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Neocate Nutra

Nutra Banana Maple Pudding

Posted 12.22.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

Need a quick afternoon snack or dessert for your little one? Here's a super quick pudding!

Ingredients:

  • 4 scoops Neocate Nutra
  • 1 fl oz water
  • 1/4 medium banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Directions:

Mix Neocate Nutra with water. Add banana and maple syrup. Stir and serve.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories 130
  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrates 24g
  • Fat 3.5g

Makes 15 servings

Submitted by: Katherine M. Hull

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

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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!


Tips for Allergy-Friendly Play Dates

Posted 8.3.10 | Christine Graham-Garo


I have many fond memories of play dates with my friends as a young child. But as a child with Type 1 Diabetes, my mother had to be prepared when dropping me off at a friend’s house to play. Before the playtime fun could begin, she would always have informative discussions with the family to ensure they were comfortable and understood my condition.

First, my mom had to make sure that my friends’ parents understood what I could or couldn’t eat - in those days, sweets of any kind were a big no-no for Type 1 diabetics. My mom also had to educate the family on what to do if I became hypoglycemic, a scenario that could quickly become serious if not managed quickly.

Play dates are also often a challenge for families of children with food allergies and related conditions. Today we are going to share some of our favorite tips to help parents and caregivers with food allergy kiddos plan an allergy-safe play date. Keep in mind these tips can be used for both older and younger children.

  1. Make play date cards. A play date card is a card you give to the adult in charge of a play date with important information. There are tons of choices of templates for play date cards on the market.

    For children with allergies or related conditions, the play date card will be a lot like one you might give to a babysitter or the staff at a restaurant - an allergy card. Here's one mom's blog in which she shares ideas for allergy play date cards. These cards are ideal for documenting your child's dietary and medical needs. We really think the host will appreciate this!
     
  2. Bring your own snacks (for the whole gang). Create your own allergen-free snacks so that your little one and their play date guests can all enjoy snack time together. Here you can find some allergen safe recipes to look through. Or a quick online search will come up with many options from experience allergy parents, too! We think the host will also really appreciate this. They have enough to do watching multiple children, much less come up with a snack that works for everyone!
     
  3. Create a caregiver book. Prepare a three-ring binder with all of your child's food allergy and medical information. Having this information all in one place will make it easy to find in an emergency.You should consider including:
    • a list of food allergens and ingredients to avoid
    • a list of contacts in case of an emergency
    • instructions for your child's epinephrine auto-injector
    • medication schedules
    • allergy-friendly recipes, etc.
  4. Consider inviting parents, too. For very young children who aren't used to being away from mom or dad, and even for older kids making their first visit to another family’s home, consider making play dates a family affair. Invite the other parent (or caregiver) to join you for coffee and chat while the kids play.

    Many kids need to work up to the "drop-off" play date, and many parents are wary of leaving their children in the home of someone they don't know very well. Having a parents-too play date the first time will give you time to speak with the other parent, get to know them better, and educate them on your little ones’ food allergies and related conditions.

Communication is the most important part in ensuring that your child’s play dates are both safe and fun. The best thing to do may be to ask the host in advance 'What do you need from me?'

What do you do to prepare for your child’s play dates? What tips can you share with other parents?

- Christine

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6 Tips: Food Allergies & Introducing Solid Foods Into Your Baby’s Diet

Posted 12.15.09 | Sarah O'Brien


The first few years of a baby’s life are filled with so many exciting little milestones. Lifting her head, smiling, sitting, and crawling! One of the biggest milestones, of course, is introducing your child to solid foods. Some parents find introducing solid foods to be an exciting step forward, where others feel a little sad because it’s a reminder that their little one is growing up (don’t worry, she’s probably not ready for college quite yet!). But all in all, solids aren't too much of a big deal.

However, solids aren't easy for everyone. When you have a little guy or gal with a food allergy, like a cow milk allergy, this transition can cause a lot of angst. “How do I avoid an allergic reaction?” and "What foods should I start with?" come up early in the process. Then “How do I make sure my baby’s getting enough to eat?" and "How can I be sure she's getting the proper nutrition?” are also questions parents ask us a lot. 

