Some babies need a concentrated formula to catch up with weight gain. However, there are some concerns when concentrating an infant formula so it should only be done when medically-necessary and under the supervision of a health care professional. A formula that is too concentrated can cause diarrhea. In addition, it’s important to monitor fluid intake when concentrating formulas. Too much protein and not enough water can be harmful to a baby’s kidneys.
One alternative to concentrating formula that your doctor might consider is adding Duocal to her diet. Duocal is high in calories and fat, but is protein-free, so it won’t have the same side effects of concentrating formula. Plus, it is safe for children with food allergies! However, Duocal should also only be used under medical supervision because you still need to consider fluid intake. If you think your baby needs a concentrated formula, talk with the health care provider to determine which method of concentrating would work best for your baby.
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