Choosing the right formula when you have several options can sometimes be a difficult decision.
In the Neocate range of products for children over 1-year-old, you certainly have options! The Neocate Junior and Neocate Splash products are very similar, with a total of 10 (TEN!) options.
So how do you know which is the best option for you or your child?
In this post, we’ll walk you through some of the differences between these products, which might help you with this decision. As always, consult your healthcare team before making any formula switch, or if you or your child are ready to start using one of these formulas.
Supplement or Sole Source?
For some children, a Neocate product is used as a supplement to the diet, whereas for other children it is the sole or primary source of nutrition (meaning little or no nutrition comes from “regular” foods). If you’re not sure whether you or your child will use a Neocate product as a supplement or a sole source of nutrition, ask your healthcare team!
(Healthcare professionals can help here, as nutrient needs are different for every person, and vary based on age, weight, activity level, and medical conditions).
Neocate Junior and Neocate Splash products both provide some of every nutrient. Technically, any one of these products can meet 100% of a child’s nutrient recommendations. The healthcare team should help decide which product is the better fit.
Are you looking for a formula that doesn’t require mixing? If so, then Neocate Splash may be a better fit. Neocate Splash comes in a convenient drink box and do not require adding water or mixing before consuming, just shake well! Another convenience? No refrigeration required before opening.
On the other hand, if mixing formula isn’t a problem, our Neocate Junior products may be a better choice. This product is also ideal when you’re traveling and want to carry a lot of formula in a little space. In some cases, a healthcare team may recommend that you have formula that’s more concentrated (e.g. when someone can’t consume a large volume of formula at once). In that case, Neocate Junior products can be concentrated, by adding less water based on the healthcare team’s guidance.
In some cases, families find that both products fit into their lifestyle! Neocate Junior products work well in the home, and Neocate Splash products are helpful on the go.
What flavor does your child prefer? Both formulas come in a variety of flavors because we want you to be able to find one that works best for you and your child! In some cases, you may be able to use a few flavors to help with variety. Here’s a rundown of the flavor options:
Fiber, Fiber, Who Wants Fiber?
Fiber is an important part of a typical diet. However, many people who need Neocate have very few foods in their diet that are sources of fiber. For that reason, we offer Neocate Junior with Prebiotics. Are you not sure if you should choose a Neocate product with or without prebiotic fiber? Your healthcare team can help! Here’s the breakdown of which Neocate products contain fiber for children older than 1 year:
We hope this has helped you choose which Neocate product may be best suited for your child’s nutrition needs! If you have any questions, contact your healthcare professional to help you decide. For questions about Neocate products, please contact our Nutrition Specialists at 1-800-Neocate.
How did you decide which Neocate product(s) were the best fit for you?
Sometimes a feeding tube will become blocked so that no food can go through.
How to Fix Clogs:
First, using a syringe to gently remove the liquid on top of the blockage, if possible (throw away the fluid removed).
Next, gently flush the tube using lukewarm water, using at least a 30 mL (1 oz) syringe. Gently plunge the water back and forth to clear the blockage.
Unless directed by a healthcare professional, do not use acidic solutions such as fruit juices or cola as they may curdle the formula.
If the tube is still clogged, clamp the tube for around 10 minutes and then try flushing it again.
If the tube the clog remains, gently squeeze the tube between your fingers along the length of the tube as far as possible.
If you are still unable to clear the blockage, contact your healthcare professional for advice. Sometimes, the physician will prescribe a special enzyme which can dissolve the clog. If the clog cannot be cleared, the tube will have to be replaced.
How to Avoid Clogs:
Tube flushing is the most important factor for preventing the feeding tube from clogging. Use a syringe to flush 20 mL of warm water through the feeding tube before and after feedings and medications (or as directed by your healthcare team). If your child receives a continuous feed, your healthcare provider may recommend flushing with water during the feed to prevent clogging.
Use liquid medications whenever possible. If pills are necessary, crush them well and mix them with a small amount of warm water. Use a syringe to draw up the solution and insert it into the feeding tube. If pills are coated or time-released, discuss this with the physician because these types of pills are typically not meant to be crushed.
Do not mix medications together and do not mix medications in formula unless instructed to do so by your healthcare provider.
Tube Site Irritation or Infection:
Redness, pain, swelling or unusual/excessive drainage, as well as fever, can all be signs of an infection at the stoma site (the surgical opening through which a gastrostomy tube (g-tube) or jejunostomy tube (j-tube) enters the stomach or small intestine).
How to Avoid Irritation or Infection:
To avoid infection, it’s important to keep the stoma site clean and dry. Your healthcare provider should give you specific recommendations for how to clean the stoma site each day. For more information on keeping the stoma site clean (from a parent’s point of view), check out this informative article from Complex Child E-Magazine.
A Dislodged Feeding Tube:
If the feeding tube comes out, call the doctor and go to the hospital right away. The stoma can close up very quickly so the tube needs to be replaced promptly. Cover the site with clean dressing or bandage to prevent leakage and immediately seek medical attention.