With so many questions and concerns, some parents in your shoes wonder if they should take the risk of introducing solid foods at all! Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Solid foods actually provide a benefit in helping your little one to start developing the motor skills needed for chewing, biting (food, not people!) and swallowing. The motor skills she develops related to solid foods can also help with speech development. So how can you safely begin introducing solid foods to your baby?

We're going to walk through 6 important things that can be helpful when introducing solid foods. But first, discuss introducing solids with her healthcare team! They are the experts, they're familiar with your little one's medical care, and they can provide you with the best guidance.

1. Wait until your baby is at least 4 months old, and ideally closer to six months old, to introduce solid foods.

The major goal is to give your baby solids when she has the right skills for swallowing. Advice varies, so rely on your healthcare team to help guide you on what signs to look for to tell when she’s ready to start solid foods.

2. Ask your healthcare team when to introduce common food allergens.

You want your little one's first experiences with solid foods to be positive! You might be tempted to avoid common food allergens out of fear that your little one might be allergic to them. However, it's important to let your baby's healthcare team help you decide which foods to start first. Your baby's healthcare team has experience working with families in similar situations, and can guide you based on their wisdom. 

In the past, we used to think that it was best to wait until the first birthday or even later to introduce common food allergens (like peanut, wheat, and soy). However, some of the latest research suggests that it's best to introduce those foods around the same time that you introduce other foods that are not common allergens. Doing so may actually DECREASE the risk of developing food allergies to those foods. So if your little one only has an allergy to cow milk, ask the healthcare team when they recommend you should introduce other common allergens.

Beyond when to introduce common allergens, what foods should you start first? Even for healthy (non-allergic) infants, there is no one go-to, best "first" solid food. Nobody can say with any certainty what food is "best" for your child - certainly not us! Some healthcare professionals suggest cereals first, others suggest meats, and some suggest fruits and/or vegetables. Ask your - you guessed it - healthcare team what they suggest!

3. Wait a day or two after introducing one new food before adding another new food.

This is to ensure your baby does not show signs of an allergic reaction to the new food, because some food allergy reactions can be delayed. That means that a reaction takes several hours or even several days to show up. This is certainly different from the typical "immediate" allergic reaction a lot of us think of.

By waiting a few days, you ensure that any suspected allergic symptoms can be clearly linked with the newest food. If you introduce 3 new foods in one day, and then see a potential symptom that night, who's to know which food(s) might have been the problem food?

4. Give your baby time to adjust to each new change.

Think about it, your baby has been taking the same nutrition the same way several times a day, every day, for her whole life! It's important to allow her time to get used to new experiences.

What do we mean by "new things?" Well, your baby will need time to get used to new tastes, new textures, as well as feeding from a spoon. A lot of parents become frustrated when their baby makes a funny face or pushes the spoon away. That's perfectly normal! Research shows this is normal, we didn't just make it up! (Thank you, scientists!) Keep at it if your baby isn't a big fan the first time she tries a new food - it can take up to 15 to 20 tries for her to become a fan.

5. Introduce new textures in stages. 

For most infants, it's best to start "simple" and advance to more "complex" textures. Again, check with her healthcare team for their guidance, especially if your baby has any feeding or swallowing disorders or has ever worked with a Speech and Language Pathologist or Feeding Specialist. In general, here are the stages that most babies follow for new textures, from simple to complex:

  • Stage 1: thin and smooth
  • Stage 2: lumps and chunks
  • Stage 3: finger foods

6. As your baby gets older, solid foods will meet more and more of her nutritional needs.

Eventually, most children will get all nutrition from "normal" foods and beverages - formulas are typically phased out of the diet. While formula like Neocate might be the sole source of your baby's nutrition, eventually it will be a supplement to solid foods, and eventually she'll be able to stop using formula.

Talk to her healthcare team about how much formula she needs, and what foods will help most to meet her nutritional needs. For babies with a cow milk allergy who aren't breast feeding, the consensus guidelines are that they should keep taking formula until 2 years of age. This helps to meet her needs for important nutrients like protein, calcium, and vitamin D which would otherwise come from milk.

