior Chocolate

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix until smooth, add water as necessary. Should be consistency of thin paste.Refrigerate 30-45 minutes.

Note: Add 1 dropper Wisdom Natural Sweetleaf Liquid Stevia Vanilla Creme (in health food aisle).

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

  • Calories 370
  • Protein 8g
  • Carbohydrates 50g
  • Fat 16g

Submitted by: Teresa Fristoe

To get more food allergy recipes, be sure to download our new Food Allergy Cookbook!


Banana Chocolate Shake

Posted 10.6.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

This refreshing shake is fun to make for an afternoon treat!

Ingredients:

  • 5 scoops of Neocate Junior, chocolate powder
  • 3 fl oz water or rice milk
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 ice cubes

Directions:

In a blender, combine water or rice milk, vanilla extract, and banana. Blend well. Pour contents into a separate shaker cup, add the Neocate powder and shake well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Nutrition Information Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 304
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Fat: 9g

Submitted by: Mallory West, Nutrition Specialist

To get more food allergy recipes, be sure to download our new Food Allergy Cookbook!

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Chocolaty Nutra Pudding

Posted 1.30.11 | Nutrition Specialist

This allergy-friendly treat is great for Valentine’s Day!

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix until smooth, add water as necessary. Should be consistency of thin paste.Refrigerate 30-45 minutes.

Yield: 1 serving

Contributed by: Teresa Fristoe

Tip: For variety you can add 1 dropper Wisdom Natural Sweetleaf Liquid Stevia Vanilla Creme (in health food aisle) or addscant 1/16th teaspoon of a Neocate Cherry Vanilla flavor packet.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

  • Calories 370
  • Protein 8g
  • Carbohydrates 50g
  • Fat 16g

To get more food allergy recipes, be sure to download our new Food Allergy Cookbook!


Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie

Posted 12.6.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

Chocolate Peppermint SmoothieYour little ones will love this festive smoothie this holiday season! It is free from the top 8 allergens.

  • 4 scoops of Neocate Junior, chocolate powder
  • 2 fl oz water
  • ¼ tsp Peppermint extract
  • 8 ice cubes

In a blender, combine the water, ice and peppermint extract. Blend well. Pour contents into a separate shaker cup. Add Neocate powder and shake well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Tip: Remember using the old-fashioned peppermint sticks as a straw? Try using it with this shake! Check ingredients because brands will vary. Alternatively, you could use candy-striped straws, which you can find at most party stores!

Nutrition Information:

Calories - 161 Protein - 5.25 g

Carbohydrate - 16.8 g

Fat - 7 g

To get more food allergy recipes, be sure to download our new Food Allergy Cookbook!


My Nothing-But-Neocate Diet

Posted 5.12.11 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


From time to time, clinicians and parents of children with allergies ask me if I’ve ever tried the Neocate formulas. We here at Nutricia have certainly tasted them all, but tasting and consuming are not the same. After lots of questions from parents about what their little one is feeling and whether or not it’s normal, and given my indiscriminate palate, I decided it was time to really give Neocate a try.

My plan? To go on a nothing-but-Neocate diet for two days. What, exactly, would be allowed? Neocate: specifically any of the Neocate products and a few allergen-free artificial flavors. I decided I could still have plain tea (lack of caffeine could be a real problem for me!). I also decided that, given my usual fiber intake from foods, I would also supplement my all-Neocate diet with prebiotic fiber.

Some folks might say that adding fiber is cheating. However, we already include fiber in Neocate Junior with Prebiotics. I took the guidance that I (as a Registered Dietitian) would give anyone: to avoid a sudden and drastic change in fiber intake, up or down. I was able to find a fiber supplement derived from inulin. Inulin is the plant source of the prebiotic fiber that’s included in Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, so this would be similar. And the use of other allergen-free artificial flavors? I figured that was okay too, because dietitians who work with children and adults with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) allow these when the patients follow an amino acid-based (or "elemental") diet.

What wasn’t allowed? Anything else! 

With these rules in mind, I used my approximate calorie needs to design a “meal plan” and dove right in.

Day 1 Menu

Day 1 Experience:

Day 1 started with Neocate Infant DHA/ARA. Does this taste like standard infant formula or milk? Nope. Because Neocate products have amino acids instead of whole protein, Neocate Infant DHA/ARA has a different taste and a thinner consistency (it's more watery). To me it has an herbal undertone, which isn’t so bad, and is something most infants either don’t notice or get used to after a day or two.

Smaller amounts were fine, but a full 350 calories of plain Neocate Infant DHA/ARA was a bit much, even for me! By my last “meal” of Neocate Infant DHA/ARA at lunch I decided to try adding some artficial lemon-lime flavor. So far, so good. I was surprised that I wasn’t ravenous later in the day – I had my doubts that an all-liquid diet would keep me satisfied, but it really did! I managed to go to bed without any food cravings that day. No stomachaches and nothing out of the ordinary. Day one, done!

Day 2 Menu:

  • Morning Snack: Neocate E028 Splash, Tropical Fruit
  • Breakfast: Neocate E028 Splash, Orange-Pineapple + Neocate Junior, Unflavored + artificial strawberry flavor ("Fruit Salad")
  • Lunch: Neocate Junior, Tropical
  • Dessert: Neocate Nutra + Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Unflavored + artificial cherry-vanilla flavor (“Chocolate-covered Cherry Pudding”)
  • Snack: Neocate E028 Splash, Tropical Fruit
  • Appetizer: Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Unflavored + artificial strawberry flavor
  • Dinner: Neocate E028 Splash, Orange-Pineapple + artificial strawberry flavor + Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Unflavored
  • Dessert: Neocate Nutra + Neocate Junior, Chocolate + artificial strawberry flavor (“Chocolate-covered Strawberry Pudding”)

Day 2 Experience:

Day 2 started with some definite hunger, but the morning snack took care of that. When I arrived at work I found a donut on my desk from a coworker – enter the cravings for solid food! It was definitely tough to avoid the snacks around the office that day, but I made it through. The toughest part was probably dinner time. I usually make dinner in our house, so cooking and not eating the food was difficult. (No french fries?!?)

By the end of the day all of the different flavors began to taste pretty similar to me, probably because I tried so many flavor mash-ups. I will say that I definitely found the Neocate E028 Splash an easy option. It seems silly, but it was so easy to grab a Splash instead of having to prepare a meal. I really see how convenient this can be for kids and families on the go, not to mention adults like me!

