Your Neocate Dirty Diaper Questions, Answered

Not a day goes by that we at Nutricia don’t get a dirty question from a new Neocate parent. I don’t mean explicit-dirty, but sort of, well, gross-dirty. People who’ve never been parents before would just not see questions this dirty coming. We’re talking questions that are diaper dirty.

If I haven’t lost you, you’re probably here for a reason – you have a Neocate dirty diaper question or two of your own. Have no fear, because we’ve heard them all before, and we’ve got answers for you! Call diaper contents what you want – poop, bowel movements, poo, stool – we’ve heard those terms and more. Some parents are too polite to use any of these terms and they dance around them. I’ve outgrown my politeness, but I prefer to stick with “stool.”

In this post I’ll walk you through some of the most common questions related to what can happen in your little one’s diapers, and spell out the answers. I’ll also give you the reasons you see what you see, because parents like you ask why.

What if I don’t answer your question? Just leave it in the comments section below the post and we’ll either point you to another post that should help, or we’ll get you an answer! Remember: we’re Neocate experts, but we can’t give medical advice and we can’t answer questions about your little one’s medical care. Those questions are best answered by your healthcare team.

Now let’s get you some answers!

What stool consistency should I expect with Neocate?

This question usually comes from a parent whose little one has already started Neocate, and who’s already gotten through their first Neocate diaper change and saw something they didn’t expect. You might not like this answer, but it varies, and every little one’s experience with Neocate is unique. With that said:

  • Pasty: we hear this consistency from a lot parents. Like peanut butter. More below. (Hope I didn’t ruin PB&Js for you…)
  • Loose and watery: Some parents see stool like this, especially during the adjustment to Neocate. But this often changes over time.
  • Formed: It is less common to see solid stool, but it’s not unheard of.

Why pasty?

The common pasty consistency of stool with Neocate Infant DHA/ARA has to do with the fact that its protein is so broken down and simple to absorb, combined with digestible carbohydrates that don’t have fiber. That’s the case for all amino acid-based infant formulas.

If you have a little one that’s only taking formula, you might notice that the stool consistency changes when you start to add solid foods into her diet. That’s pretty typical.

Does Neocate cause diarrhea?

The simple answer here is no. That was easy! But it’s not the whole picture: some infants can have looser stools as they adjust to Neocate. As with any amino acid-based formula, the science of how the body digests and absorbs Neocate is different than with formulas that aren’t so specialized. That can mean a difference in stool consistency, and looser stools for the first few days.

You may just need to give it time. Many healthcare professionals suggest that it can take about 2 weeks to adjust to a new formula, find your “new normal,” and see most of the benefits of a hypoallergenic formula, like Neocate, in the case of food allergies.

Does Neocate cause constipation?

The basic answer here is also no. But, you guessed it, there’s more to it than that! While Neocate doesn’t cause constipation, a lot of parents call us concerned that they haven’t seen a bowel movement in a day or two since starting Neocate. That’s not unusual for infants on amino acid-based infant formulas.

The frequency of stools on Neocate Infant DHA/ARA often has to do with the fact that its protein is so broken down and simple to absorb, combined with digestible carbohydrates that don’t have fiber. With amino acid-based infant formulas, I like to say there’s just less leftover to come out the other end, resulting in a lot of diapers that are wet, but not dirty.

Some parents tell us that their little one seems to be straining, trying to have a bowel movement. That can happen sometimes with formula, but it could also be unrelated to the formula. If your little one looks uncomfortable it’s best to check with her healthcare team. They may have some guidance for you to help calm her.

How many diapers should I be changing a day? 

The answer to this question is related to the question above about constipation. First, you’re still going to have to change diapers that are wet with no bowel movement. Many, if not most, parents say that when their little one switches to Neocate Infant DHA/ARA, they change a lot fewer dirty diapers, and most diapers they change are just wet from urine. (Sorry, but we can’t make the urine go away!)

We often hear that a dirty diaper shows up every day or two, but it varies. Changing so few dirty diapers a day can seem surprising, especially if you had been changing dirty diapers almost hourly before starting Neocate. Remember, with amino acid-based infant formulas like Neocate Infant DHA/ARA, there’s just less leftover to come out the other end. That means many diapers can be wet, but not dirty.

If your little one hasn’t started solids yet, you might notice him start to have more dirty diapers when you start to add solid foods into his diet.

That’s it!

Just kidding. I’d love to say that these are all the questions we get about Neocate and diapers, but we’ve only scratched the surface – we could write loads on this topic! Here are posts with answers to other questions that might be on your mind.

  1. What color are stools on amino acid-based formulas like Neocate?
  2. Should I expect my baby to have more gas on Neocate?

I hope we’ve covered your question and that you found the answers you were looking for. You can always call our team of Nutrition Specialists at 800.NEOCATE if you’re just dying to talk about Neocate diapers.

But if you don’t find your answer there, please submit your question below. That way other parents who are just as curious can see the answer! Tell us, what else do you want to know about Neocate dirty diapers?


Wondering where I came up with these answers? From 5+ years of talking to parents like you, from talking to healthcare professionals, and from my background as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

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Published: 03/03/2016
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