If you are nervous about allergic reactions as you plan to introduce new solid foods, consider discussing  Neocate Nutra with your little one's healthcare team. Neocate Nutra is a hypoallergenic, amino acid-based semi-solid food that is intended for children over six months old. The texture when mixed with water is similar to pudding or infant cereal, so it's perfect for spoon-feeding. Prepared Neocate Nutra can be eaten by itself or you can mix it with other foods (one of our favorites is mixed with apple sauce!).

We've walked you through 6 tips that can help as you plan to start introducing solid foods. Remember: check with your healthcare team! We hope these are helpful.

What tips do you have for transitioning to solids that you want to share with other families? Let us know what you think below!

-Sarah O'Brien
-Rob McCandlish, RDN

How do we have so much information to share? Sarah is the mom of 2 children who each had a need for Neocate in infancy, and Rob is a registered dietitian nutritionist who has a nephew who needed Neocate for a cow milk allergy. And we both have YEARS of experience following food allergy research, working with Neocate products, and talking with parents like you!

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After School Special: Milk-Free Shakes

Posted 9.17.09 | Mallory West

With the school year back in full swing, we wanted to share with you a tasty, healthy and safe after-school snack. This “Milk-Free Shake” is made with Neocate Nutra, a hypoallergenic, amino acid-based semi-solid medical food that is a good source of calcium and Vitamin D. You can also vary the recipe by substituting other tolerated fruits for the banana in this shake. Enjoy!

Milk-Free Banana Shake

8 scoops (37 g) Neocate Nutra powder

2 fl oz water

½ cup banana, sliced

2 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into container and enjoy.

Yields 1 serving.

Calories 240
Protein 4 g
Carbohydrate 42 g
Fat 7 g
Calcium 254 mg
Vitamin D 2mcg

For other snack ideas, check out the Neocate Nutra Recipe Guide.

-Mallory

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A Summer Treat: Dairy Free Ice Cream

Posted 8.26.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

With the heat and humidity reaching their peaks this month, we wanted to share with you a recipe for dairy-free ice cream that is both nutritious and delicious for your little ones.

Nutra Apple Milk-Free Ice Cream

Ingredients:

8 scoops (37 g) Neocate Nutra powder
3 Tbsp applesauce, unsweetened
2 fl oz water ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp sugar (optional)

Blend ingredients. Place in a container and freeze for approximately 3 hours. Serve and enjoy.

Yields one serving.

Nutritional Information:

Calories - 200
Protein - 3 g
Carbohydrate - 32 g
Fat - 7 g Calcium - 257 mg
Vitamin D - 2 mcg

For some other ideas, including a recipe for mashed potatoes and applesauce oatmeal, check out Neocate’s Nutra Recipe Guide.

Remember, only use recipes that have ingredients that are easily tolerated by your baby or child.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you use? We encourage you to share it with us. And let us know what you think of the Nutra Apple Milk-Free Ice Cream recipe above.

-Christine


Neocate Nutra – The First Hypoallergenic Semi-Solid Medical Food

Posted 6.9.09 | Sarah O'Brien

I’m excited to let everyone know about a new product Neocate just launched called Neocate Nutra – the first hypoallergenic semi-solid medical food for children and infants over 6 months of age. The product is great as a snack for a toddler with cow’s milk allergy and also for transitioning infants onto solid foods.

To learn more about the product check out the product description on the Neocate Web site. Do you think this is a product that will be useful for children with milk allergies? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Let us know by commenting on the blog, or join the discussion on Facebook by visiting Neocate’s Fan Page.

- Sarah


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!


Nutra Butternut Squash Soup

Posted 10.2.10 | Mallory West

Warm up with this delicious fall soup!

Directions for cooking:

- Mix chicken broth (or water) and squash into medium saucepan & bring to rolling boil.

- Reduce heat & add seasonings, salt & pepper & simmer for about 10 minutes covered.

- After simmer, remove from heat & allow to cool for 5 minutes.

- Add Neocate Nutra to mixture 1 Tbsp at a time to prevent clumping.

Important Preparation Notes:

*Do not directly heat the Neocate Nutra; add Nutra to the soup AFTER it has been removed from heat. *Small amounts of hot water can be added to the soup to adjust the temperature and/or consistency.