All things considered, the all-Neocate diet wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought, and in some ways it actually made life easier. (I'm terrible at meal-planning, which makes for some very last-minute dinners!) I really appreciated having all of the different flavor options and the ease of Splash in a ready-to-go format. That said, a third day might have gotten a little routine, so I have a lot of respect for the children and adults who have to stay on an amino acid-based diet for a long period of time. It has to be especially those who have had “real” food, know what it tastes like, and must give it up for a period of time.

And the question many parents would like to ask: How did I feel after two days of Neocate? Pretty normal, actually! There are rumors that amino acid-based diets cause constipation, but that's not true. My stomach felt a bit more “active” at times, but I never felt queasy, had diarrhea or constipation, or really felt any different than I usually do. I didn’t have any big swings in hunger or fullness, and it was nice not worrying about whether or not I was getting a balanced diet: Neocate took care of that for me. For parents of children who are going from a solid food diet to Neocate (such as those with EoE who are starting an elimination diet) you may want to check with your child’s healthcare team about using Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, which has fiber to help maintain gut health. 

Update, 2014: Neocate now offers Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, VanillaNeocate Junior with Prebiotics, Strawberry, and Neocate Splash, Unflavored! I look forward to trying this experience again soon with the full Neocate portfolio!

Feel free to share any questions you have about my experience! How about you, parents: have you ever tried a full serving of Neocate? If so, what did you think?

- Rob


Neocate Faces – Sean

Posted 6.19.11 | Nutrition Specialist

The first eight months of Sean’s life were grueling.  He experienced the discomfort and pain of vomiting up to three times a day, unable to tolerate his formula.  Six months of very little weight gain left Sean feeling weak, while his gastroesophageal reflux condition fuelled his asthma symptoms.

At nine months old Sean was diagnosed with failure to thrive; a description given to children whose current weight or rate of weight gain is significantly below that of other children of similar age and sex.

“We didn’t understand why he was vomiting so often and his lack of weight gain,” said Rebecca Sparks, Sean’s mother.  “It was heartbreaking on us as his parents to see him go through that all, we felt helpless.”

To combat Sean’s persistent vomiting, his parents tried Zantac and Prevacid, which seemed to soothe his symptoms for some time, but they ultimately returned.  

Since his symptoms kept reoccurring, Sean’s pediatrician referred his parents to a gastroenterologist, who tested for allergies, cystic fibrosis and eosinophilic esophagitis.  Sean tested negative, increasing his parents concerns.  With little options left, Sean’s doctors recommended a surgery, nissen fundoplication, which treats gastroesophageal reflux by stitching the upper part of the stomach around the lower end of the esophagus, reinforcing the closing function.

In an attempt to exhaust all other options, especially surgery, Rebecca turned to Neocate Junior.  After a month and a half, Sean only vomited a total of three times compared to three times a day prior to Neocate.

“I definitely wish we had switched to Neocate sooner,” says Rebecca.  “Sean is gaining weight and drinking more formula.  He was averaging 20 ounces per day and now he chows down 30!” 

Neocate has improved Sean’s life and offered him an alternative to surgery and for that his parents are grateful.

“Sean doesn’t have to experience the pain of vomiting so often and can tolerate all his formula,” says Rebecca.  “Sean has always tried to be a happy camper despite his symptoms, but with Neocate, he can be happy and healthy." 

If you want to share your before and after photos, we’d love to see them! Send us an email at FoodAllergyLiving@neocate.com

 

 

 

 

 

Sean After Neocate 


Is There a Fiber Supplement for Kids with Allergies?

Posted 8.11.11 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


Child Holding Empty GlassWe’ve written a few blogs in the past relating to fiber and prebiotics. One of them discussed what fiber is, and why it’s good for us and another touched on prebiotic fiber. In a previous blog that I wrote, I mentioned that I decided to supplement my all-Neocate diet with fiber. If you feel your child might benefit from a fiber supplement, we have some tips to help you choose the right one!


Know what your child needs

Before exploring the options, make sure to check with your child’s health care team to be sure that additional fiber is needed. As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, fiber can help to improve gut health. For many folks, adding fiber can mean being more “regular,” which would be a decrease in constipation, diarrhea, or both. Your child’s health care team will consider the symptoms your child has, his or her medical condition, the amount of fiber he or she is getting, and whether or not more fiber might be helpful. Nutricia already has the only amino acid-based formula with fiber (Neocate Junior with Prebiotics), which can help meet your little one’s fiber needs.


Know what’s available

Fiber comes in MANY different forms, and is found in a variety of foods. The best sources of dietary fiber are fruits, vegetables, beans (or “legumes”), nuts, and whole grains. However, many children on an elemental diet are limited in one or more of these food groups. They may be especially limited in processed foods, or foods that might include fiber but also have an allergen (such as whole grain bread, which can often have dairy or egg ingredients). Again, be sure to check with the health care team to see if the foods your child is eating meet his or her fiber needs.

While there is a lot of variety in the types of fiber in whole foods, the types of supplemental fiber tend to be an isolated single type of fiber. For instance, many fiber supplements are bran-based. They use the outer husk of a grain to provide both soluble and insoluble fiber. Since insoluble fiber tends to speed digestion along, it may not be the best choice.

Another common form of fiber supplement is an isolated fiber, either soluble or insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves easily, so it mixes well into Neocate Junior, E028 Splash, or Neocate Nutra. It can help slow movement through the gut, and can help add bulk to stool. This is the type of fiber we include in Neocate Junior with Prebiotics. Many of these isolated fiber supplements are inulin, which is derived from the root of the chicory plant, which poses low risk for most children with allergies.


Know what questions to ask

One of the best questions to ask is what the source of the fiber is. For children with a wheat allergy, a fiber source which is derived from wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oat might not be appropriate. For those, a parent should look for a “gluten-free” claim or contact the company for more information.

Some fiber supplements carry the label “non-allergenic” or “hypoallergenic.” It’s always best to contact the company and ask them exactly what they mean with these terms. Also be sure to ask what the source of the fiber is and whether or not the product poses any risks for your little one’s specific allergies or sensitivities.

If your child’s health care team recommends supplementing fiber, make sure to ask how much to add and how to start using it. It’s best to introduce more fiber to the diet slowly and increase it gradually instead of adding the full dose all at once. This gives the body time to adjust to the change. Fiber should also be spread out throughout the day.

Do you have questions about choosing the right fiber supplement?  Let us know in the “Comments” section below.

- Rob

 

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Sample Lunchbox Meals for Kids with Allergies

Posted 8.27.11 | Nutrition Specialist

As summer winds down and the school year approaches, parents of children with allergies might be wondering “What will my child eat for lunch?” If you have a child for whom school lunch is not an option, here are some ideas for balanced and nutritious meals that are free of the top eight allergens. They take some time to prepare, so you might consider serving them for dinner and sending leftovers for lunch the next day. If your child drinks our E028 Splash or Neocate Junior, you can use these menus to get ideas of items or dishes that can supplement their meal-time drink.

Monday
Black Bean and Rice Burrito Bowl
                with Guacamole
Hummus and Cilantro or White Bean Garlic Dip
                with Carrots and Celery
Vanilla (Coconut Milk) Pudding or Nutra Banana Maple Pudding
 

Tuesday
Turkey Chili
                with Rice Cheese
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Beans
Peach Slices
Cranberry Apple Cobbler or Banana Muffins
 

Wednesday
Grilled Chicken Breast
                with Mango Peach Salsa
Steamed Broccoli with Rice Cheese
Watermelon Cubes
Gelatin Dessert or Chocolaty Nutra Pudding
 

Thursday
Sautéed Sausage
                with Peppers and Onions
Oven Fries
                 with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Apple Sauce
Pineapple Rice Milk Smoothie or Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie
 

Friday
Veggies and Meat Pasta Sauce
                with Corn or Rice Pasta
Salad greens
                with Cucumbers and Dressing
Frozen Fruit Bar or Frozen Neocate Treats

 


All About Splash

Posted 9.1.11 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

Nutricia Neocate E028 Splash
If you’re used to preparing powdered Neocate formula, you might be wondering if there is an easier way. It’s tough enough getting yourself and/or your family dressed in the morning, much less having to measure out and prepare powdered formula for daycare or school or work. Fortunately another option is E028 Splash!


What is E028 Splash?

E028 Splash, or just “Splash” for short, is part of the Neocate line of hypoallergenic formulas. The “E028” is a unique product code that stuck! The "E" stood for "elemental" and the "28" represents the 28 essential vitamins and minerals added. Splash is technically a “medical food,” which falls somewhere in the middle of a food, a drug, and a supplement. Orange-Pineapple Splash has been available in the US since 1995, and in 2006 we introduced 2 new flavors: Tropical Fruit and Grape.

Splash, just like Neocate Junior, was designed for individuals over a year old and contains some of all of the nutrients growing bodies need, like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Splash is used by children, teens, and adults. Splash is unique because the protein source is free amino acids, which are safe for kids with food allergies and other medical needs that require an elemental diet. It’s also gluten-free and casein-free.


What makes Splash so great?

The number one reason families love Splash is because it’s so convenient. Splash is the only ready-to-feed, hypoallergenic, amino acid-based formula there is! It goes into a backpack, purse or briefcase just as easily as any other drink box. No more measuring powder, measuring water, and shaking! Not only is this convenient for daycare, day trips, work or school, but it also takes the guesswork out of the equation for babysitters, family, and other parents if you have a child on Neocate that visits on a play date.

Children love Splash for a number of reasons. Severe allergies may mean they need a special formula, but who says it has to LOOK like a special formula? Not us! Splash is packaged to look like other juice drinks, so allergic kids don’t have to feel “different” from everyone else. For some, the novelty of getting to drink their formula through a straw instead of from a cup can make a world of difference. And don’t tell your little one that we said this, but the drink box keeps the distinct smell of formula wrapped up. And to top it all off, Splash comes in 3 great flavors, which can help anyone stick to an elemental diet by adding variety.

Splash has been a blessing for so many families that it has even appeared in a few news stories: here’s a video of Splash helping Matthew Bernard!

- Rob


New Long-Term Study on Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Posted 10.6.11 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


We’re always keeping our eyes peeled and our ears tuned for new news on eosinophilic esophagitis (also EoE or EE). This matters to us because many children with EoE  use Neocate products, as part of their special, healthy diet.


The Study

Dr. Charles DeBrosse and Dr. James Franciosi at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where there is a Center for Eosinophilic Disorders, recently published a new research study about the long-term effects of EoE.  If you’re interested in reading the study here are links to the study abstract as well as a great summary.


The Results

The research team looked at over 100 patients with esophagitis; some had EoE, while others had chronic esophagitis, and compared them to patients who had no esophagitis. On average, this was about 15 years after the patients developed esophagitis. EoE research was in its early stages back then, and many patients went undiagnosed or were misdiagnosed. The participants answered questions about their symptoms and quality of life. The researchers then compared the results of each of the groups to see what differences really stood out.

Patients with EoE reported a lower quality of life and experienced more trouble swallowing and had food become stuck in their esophagus more often. Those patients with higher eosinophil counts in childhood had more trouble swallowing as adults. Also, patients with a diagnosed food allergy were more likely to have trouble swallowing and to have food become stuck in their esophagus.


The Bottom Line

As the researchers concluded, EoE “is associated with reduced quality of life and persistent symptoms 15 years after presentation.” They also noted that both increased eosinophil counts and the presence of food allergy in childhood increase the rate of trouble swallowing in young adulthood. It doesn’t sound very positive, but it’s what many of us expected: there is a strong link between food allergies and symptoms among patients with EoE, and high eosinophil levels can have a lasting impact.


What Can We Take Away from This?

Sure, the results and conclusion don’t sound great at first, but there are a few things to keep in mind. For one, a HUGE amount of research has been conducted on EoE in the last 15 years, and we’ve learned a lot! Patients who had EoE 15 years ago had a much different experience than patients with EoE today have. For instance, the way that EoE is diagnosed and treated has improved in that time. Also, many more of today’s health care teams can recognize, diagnose, and treat EoE, which is more widely known. And many teams also include allergy testing as part of the care process for EoE.

There are also options for managing EoE that are now in wide use. For instance, elimination diets and elemental diets (which we’ll blog about in a few weeks – stay tuned) have come a long way. Elemental diets (or amino acid-based formulas) can be especially helpful in getting EoE under control and are useful in diagnostic phases. These formulas can help improve trouble swallowing when EoE isn’t under control, which can mean better outcomes. They can also provide key nutrients when added to a very limited diet.

Children on elemental diets have lots of options these days in the Neocate family of products. We have Neocate Junior, which is available in several flavors. We also have E028 Splash, which not only comes in multiple flavors, but is also in drink box form, so it’s just as ready-to-go as your child! And for children who miss solid textures on an elemental diet, Neocate Nutra can provide a change of scenery, especially prepared in one of our recipes.


What did you learn from the new research that was published in June?