Nutrition Information:

Calories - 210 Protein - 7 g

Carbohydrate - 31 g

Fat - 4 g

Calcium - 265 mg (53% daily value for kids 1-3, 33% daily value for kids 4-8)


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

 


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

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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


Video: How to Mix Neocate Nutra

Posted 2.21.12 | Nutrition Specialist

Many Moms and Dads come to us with questions about how to properly mix Neocate products.  This is why in addition to the preparation instructions on our website, our nutrition specialists have created videos explaining how to properly mix Neocate products for our blog and NeocateUS YouTube channel

We are excited to share with you our most recent mixing video for Neocate Nutra.     

Neocate Nutra is the first hypoallergenic semi-solid medical food for children and infants over 6 months of age.  The product is great as a snack for a toddler with cow’s milk allergy and also for transitioning infants onto solid foods. 

 Neocate Nutra is not meant to be a replacement for any type of Neocate formula, because it is not formulated to be nutritionally complete.  But, it is a great way to supplement your child’s diet with some extra calories, vitamin D and calcium!  

We hear from a lot of parents who give it as a snack, or mix it with other safe foods like pudding or mashed potatoes.  For even more ideas, we have a Nutra recipe guide with a collection of tasty recipes on the website.  

Have you tried Nutra?  Do you find this video helpful? What other mixing videos would you like to see? Let us know by posting a comment in the comment section!    


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

[Image source: http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/bafoodist/2009/03/5-tips-for-handling-a-bad-wait.html] 


Nutra Vanilla Cinnamon Patties

Posted 3.28.12 | Nutrition Specialist

Ingredients:

Directions:

Add Neocate Nutra powder to a bowl. Add 2 fl oz of Neocate Jr, Vanilla. Blend till evenly distributed. Add cinnamon and stir. Using a small spoon, place 5 cookie sized dollops onto a flat plate or tray. Place tray in freezer for over 3 hours. Use spatula to remove patties from tray. Serve right away as they may defrost quickly.

*Leave out the cinnamon if desired for a different taste experience.

Serving size: makes about 6 patties

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.

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Solid Foods and Picky Eating?

Posted 3.29.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

 

Picky eaterWe get questions related to starting solid foods from parents pretty often, and have blogged on topics such as how to start and some specific tips for infants with allergies. Most questions about starting solids are best answered by your little one’s health care team, since there isn’t always consensus in the medical community. Today we want to share an interesting study that was published recently in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that may be helpful.


The Article and the Study

The title of the article is “Associations of Infant Feeding Practices and Picky Eating Behaviors of Preschool Children.” We can simplify it to “how feeding infants might add to picky eating later on.” The authors looked into the way that feeding patterns in infancy, when eating patterns start to develop, affect picky eating behavior later in life. We know that every child will exhibit picky eating at some point; what we don’t know is how picky they will be and how long it will last. We don’t know any parent who wouldn’t do whatever they could to lower the risk of picky eating!

The authors of the study looked at data from 129 mothers of preschool children. The focus was on how early the moms started solid foods. They compared this with how willing the children were later in life to try new foods and how much variety their diets had.


The Results

The authors found that children in the study who were exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life were less likely to be picky about how their food was prepared, less likely to reject food, and less likely to be afraid of new foods. By waiting until 6 months to introduce solid foods, their children were less likely to be picky eaters later in childhood.


What the Results Mean

While it’s tempting to take the results of this study at face value, waiting until 6 months to introduce solids will not guarantee no picky eating. For starters, the authors admit that picky eating is hard to define, and each parent sees picky eating differently. This study also relied on parents’ memories about feeding their infants, and the small study group may not represent the whole population.

What we should take away from this study is that infant feeding practices, particularly the age when solids are started, can have an impact on picky eating behavior later in childhood. This study presents evidence that waiting until 6 months may be a good start, and that further studies could be useful. Introducing solids at 6 months is in line with the recommendations of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For infants with documented allergy or risk of allergy, an expert panel has also suggested that it’s best to wait until 6 months to introduce solids. This is part of the reasoning behind why we suggest waiting until 6 months to introduce Neocate Nutra, the only hypoallergenic, amino acid-based semi-solid designed specifically for infants and children with allergies.

Would you change the age that you introduce solids based on the results of this study?