- Rob 


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Videos From Camp TAG

Posted 11.1.11 | Nutrition Specialist

  Back in August we attended Family Entertainment Day at Camp TAG, hosted by The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, in Sandy Spring, Maryland.

Camp TAG launched in summer 2011 and is a five day, half-day camp for children ages 3-12.  The camp provides a safe place for children with food allergies and their siblings, as well as an opportunity to meet other children who share the same conditions.

While we visited Camp TAG we were able to use our FlipCam to film attendees participating in camp activities, listening to Kyle Dine perform and taste testing our new Neocate® Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla.  We then created a video for our NeocateUS YouTube channel, so check it out and feel free to pass it along! 

Also, if you enjoy receiving information from Neocate via video please let us know by posting a comment on our YouTube channel.  We are continuing to work on more videos and we would love to hear from you!

So, what kind of other videos would you like to see on our channel?    

 

 

 


How to Reuse empty Neocate Cans

Posted 12.13.11 | Christine Graham-Garo

As we’ve mentioned before, here at Nutricia North America, we strive to take measures to reduce our impact on the Earth.  In our last blog we wrote on how Neocate cans are recyclable.  We highly encourage all Neocate (and Duocal) users to recycle those empty cans!

Also, as you may have heard, one rule of thumb when striving to be environmentally responsible is to reduce, reuse, recycle – in that order.  So, we wanted to share some ideas on ways to reuse your Neocate cans.

 

Art class*

Have your child and their friends create their own piece of work to hang in their room. Gather a bunch of art supplies and let them go at it, while being safe of course.

Musical Instruments – Drums or Maracas*

Save the plastic lid and grab a pair of sturdy sticks and start drumming away.  You can also make a maraca out of the Neocate cans by adding beans or pebbles for another sound effect. 

Pot for plants/flowers*

Decorate the outside of the can and safely poke a hole at the bottom of the can to allow for drainage.  Fill with potting soil and plant the seeds or repot another plant.

Storage*

Re-purpose them to store toys such as building blocks, marbles, or toy cars.  You can also reuse formula cans to keep your scrapbooking or craft items in place.  They make great storage containers for buttons, ribbons, safety pins, beads and/or other small items you have lying around.  You can even print out pictures of these items from the internet, and then use them to decorate.  It’s an easy way to decorate and label what is inside of the can.

Holiday Gift basket*  

Paint the outside of the can for the holiday season and fill with treats, holiday goodies or a personal gift for the receiver.  You can even attach a handle for easy carrying.

Piggy Banks*

Turn an empty Neocate formula can into a cute piggy bank for your child or even for yourself!  Paste pictures of your kids onto the outside, and then use a box cutter to create a rectangular shape size cutout in the plastic lid.

Collect old cooking oil or store dry foods*

You can reuse empty formula can for collecting unwanted oils from fry baskets.  Pour leftover oil into the can, and then freeze it to avoid spill or smells.  Toss when the can is full.

For a more Eco-friendly approach, place a sheet of wax paper in the empty can before you pour in the oil.  Simply pull and throw out the frozen stuff, and you can reuse the formula can again.

Another nifty idea to repurpose infant formula tins is to use them as storage containers to keep crackers, dried beans, pasta, rice, and other dry allergen friendly goods.  Decorate the outside label and label it with the new contents.

Do you have other ideas on ways to creatively reuse empty Neocate cans?  We would love to hear!

- Christine

*Be sure to clean the cans out thoroughly before reusing them.  We recommend doing this by leaving the can in soapy water for a few minutes.  Then, scrub the interior of the can being careful with any sharp edges and let it sit till 100% dry.  Also, being the interior liner of all Nutricia’s products are BPA free, you don’t have to worry about storing items in there for long periods.

 

 

 

 

 


Neocate Return Policy

Posted 12.15.11 | Mallory West

Sometimes we get questions about our return policy for Neocate.  We understand that sometimes your little one’s formula is changed (hopefully because they have outgrown their food allergies!) so we thought it might be helpful to outline our return policies in today’s post. 

To return product, you’ll need to call Customer Services at 1-800-365-7354 and obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization number, better known as an “RMA” number.  You’ll want to write the RMA number on the box prior to shipping it back to us so that we can process the return upon receiving it.  Please note that you are responsible for shipping and there is a 20% restocking fee for returns.  So, for example, if your original order was for $139, you would get reimbursed $111.20 for the return.  If you were sent the wrong product or sent product by error, you, of course, are not responsible for shipping and processing costs. 

As a safety precaution, we only sell Neocate in factory-sealed cases and therefore do not accept returns for product that has been removed from the case.  Once it is removed from the case, we no longer sell it to other customers.  We recognize that our return policies are stringent in comparison to other companies but because Neocate is often used for delicate babies with medical conditions of varying severity, we feel this conservative approach is appropriate.

If you are hesitant to purchase a case before you know if Neocate will work for your little one, we recommend that you try a sample first.  Samples are typically obtained through your child’s healthcare provider.  If the provider does not have any samples to offer, we are more than happy to send one.

To request a sample or arrange a return, please call Customer Services at 1-800-365-7354.  

We hope this helps you to understand our return policies. For more information, please visit our website.

 

 

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Festive Allergy-Friendly Holiday Recipes

Posted 12.22.11 | Nutrition Specialist

On behalf of all of us here at Nutricia North America the makers of Neocate, we want to wish you and your families a very happy, healthy holiday season!  We hope these festive allergy-friendly recipes brighten your holiday!

Milk-Free Hot Chocolate

Heat water on the stove or in the microwave. Remove from heat, allow to cool and add Neocate powder and sugar. Stir well. Top with marshmallows (check the label to be sure the brand is appropriate for your child’s dietary restrictions).

Calories: 170
Protein: 5.2g Fat: 7g
Carbohydrate: 22.5g
Calcium: 183mg
Vitamin D: 1.8mcg

 Gingerbread Cookies:

  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground ginger

Directions:

Over medium heat combine molasses, oil and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Set aside. Combine flour and other dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and add molasses, sugar and oil and pour into mixing bowl and then add egg and blend together to form a thick dough ball. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 1 hour (if dough is too dry, add drops of canola oil, if too sticky to roll out, add flour). Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide dough in half and roll out on floured surface. Use cookie cutters and place cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-14 minutes and let cool.

  • Calories190
  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrates 31g
  • Fat 7g

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Submitted by: Marie Bedard

Milk-free Peppermint Shake:

Add all ingredients except Neocate powder into the blender and mix until smooth. Next, add Neocate powder and mix on low setting until blended. Pour and serve. Makes 1-2 servings. If your child drinks smaller servings, pour half and store the remaining shake in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Tip:Remember using the Old-fashioned peppermint sticks as a straw? Try using it with this shake! Check ingredients because brands will vary. Alternatively, you could use candy-striped straws, which you can find at most party stores!

Calories: 409
Protein: 8g
Fat: 18g
Carbohydrate: 54g
Calcium: 295mg
Vitamin D: 206mcg

 

  


Even More Neocate Recycling

Posted 1.24.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


Over the past few weeks, we’ve provided you with tips for recycling or reusing your metal Neocate cans. But what about the accessories: the lids and the scoops?

Neocate Can Recycling
In our recent recycling blog, we mentioned that the lids from Neocate (and Duocal!) cans can be recycled. This might vary, though, based on where you live. To be sure you can recycle the lids, check with your local municipality or curbside recycling pickup company. The key thing to look for is whether they accept number 4 plastics – the lids we use on our cans are number 4. As more localities continue to accept a bigger variety of plastics, we hope many of our customers can recycle their Neocate lids! You may also be able to find a nearby drop-off location by using the search feature on Earth911 with the term “#4 Rigid Plastic” and your city or zip code.


But what about the scoops that come with our products? Great news: if your municipality or recycling pickup company takes number 5 plastics, you can recycle the scoops as well! Number 5 plastics are also used in yogurt cups, other food tubs, plastic flower pots, and disposable razors. Even better news: for those customers who live in an area where number 5 products are not collected from the community, you have another option with Preserve®’s Gimme 5 program. You may be able to locate a local drop-off site where number 5 plastics are collected for Preserve. If that doesn’t work, Preserve will even accept number 5 plastics by mail and turn them into consumer products. Now THAT’S recycling!

Do you have any crafty ideas for reusing or repurposing the lids or scoops from your Nutricia products?

- Rob


Allergy-Friendly Meal Series: Breakfast

Posted 2.9.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

 

Empty Breakfast PlateFor the next three weeks, we’ll be posting some allergy-friendly meal ideas, starting with breakfast. While it can be difficult to come up with meal ideas for standard diets or choosy children, a diet that has allergy restrictions is even tougher! Here are some breakfast ideas that might help you add variety. As always, check with your little one’s health care team to make sure they are appropriate.


Neocate-Only Breakfast Ideas

For children whose diets are strictly limited to amino acid-based formula, it’s helpful to have ideas that add variety. For instance, mixing some of the flavors and formats that Neocate offers can help fight the formula monotony. One of our favorite ideas for children over one year is mixing Neocate Nutra with Neocate Junior Tropical, Neocate Junior with Prebiotics Vanilla, or Neocate’s E028 Splash Grape. A ratio of about four scoops of Nutra powder to every one ounce of a prepared Neocate formula provides you with what we like to call “almost-yogurt.” You can of course adjust the ratio to your child’s tastes. For children older than six months but below one year, you might try mixing Neocate Nutra with a pasteurized fruit juice that they tolerate.


Top Eight Allergen-Free Breakfast Ideas

If your child is on an elimination diet for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) or is avoiding all of the eight major allergens, you can try mixing a Neocate product with pureed fruit. By mixing Neocate Junior with fruit you can come up with some great breakfast shakes and outstanding flavor combinations. Or by mixing Neocate Nutra with pureed fruit you can come up with a great alternative to oatmeal. If you want to serve it warm, we still recommend against using a microwave: start with warm juice instead to avoid the hot spots and lower nutrient levels microwaves can cause.


Less Restrictive Breakfast Ideas

For children who avoid dairy and only one or two other allergens, we have some great breakfast suggestions in our online Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook, a compilation of recipes submitted by families. Mallory posted her top 5 breakfast ideas from the cookbook, many of which use wheat, in a previous blog. One great thing about a lot of these recipes is that many can be made in a large batch, portioned, and frozen or refrigerated for later use. The Apple-Oat Muffins on page seven would definitely be in my top five! We’ve also had a few breakfast recipes appear in blog posts, such as Banana Bread Muffins.

If your family has a favorite “standard” breakfast recipe that involves milk but is otherwise allergy-friendly, you may be able to substitute Neocate formula for the milk. While this might change the final result a little bit and may require some experimenting, it will provide the high levels of most nutrients from Neocate that other milk substitutes (such as water or rice milk) can’t provide. Just be aware that the high heat from cooking will lower some of Neocate’s nutrient levels, especially some vitamins. Again, check all recipes to be sure that the ingredients are safe for your child and ensure that the health care team is on board.


What allergy-friendly breakfast ideas have helped your family in the morning?

Rob


Allergy-Friendly Meal Series: Lunch

Posted 2.16.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

Empty Lunchbox
The topic for today’s post in our allergy-friendly meal idea series is lunch! Just like with breakfast, a lot of the go-to lunch options for most children aren’t suitable for children on a diet that has allergy restrictions. Here are some lunch ideas that might help you add variety. As always, check with your little one’s health care team to make sure they are appropriate.
 

Neocate-Only Lunch Ideas

For children whose diets are strictly limited to amino acid-based formula, the same formula one lunch after another can become very routine. One great option Nutricia offers is the multiple flavors of Neocate’s E028 Splash. Many children find restrictive diets less of a struggle if they have a say in the flavor. On top of this, Splash is packaged in kid-friendly drink boxes so that nobody knows their drinking a special medical formula. Another option is to send your little one to school with a great Neocate-only pudding recipe such as Chocolaty Nutra Pudding. But why stop with chocolate pudding? Experiment with mixing the different flavors of Neocate Junior and Splash with Neocate Nutra to come up with different flavors. My favorites are Grape Splash with Junior Chocolate (“chocolate covered raisin”) and Tropical Fruit Splash with Junior Vanilla (“Dreamsicle”).
 

Top Eight Allergen-Free Lunch Ideas

If your child is on an elimination diet for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) or is avoiding all of the eight major allergens, you can offer some different food options along with one of the Neocate formulas. It may seem difficult at first, but you can still put together a lunch that looks pretty normal, even without the top 8 allergens. A few months ago we posted a week’s worth of ideas for allergen free lunches. Bear in mind that while most processed foods have ingredients derived from the top 8 allergens, dining on whole foods makes the top 8 much easier to avoid. You may even be able to find convenience foods in natural or organic food stores that are free of the top 8, such as soups or frozen items. Even though we first shared a lunch post from Allergy Moms in 2008, it’s still relevant and has some great ideas!