- Rob

[Image Source– http://www.babybites.info/2012/03/08/forgo-the-food-fight/]

 

 


Neocate Product Series - Neocate Nutra

Posted 4.10.12 | Christine Graham-Garo


In the next part of our Neocate Product Series, we will take a look at Neocate Nutra.  As in previous product series post, we will take a look at the description of the product, preparation instructions as well as the nutrient and ingredient profile.

Neocate Nutra is a one-of-a-kind hypoallergenic, elemental semi-solid food for infants and children over 6 months of age. It is for the dietary management of multiple food protein intolerance (MFPI) and food-allergy-associated conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux (GER), eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), short bowel syndrome (SBS), malabsorption and other GI disorders.


As seen on the Neocate Nutra label, Neocate Nutra is:

·         Hypoallergenic – based on 100% non-allergenic amino acids

·         High in Calcium, and a good source of vitamin D and iron

·         Milk protein- and gluten-free

·         Free from artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives


How to prepare Neocate Nutra

Click here to find watch our video on how to mix Neocate Nutra.

Click here for recipes using Neocate Nutra

· Fill the scoop provided with Neocate Nutra and level off with a clean, dry, flat utensil. Do not press the powder into the scoop. Only use the scoop provided in the can

· Add the recommended number of scoops** of Neocate Nutra into a clean bowl.

· Gradually add the required amount of water while stirring with a clean spoon. Mix until thickened and evenly blended. To alter the consistency, add more or less water as needed.


** The suggested serving size for children (1yr +) is 8 scoops + 2 fl oz of water.  For infants (6-12 months) use 4 scoops + 1 fl oz of water. Your healthcare team can provide a recommended serving size and number of servings per day.


Neocate Nutra should be prepared immediately prior to feeding. Any prepared product remaining should be discarded if not used within 1 hour. Neocate Nutra can be added to cooked dishes. Do not add to very hot foods. Store unopened cans in a cool dry place. Once opened, reseal can. Store in a cool dry place and use within one month.

 

Nutrient and Ingredients profile

Nutrients

Per 100 g

Per Serving
(37 g powder)

Calories

472

175

Protein Equivalent, g

8.2

3.0

Fat, g

18.8

7.0

Carbohydrate, g

67.4

24.9

Linoleic Acid, mg

3222

1192

 

 

Vitamins

   

Vitamin A, IU (mcg R. E.)

649 (195)

240 (72.2)

Vitamin D3, IU (mcg)

172 (4.3)

63.6 (1.6)

Vitamin E, IU (mg a T. E.)

3.4 (2.3)

1.3 (0.84)

Vitamin K, mcg

18.5

6.8

Thiamine, mcg

318

118

Riboflavin, mcg

250

92.5

Vitamin B6, mcg

250

92.5

Vitamin B12, mcg

0.60

0.22

Niacin, mcg

1100

407

Folic Acid, mcg

27.5

10.2

Pantothenic Acid, mcg

1400

518

Biotin, mcg

9.1

3.4

Vitamin C, mg

23.0

8.5

Choline, mg

45.0

16.7

Inositol, mg

49.0

18.1

 

Minerals

   

Calcium, mg

668

247

Phosphorus, mg

340

126

Magnesium, mg

21.0

7.8

Iron, mg

5.9

2.2

Zinc, mg

4.1

1.5

Manganese, mcg

310

115

Copper, mcg

310

115

Iodine, mcg

41.4

15.3

Molybdenum, mcg

8.8

3.3

Chromium, mcg

10.0

3.7

Selenium, mcg

11.3

4.2

Sodium, mg

38.0

14.1

Potassium, mg

< 20

< 10

Chloride, mg

44.0

16.3

 

Ingredients:

Corn Syrup Solids (42%), Rice Starch (19%), Refined Vegetable Oil (18%) (Non-Hydrogenated Coconut (6%), High Oleic Sunflower (6%), Canola (3%), Sunflower (3%)), Sugar (9%), Calcium Phosphate Tribasic (2%), contains 2% or less than each of the following: L-Arginine L-Aspartate, L-Leucine, L-Lysine Acetate, CAEM (An Emulsifier), L-Glutamine, L-Proline, L-Valine, Glycine, L-Isoleucine, L-Threonine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Tyrosine, L-Serine, L-Histidine, L-Alanine, L-Cystine, L-Tryptophan, L-Methionine, Choline Bitartrate, Magnesium L-Aspartate, Magnesium Acetate, M-Inositol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Ferrous Sulfate, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, L-Carnitine, DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Cupric Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Acetate, Potassium Iodide, Chromium Chloride, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Sodium Molybdate, Phylloquinone, D-Biotin, Vitamin D3, Cyanocobalamin.