Less Restrictive Lunch Ideas

For children who avoid dairy and only one or two other allergens, we have some great lunch suggestions in our online Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook, a compilation of recipes submitted by families. Mallory posted her top five lunch ideas from the cookbook, many of which use wheat, in a previous blog. One great thing about a lot of these recipes is that many can be made in advance and frozen or refrigerated for later use. The Turkey Meatloaf on page twelve would definitely be in my top five! We’ve also had a few lunch recipes appear in blog posts, such as Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Chicken Pasta Salad.

As always, we recommend that you check any recipes on our websites or from other food allergy resources to be sure that the ingredients are safe for your child and ensure that the health care team is on board.

Do you have any allergy-friendly lunches that have helped you that you’d like to share with other families?

Rob


Allergy-Friendly Meal Series: Dinner

Posted 2.23.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

Waiter with trayToday’s post in our allergy-friendly meal idea series is the final topic: dinner! While breakfast and lunch may tend to be rushed or eaten out of the house, a lot of families still prefer to have dinner together at home. On top of this, the restrictions and rules that come with food allergies can make dining out very difficult.  Here are some dinner ideas that might help you add variety to the evening meal. As always, check with your little one’s health care team to make sure they are appropriate.
 

Neocate-Only Dinner Ideas

For children whose diets are strictly limited to amino acid-based formula, the same formula breakfast, lunch and dinner can be difficult for some children, especially older children. As we’ve mentioned in the previous two posts in this series, Nutricia offers multiple flavors in both Neocate Junior and Neocate’s E028 Splash. Many children have an easier time with restrictive diets when they have some input. Keeping a few flavors on hand can help kids to stay satisfied with an elemental diet. Try letting them chose their dinner flavor. Just like with breakfast and lunch, experiment with mixing different flavors of Neocate Junior and Splash with Neocate Nutra to come up with different flavors and textures. One of the easiest ways to offer variety is to use a blender. Mix one part Neocate formula with one part ice, blend well, pour into a fancy container or dish, add a straw or spoon, and enjoy! Neocate Junior Vanilla lends itself especially well to this shake format, and can be mixed with the other flavors or even with a fruit juice your child tolerates.
 

Top Eight Allergen-Free Dinner Ideas

If your child is on an elimination diet for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) or is avoiding all of the eight major allergens, you can offer some different food options along with one of the Neocate formulas. For younger toddlers, you can mix unflavored Neocate Junior with pureed foods that they tolerate. Vegetables and citrus flavors blend especially well with unflavored Neocate. If you’re putting together a full meal for the family, it may not be as difficult as you think to avoid the top 8 allergens and come up with something everyone can enjoy. You can easily build off of our ideas for allergen free lunches. Remember, while most processed foods have ingredients derived from the top 8 allergens, dining on whole foods makes the top 8 much easier to avoid. You may even be able to find family-sized convenience foods in natural or organic food stores that are free of the top 8, such as soups or frozen items.


Less Restrictive Dinner Ideas

For children who avoid dairy and only one or two other allergens, we have some great dinner suggestions in our online Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook, a compilation of recipes submitted by families. Mallory posted her top five dinner ideas from the cookbook, many of which use wheat, in a previous blog. One great thing about a lot of these recipes is that many can be made in advance and frozen or refrigerated for later use. If you decide to dine out, it’s a good idea to do some planning ahead with these tips we shared in a previous blog post.

As always, we recommend that you check any recipes on our websites or from other food allergy resources to be sure that the ingredients are safe for your child and ensure that the health care team is on board.

Do you have any allergy-friendly dinner ideas that have helped you that you’d like to share with other Neocate families?

Rob

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Vanilla Recipe Series: Lemon Vanilla Smoothie

Posted 3.7.12 | Nutrition Specialist

Ingredients:

Serving size: about 10 fl oz

Directions:

Add ingredients to blender and blend. Pour and serve.

Nutrition Information per serving:

Calories: 324 Pro: 5.6g CHO: 50.8g Fat: 10.6g Fiber: 0.9g

Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla is an aspartame-free, hypoallergenic and nutritionally complete medical food for children over the age of one.  And as a reminder, be sure to consult your healthcare professional to determine if this recipe, ingredients and consistencies are appropriate for your child.

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Vanilla Recipe Series: Vanilla Cinnamon Pudding

Posted 3.14.12 | Nutrition Specialist

Ingredients:

Directions:

Pour Neocate Nutra into bowl; add Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla and blend till evenly mixed.  Add cinnamon, mix and serve.

Serving size: about ½ cup

Nutrition Information per serving:

Calories 236 Pro: 5g CHO: 32g Fat: 9.6g Fiber: 0.7g

Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla is an aspartame-free, hypoallergenic and nutritionally complete medical food for children over the age of one.  And as a reminder, be sure to consult your healthcare professional to determine if this recipe, ingredients and consistencies are appropriate for your child.  


Vanilla Recipe Series: Vanilla Root Beer Float

Posted 3.21.12 | Nutrition Specialist

Ingredients:

Directions:

Add ingredients to blender and blend.  Pour and serve.

Serving size: about 12 fl oz

Nutrition Information per serving:

Calories: 205 Pro: 5.5g CHO: 29.5g Fat: 7.3g Fiber: 0.9g

Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla is an aspartame-free, hypoallergenic and nutritionally complete medical food for children over the age of one.  And as a reminder, be sure to consult your healthcare professional to determine if this recipe, ingredients and consistencies are appropriate for your child.

 


Artificial Sweeteners Explained

Posted 3.23.12 | Christine Graham-Garo


As some of you may know, we have recently launched our new and flavorful Neocate Junior product, Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla. One question we have heard from some families is about the use of artificial sweeteners in products. Some families have asked if our new Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla product has any aspartame. The answer to that is ‘no!’  Some families have noticed that some products and formulas on the market do use aspartame, and that some products even use multiple artificial sweeteners.

Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla only uses one type of artificial sweetener, sucralose (found in Splenda®), as well as natural table sugar. Artificial sweeteners are key in flavored amino acid-based formulas to provide a formula that tastes good without being laden with sugar to have that great taste.

There are a few artificial sweeteners on the market in the US that have been reviewed and accepted by the FDA. Here is a list of some of those artificial sweeteners:

Most of the flavored Neocate products use sucralose, which has a balanced sweetener profile and has become more popular in recent years. A few of the flavored Neocate products use acesulfame potassium, which works well with citrus flavors.

You may note that in Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla, sucralose is toward the end of the ingredients list, meaning a small amount is used in the product.

In developing the Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla, Nutricia North America was conscious to develop a balanced sweetness profile. Some of the sweetness comes from natural table sugar, which you can see in the ingredient list towards the top.