*Important: Neocate Nutra is intended as a supplement to the diet. Neocate Nutra is not nutritionally complete and should not be used as a sole source of nutrition. Neocate Nutra is not for bottle or tube feed use.


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


Neocate-Only Recipe Series: Vanilla Pudding

Posted 7.10.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

 

More and more, we’ve been hearing from parents of children and teenagers with EoE who need a strict elemental diet. Often, these folks aren’t even allowed simple foods that other Neocate kids and teens might enjoy, like fruits, vegetables, or grains. While Neocate offers lots of different flavors, children who go from a solid food diet to a strict amino acid-based diet often crave more than just formula. To help them out, we’ll be posting some clever recipes that only use Neocate products this summer.

This week’s pudding recipe is similar to a chocolate version developed by Neocate parent Teresa Fristoe for the Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook. We really like that the recipe combines the flexible texture of Neocate Nutra with the great taste of the newest member of the Neocate family, Neocate Junior with Prebiotics Vanilla.
 

Neocate Vanilla Pudding

Ingredients:

 
Directions:

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

Nutrition Information per serving:

  • Calories - 310
  • Protein - 7.35 g
  • Carbohydrates - 40.7g
  • Fat - 13.0g


If you try this recipe out, please let us know what you think!

Rob

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Neocate-Only Recipe Series: Chocolate-Raisin Taffy Treats

Posted 7.24.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


Moving right ahead in our summer series of recipes that only use Neocate products, today’s recipe offers some fun variety, in both flavor AND texture!  Plus it mimics a piece of coastal summer nostalgia for family members with allergies.

This recipe combines the great tastes of Neocate Junior Chocolate and Neocate’s E028 Splash Grape to mimic a familiar favorite: chocolate-covered raisins!  We take the flavor combination one step further by mixing the two with Neocate Nutra to make an edible treat that doesn’t require a straw, a cup, or a spoon.  It’s perfect for summer, since the texture is similar to saltwater taffy!

As always, make sure your little one’s healthcare team is on board with this recipe if she/he has an especially sensitive tummy or any difficulty with textures.  The team may suggest offering water along with the treats.  Also, we typically don’t recommend freezing Neocate products, especially for those on a strict elemental diet who need the full nutrient profile, because some vitamins don’t survive freezing well.  However, your little one’s healthcare team may be comfortable with this as an occasional frozen treat.

Neocate Chocolate-Raisin Taffy Treats

Ingredients:


Directions:

Add Neocate Junior Chocolate and Neocate Nutra powders to a small, shallow, sturdy bowl.  Add Neocate’s E028 Splash Grape and mix well with a small, sturdy fork; this will take several minutes.  Do not be tempted to add more liquid; the mixture will eventually form a very thick dough. Cover and refrigerate mixture until well-chilled, at least one hour. Working with clean hands, quickly roll small shapes of the mixture to resemble marbles and transfer to a sheet of wax paper spaced at least two inches apart; treats will flatten and spread on their own. If treats touch they may stick together. We suggest freezing the treats for the most taffy-like texture, but this is optional. Cover and keep cold until ready to serve and enjoy out of the fridge as the treats soften quickly.

Consume refrigerated treats within 24 hours, or frozen treats within 7 days.

Makes two suggested servings.


Nutrition Information per suggested serving:

  • Calories - 172
  • Protein -  4.0 g
  • Carbohydrates – 22.4 g
  • Fat – 7.2 g


If you try this recipe out, please let us know what you and your little one think!

Rob


Neocate-Only Recipe Series: Tropical Pudding

Posted 8.17.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


This is another great recipe for folks who have to follow a strict elemental diet, avoiding even the least allergenic foods such as fruits and vegetables in favor of hypoallergenic amino-acid based products like Neocate. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the recipe series and found it helpful. As always, don’t forget about the other great resources we have for elimination diets that you can use when adding foods gradually back in to your diet to compliment elemental formula. For example, the Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook brings together ideas from many parents and families who manage allergies like experts. They’ve come up with great dishes that have helped many other families in their allergy journey!

Today’s recipe mirrors the first recipe in this series, vanilla pudding, just with a citrusy summer twist. This week’s recipe again combines the flexible texture of Neocate Nutra with the great taste of a familiar favorite in the Neocate family, Neocate Junior, Tropical.

Neocate Tropical Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 8 scoops Neocate Nutra
  • 3 scoops Neocate Junior, Tropical
  • 2-3 tablespoons cold water

Directions:

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


Nutrition Information per serving:

  • Calories - 286
  • Protein – 7 g
  • Carbohydrates – 37 g
  • Fat – 12 g
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If you try this recipe out, please let us know what you think!

Rob

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Neocate Nutra and Oral Motor Skills

Posted 9.7.12 | Christine Graham-Garo

Neocate Nutra is a one-of-a-kind product.  With the protein source being 100% non-allergenic amino acids, this allows for food allergic children to enjoy a pudding-like solid.  Not only does this provide a great source of nutrients in the diet, it also helps severely allergic children practice eating more solid foods.

 There are a growing number of food allergic children who have feeding difficulties.1  This is often due to learned associations with food and discomfort and reinforcement of maladaptive feeding behaviors.1  The development of learned feeding skills starts once the baby is born.  But there is a critical period at about four to six months where a baby will start to experiment with more solid/pureed foods.  If a child’s progression of feeding development is shifted, due to learned food refusal, a limited diet based on elimination diets, or limited mealtime moments, that may result in delayed oral motor skill development. 

If your child is showing signs of feeding difficulties, it is important you see your doctor or reach out to a certified feeding specialist.

The good thing about Nutra is that it is a – milk free and gluten free – hypoallergenic soft cereal.  Additionally, it is a good source of Vitamin D, Calcium, and Iron which is important for a child on a restricted diet due to food allergies.

To show you how Neocate Nutra can help, we want to highlight a patient case study that was developed by a Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Specialist in Aurora, CO.

Patient History: The case report is of a seven month old boy with a history of intolerance to several milk- and soy-based formulas.  He had many symptoms including vomiting, poor growth and poor feeding transition to solids (basically refusing to eat solids).  Doctors diagnosed this child with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE).

Nutritional Management: The child was started on an amino acid based formula, Neocate Infant.  His parents were highly anxious regarding growth and the struggle to feed their baby, resulting in stressful feeding dynamics and a bumpy transition to Neocate Infant.

His pediatrician and gastroenterologist together with the dietitian recommended Neocate Nutra for additional calories and the developmental opportunity to acquire oral motor skills such as successful spoon feedings. Neocate Nutra was presented 2 times a day, with one serving thinned with Neocate Infant to help with the Neocate Infant formula intake. After consulting with the child’s allergist, Neocate Nutra was mixed with other foods like apple sauce, sweet potato and white potato to promote increased acceptance as well as adding a variety of flavors that were age appropriate.

Result: The introduction of Neocate Nutra provided extra calories, supported and promoted typical oral motor skill development, provided satisfying feeding opportunities for the caregivers, and reduced the family’s’ stress around growth and mealtimes. By 12 months of age the child was eating full volumes of the Neocate Infant and was continuing on the Neocate Nutra.

 

-          Christine

 

1.        Haas A. Feeding Disorder in Food Allergic children. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep(2010) 10:258–264


New Neocate Nutra and Neocate Junior Packaging – Great New Look, Same Great Products!

Posted 9.11.12 | Nutrition Specialist

You might have noticed that we have a new and improved packaging look for Neocate Nutra and Neocate Junior.  The new packaging is similar to the Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla packaging we released last year and includes easy-to-read preparation.