Have you tried Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla yet? How did you like the taste? We always enjoy hearing from you!

Christine

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http://www.cspinet.org/nah/05_04/sweet_nothings.pdf
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Neocate Product Series – Neocate Junior

Posted 4.17.12 | Nutrition Specialist


Today, as part of our Neocate Product Series, we will take a look at Neocate Junior.  As you saw in our previous product series posts, we will be taking a look at the product description, preparation instructions and the nutrient/ingredient profile.

Neocate Junior is a nutritionally complete, powdered amino acid-based medical food for children over the age of one. It is for the dietary management of cow milk allergy, multiple food allergies (MFA) and food-allergy-associated conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux (GER), eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), short bowel syndrome (SBS), malabsorption and other gastrointestinal disorders.

Additionally, to meet your child's taste preferences, Neocate Junior comes in three flavors: tropical, chocolate and unflavored.

How to prepare Neocate Junior

How much Neocate Junior you give your child should be determined by a healthcare professional and is dependent on the age, body weight, activity level and medical condition of the patient.

For oral feedings:

  1. Measure the required amount of warm or cool water into a container.
  2. Add the prescribed amount of Neocate Junior to the water.
  3. Cover and shake until the powder has dissolved.

Neocate Junior is best served chilled.  Once prepared, the formula should be stored in a refrigerator and kept no longer than 24 hours from the time of preparation. Shake or stir Neocate Junior immediately before use.

The recommended dilution is 30 kcal/fl oz (or 30 calories per fluid ounce). This can be achieved by mixing the following amounts of powder and water.  The scoop provided weighs 8.2 g.

Neocate Junior

Neocate Junior Powder

Amount of Water to Add

Final Volume

Unflavored

3 scoops or 24.6 g

3.5 fl oz

4 fl oz

6 scoops or 49.2 g

6.5 fl oz

8 fl oz

18 scoops or 147.6 g

20 fl oz

24 fl oz

Tropical and Chocolate

4 scoops or 32.8 g

4 fl oz

5 fl oz

7 scoops or 57.4 g

7 fl oz

8 fl oz

20 scoops or 164 g

20 fl oz

24 fl oz

 

Nutrient and Ingredients ProfileStore unopened cans at room temperature.  Once opened, reseal can and store in a cool, dry place (not in a refrigerator) and use within one month of opening.

Nutrients Per 100 kcal (100 calories)

Unflavored

Tropical and Chocolate

Calories

100

100

Protein Equivalent, g

3.3

3.5

Fat, g

5.0

4.7

Carbohydrate, g

10.4

11.0

Linoleic Acid

549

510

     

Vitamins

Vitamin A, IU (mcg RE)

200 (60.0)

200 (60.1)

Vitamin D3, IU (mcg)

79.5 (2.0)

79.8 (2.0)

Vitamin E, IU (mg a TE)

2.1 (1.4)

2.1 (1.4)

Vitamin K, mcg

4.0

4.3

Thiamine, mg

0.13

0.14

Riboflavin, mg

0.20

0.20

Vitamin B6, mg

0.10

0.11

Vitamin B12, mcg

0.40

0.40

Niacin, mg

0.90

0.95

Folic Acid, mcg

29.9

31.7

Pantothenic Acid, mg

0.40

0.42

Biotin, mcg

3.0

3.0

Vitamin C, mg

9.3

9.9

Choline, mg

29.9

31.7

Inositol, mg

22.0

23.3

     

Minerals

Calcium, mg

118

120

Phosphorus, mg

80.0

79.6

Magnesium, mg

16.0

17.0

Iron, mg

1.6

1.6

Zinc, mg

0.98

1.0

Manganese, mg

0.13

0.14

Copper, mcg

111

118

Iodine, mcg

17.8

18.9

Molybdenum, mcg

4.5

4.8

Chromium, mcg

3.8

4.0

Selenium, mcg

4.0

4.0

Sodium, mg

50.0

50.0

Potassium, mg

137

145

Chloride, mg

63.0

76.1

 

Ingredients:

Unflavored:
Corn Syrup Solids (52%), Refined Vegetable Oil (Palm Kernel and/or Coconut Oil (8%), Canola Oil (8%), High Oleic Safflower Oil (8%)), L-Arginine (2.4%), L-Glutamine (2.3%), L-Lysine L-Aspartate (2%), and less than 2% of each of the following: Tripotassium Citrate, Calcium Phosphate Dibasic, L-Leucine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Proline, Silicon Dioxide, L-Valine, Glycine, L-Isoleucine, N-Acetyl-L-Methionine, L-Threonine, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Chloride, L-Histidine, L-Serine, L-Alanine, Magnesium Acetate, Calcium Phosphate Tribasic, Choline Bitartrate, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono and Diglycerides, M-Inositol, L-Ascorbic Acid, L-Cystine, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Carnitine, Zinc Sulfate, DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Cupric Sulfate, Riboflavin, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Chromium Chloride, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Phylloquinone, D-Biotin, Vitamin D3, Cyanocobalamin.

Tropical Fruit Flavor:
Corn Syrup Solids (46%), Refined Vegetable Oil (Palm Kernel and/or Coconut Oil (7.4%), Canola Oil (6.8%), High Oleic Safflower Oil (6.8%)), Artificial Flavor (5.2%), Citric Acid (3.2%), L-Arginine (2.4%), L-Glutamine (2.2%), L-Lysine-L-Aspartate (2%), and less than 2% of the following: Tripotassium Citrate, Calcium Phosphate Dibasic, L-Leucine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Proline, Silicon Dioxide, L-Valine, Glycine, L-Isoleucine, N-Acetyl L-Methionine, L-Threonine, Sodium Chloride, L-Histidine, L-Serine, Mono and Diglycerides, L-Alanine, Magnesium Acetate, Calcium Phosphate Tribasic, Choline Bitartrate, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono and Diglycerides, M-Inositol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Artificial Sweetener: Acesulfame Potassium, L-Cystine, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Carnitine, Zinc Sulfate, DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Cupric Sulfate, Riboflavin,Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Chromium Chloride, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Phylloquinone, D-Biotin, Vitamin D3, Cyanocobalamin.