Neocate Junior

The Neocate Junior packaging now has a big and bold cup icon indicating that it is for children one year and older.  But, Neocate Junior varieties have not changed in size, price or ingredients

Neocate Nutra

The Neocate Nutra packaging now has a big and bold bowl and spoon icon indicating that it is for children six months and older.  Neocate Nutra has not changed in can size.  But, the case packs have changed from a 3 pack to a 4 pack. 

Additionally, Neocate Nutra does have an ingredient change.  The corn starch has been replaced with rice starch which is highly refined to remove any rice protein leaving only the starch component. 

If you have any questions, please call our Nutrition Specialists toll-free at 1-800-NEOCATE, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 7:00 pm EST, or visit www.Neocate.com.  


Does my child have a feeding issue?

Posted 9.12.12 | Nutrition Specialist

We often talk to parents who are concerned that their child is not eating the amount of food or with the skill level that they believe their child should have.  Of course, every child is different and may develop feeding skills at a slightly different pace than other children their age, especially when food allergies are involved.  However, there is a general time line for when a child should be developing certain feeding skills and if your child is not reaching certain milestones he or she may have a feeding issue that needs to be addressed by your doctor and other health care providers (such as a speech therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, etc.).

The organization POPSICLE (Parent Organized Partnerships Supporting Infants and Children Learning to Eat) has developed a fantastic questionnaire that can help you determine whether your child has a feeding issue.  Each question is presented with educational info to help you determine an accurate answer for your child.  This questionnaire can then be taken to your child’s doctor, in order to provide a detailed list of concerns.  Check out their questionnaire here:https://www.popsicle.org/education/early-identification-questionnaire

-Irene

 


Announcing the Neocate Fan Favorite Election!

Posted 9.27.12 | Nutrition Specialist

 

In light of the 2012 presidential election we’ve decided to have our own election, the Neocate Fan Favorite Election!

Throughout the month of October Neocate Infant DHA & ARA, Neocate Nutra, Neocate Junior and Neocate Splash will be campaigning for your vote in the Neocate Fan Favorite election on the Food Allergy Living Blog, the Neocate Facebook and the Neocate Twitter.  Then on Election Day, November 6th, you’ll be able to cast your vote on the Neocate Facebook page. 

So, who will you be voting for in the Neocate Fan Favorite Election?


New Neocate Nutra and Neocate Junior Packaging – Great New Look, Same Great Products!

Posted 10.4.12 | Nutrition Specialist

As we mentioned previously, you might have noticed that we have a new and improved packaging look for Neocate Nutra and Neocate Junior.  The new packaging is similar to the Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla packaging we released last year and includes easy-to-read preparation.

So, to better explain the new packaging our nutrition specialist Christine created this video for our blog and NeocateUS YouTube channel!

Additionally, if you have any questions, please call our Nutrition Specialiststoll-free at 1-800-NEOCATE, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 7:00 pm EST, or visit www.Neocate.com.  


Neocate Nutra – Neocate Fan Favorite Election

Posted 10.5.12 | Nutrition Specialist

Hi there Neocate fans!  I'm Nutra, your spoonable favorite!  Why vote for me?  Well, I'm the only hypoallergenic semi-solid cereal available to kiddos who need to follow a restricted diet.  Why does this matter?  Some kids who aren't able to introduce solid foods at the normal time (typically at around 6 months of age) due to allergies benefit from having a semi solid cereal (like me!) available to munch on, because it helps them develop feeding skills.  Not to mention, I'm delicious!  And chock full of hypoallergenic protein from amino acids (just like my other Neocate friends) so you can be sure you are feeding your kiddo a safe food while helping them grow!

In addition to being a good source of hypoallergenic protein, I also have nutrients like vitamins and minerals, making me a fantastic addition to the diet of a growing child.  Lastly, you can download my Nutra Recipe Guide, which can be used in a bunch of tasty recipes to entice your little one to try new textures and flavors such as, Nutra Apple Milk-Free Ice Cream, anyone?  Or how about Nutra Banana Nut Pudding? In the mood for something savory?  How about a taste of Italy with Nutra Tomato Sauce?  Or feeling like some good comfort food with Nutra Mashed Potatoes?  As you can see, I'm a great addition to a variety of fantastic recipes that will help keep your kiddo healthy and strong while following a low allergen diet.

So vote for me, Neocate Nutra!

Thank you!

Neocate Nutra



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