Chocolate:
Corn Syrup Solids (44%), Refined Vegetable Oil (Palm Kernel and/or Coconut Oil (7%), Canola Oil (6.5%), High Oleic Safflower Oil (6.5%)), Artificial Flavor (7.2%), Sugar (4.7%), L-Arginine (2.4%), L-Glutamine (2.3%), L-Lysine-L-Aspartate (2%), and less than 2% of the following: Tripotassium Citrate, Calcium Phosphate Dibasic, L-Leucine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Proline, Silicon Dioxide, L-Valine, Glycine, L-Isoleucine, N-Acetyl L-Methionine, L-Threonine, Sodium Chloride, L-Histidine, L-Serine, Mono and Diglycerides, L-Alanine, Magnesium Acetate, Calcium Phosphate Tribasic, Choline Bitartrate, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono and Diglycerides, M-Inositol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Artificial Sweetener: Sucralose, L-Cystine, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Carnitine, Zinc Sulfate, DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Cupric Sulfate, Riboflavin,Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Chromium Chloride, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Phylloquinone, D-Biotin, Vitamin D3, Cyanocobalamin.

 

 

 


Video: How Neocate Spent Summer Vacation

Posted 5.17.12 | Nutrition Specialist

Planning a summer vacation?  Taking Neocate with you?  We want to come along!  Mallory, one of our nutrition specialists created this great video explaining how you can share with us all the fun places Neocate visits this summer: 

To recap, while on vacation this summer take a picture of you and your Neocate can or Splash box while out having fun or at any landmarks your family visits.  Then, once you’ve taken your picture post it on our Facebook wall with a caption telling us where you are.  This way we’ll get to see all of the fun places Neocate visits this summer!

 So, where are you and Neocate spending summer vacation?  Let us know by posting a comment in the comment section!  

 


Reminder for Our Neocate Infant Original Families

Posted 5.22.12 | Nutrition Specialist

 

As you know, in 2008 we introduced Neocate Infant DHA & ARA.  DHA and ARA are two fatty acids naturally found in breast milk that have been shown to help promote brain and eye development.  The addition of DHA and ARA does not change the other properties of the formula (i.e. taste, texture, hypoallergenicity), but it does provide an extra boost to benefit your little one!  As a consequence, in October 2011, Nutricia North America announced and began the discontinuation of Neocate Infant original and over the past few months we’ve been proactively transitioning original formulation families toNeocate Infant DHA & ARA

We wanted to remind you of this and let you know that we have run through all of our stock of the Neocate Infant original.  We are no longer selling the Neocate Infant without DHA and ARA.

We encourage you to discuss alternative options such as, Neocate Infant DHA & ARAwith your child’s doctor or dietitian.  Or, if your child is over the age of 1 year, we have Neocate Junior Unflavored or Neocate Junior Unflavored with Prebiotic fiber.

If you have further questions or need assistance with transitioning, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-NEOCATE (Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. EST)and ask to speak with our nutrition specialists.

-Sarah


Countries Where Neocate is Available

Posted 6.8.12 | Christine Graham-Garo

As we’ve mentioned before, we often get asked about obtaining Neocate in other countries.  So, we thought it was important to address this topic again. 

Nutricia North America only ships to the US and Canada, however, Nutricia has offices and distributers all throughout the world!  To find out if Neocate is available in a particular country, visit Neocate’s list of global contacts for more information.

You can find contact information on each of the locations by clicking on the country within the drop box.  You may also contact Nutricia’s Head office at medicalnutrition@nutricia.com for general questions about obtaining Neocate in other countries.

We hope this is helpful in finding Neocate products outside North America.

- Christine


Can Neocate products be used by adults?

Posted 6.15.12 | Nutrition Specialist

Q: I see that Nutricia only has amino-acid based products that are designed for children.  Can the Neocate products be used by teenagers or even adults?

A: We get questions about using Neocate for older children, teenagers, and adults pretty often.  This is especially common when folks are diagnosed eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) beyond childhood and an elemental diet is recommended.  Here’s what you need to know:

Neocate’s RightAge approach

The Neocate products are all designed and tailored for specific age ranges.  This helps ensure that growing children who need elemental formula get the right nutrients at the right age, especially when formula is their only source of nutrition.  For instance, Neocate Infant and Neocate Junior products have different levels of vitamins and minerals to meet the different nutrition needs of infants versus toddlers and children.  With this in mind, there are two ways that Neocate products, primarily Neocate Junior and Neocate’s Splash, can be used beyond childhood.

Neocate products can be used for supplemental nutrition

For many people with severe food allergies or conditions like EoE, it can be difficult to get 100% of the essential nutrients from diet.  This is because many foods that have to be avoided are rich in important nutrients like protein, calcium, vitamin D, iron, essential fats, and more.  For many folks who avoid these foods, Neocate Junior is a source of those nutrients.  For instance, many of them consume it with their meals in place of cow’s milk to ensure a more balanced diet.  Neocate Junior and Splash are often used this way with elimination diets, such as the six-food elimination diet.  Neocate products can be useful as supplemental nutrition for folks of all ages.                                                    

Can Neocate products be used “sole-source” beyond childhood?

Using a product “sole source” means that a person gets all of his/her calories from that product.  The product should be “nutritionally complete,” meaning that it provides 100% or more of all vitamins and minerals.  Neocate Junior products are commonly used as the only source of nutrition in children over 1 year.  Neocate Junior was formulated to provide all of the essential vitamins and minerals children need.

Whether or not Neocate Junior can meet 100% of nutrition needs beyond childhood depends on a few factors.  Our nutrient needs change as we age, and are also different for women who are pregnant or nursing.  Also, everyone has different calorie needs, and the number of calories you consume of Neocate Junior determines the amount of each nutrient you get.  Therefore, it’s important to check with your health care team to see if Neocate Junior can meet 100% of your nutrition needs.  They will consider the nutrient levels in Neocate Junior, your calorie needs, and your specific nutrient needs to make their decision.  Some teenagers or adults, especially those with high calorie needs, might be able to use Neocate Junior as their sole source of nutrition to meet 100% of their needs.  Other folks might need to take a vitamin or mineral supplement along with Neocate Junior to meet 100% of their needs.

The good news is that amino acid-based formulas have come a long way in the past 20 years.  Neocate Junior now comes in versions with or without prebiotic fiber (to help promote gut health and regularity), as well as Unflavored, Vanilla, Chocolate, and Tropical flavors.  Neocate’s E028 Splash comes in drink boxes in three great flavors: perfect for busy teens and to add variety.  Neocate Nutra can be mixed with the other products to provide some texture to an otherwise liquid elemental diet.

What if I or my health care team have questions?

As always, families and health care providers are welcome to contact us with questions.  We are available through three routes:
-by email: we try to return emails within 1 business day
-by phone at 800.NEOCATE, option 2: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, EST, and
-by chat: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, EST



About Us

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.