Sometimes the healthcare provider will train you to replace the feeding tube yourself (temporarily or permanently) but you should ONLY do this if directed and properly trained by your child’s physician.
How to Avoid:
Young children occasionally pull the tube out themselves. Keep the tube covered with clothing to prevent this. Onesies work well for infants and toddlers. It’s also important to secure the tube during activities so that it doesn’t get pulled out. You can use various methods to secure the tube. Some companies make special wraps and clothing for protecting and accessing the feeding tube:
Who doesn’t love an ice cold treat on a hot day? Finding a frozen allergen-free treat can be a challenge. However, we’ve created a delicious allergen-free frozen treat for you or your little one to enjoy…frozen Neocate pops! We found a fabulous ice cream mold to use with our liquid Neocate products. The result...frozen Neocate in the shape of an ice cream cone! This can be done in just a few simple steps:
1) Shake and open your Neocate drink box. Separate the two pieces of the ice cream mold. Flip the clear piece of the ice cream mold upside down, and pour Neocate into the clear piece.
2) Place the bottom piece of the ice cream mold (the cone) on top of the clear ice cream mold. Keep the ice cream mold upside down.
3) Place ice cream mold in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
4) Remove frozen ice cream molds from the freezer and allow frozen Neocate pops to sit for 1-2 minutes (this will make the removal of the clear piece a little easier).
5) Remove the clear piece of the ice cream mold and enjoy!
There are many ice cream molds available however the one we used is from a company called Tovolo.
You can even take these pops to the next level and add some color by rolling them in colored powdered sugar! Or add a “safe food” to Neocate before freezing. For some this may be fruit juice or chopped up fruit such as strawberries or mango. This would be a great opportunity to get your little ones involved!
Frozen Neocate that thaws may discolor and/or separate therefore we recommend you enjoy your frozen pop shortly after removing from the freezer.
It is important to note that freezing Neocate products can affect some nutrient levels: The nutrition information on Neocate packaging reflects the nutrient levels when prepared as directed on the packaging. Healthcare teams may allow some Neocate servings to be frozen to help meet a Neocate goal for certain patients, but this is a case-by-case decision. Ask your healthcare team for advice before you prepare Neocate any way other than as directed on the packaging. Your healthcare team should advise you how to store and how long to keep frozen Neocate products.
Have you tried this before or done anything similar with your Neocate products? We’d love to hear from you!
Do you have a favorite song? You know the one that makes your day if you hear it on the radio. Now think, what about that particular song that makes it your favorite? Is it the lyrics, the beat, the emotion it evokes, or all the above?
Just like your taste in music is unique to your experiences and how you interpret the world, flavor preferences follow suit. When it comes to flavors, the one you decide to be your favorite depends on a variety of factors unique to you.
When you or a loved one is on a severely restricted diet due to food allergies or related conditions, limited options in the diet can make finding a favorite flavor a bit difficult. At Nutricia, we are constantly working to help you explore new ways to make meal time interesting and provide access to ways you can experience new flavors. Our family of products provides more inviting flavor and texture options than anyone else. We talk to families and parents every day for whom Neocate is the sole or primary source of nutrition for a loved one, and for many of them the flavor and form options offered by Neocate has made a difference!
Here’s why having options to find your “flavor fit” is important:
Taste is personal and unique to every person
Taste preferences are strongly influenced by innate factors and can be changed by experience. Natural preferences for various flavors change developmentally as infants and children grow. The preferences for specific flavors are determined by innate/inborn factors, environmental influences, learnings, and a combination of these factors; making each individual unique.
Flavor Options Help Influence Preferences
Experiences and exposure to various flavors and textures help to shape preferences as children grow, and we at Nutricia are striving to offer opportunities for those on elemental, or amino acid-based, diets gain such experiences. Did you know Neocate is the only amino acid-based formula available with 10 options to choose from for individuals one year and older?
Be Curious: Explore and find your flavor fit
Moms, dads and other caregivers know that keeping kids on the special diets that require Neocate isn't always easy, especially as they grow and see other children enjoying more variety at the dinner table. When it comes to an elimination diet, having more than one flavor option lessens the “boredom effect” that may happen when only a single flavor is used long term. No matter how long you or your child needs an amino acid-based formula for nutritional support, Neocate offers the greatest flavor variety.
Just like their favorite song, your loved ones have the option to pick a favorite flavor with Neocate.
Here’s a rundown of the available Neocate flavor options:
We want you to be able to find one that works best for you and your child! In some cases, you may be able to use a few flavors to help with variety. Some parents have even told us they were able to find their child’s favorite flavor by combining Neocate Junior flavors to make delicious Vanilla and Strawberry drinks.
Additional helpful resources if you are considering trying Neocate flavors:
Not so fast. School might be out, but with camp, fairs, carnivals and trips to fun places...summer is not the time to let your guard down about food allergies.
Of course, it is summer...you and your children should go to the pool, have picnics and play in the sun! You just need to do these activities as food-conscience as you do all the others throughout the year.
Here are a few tips:
Call ahead if you are attending an event – It can’t hurt! Find out if they are going to have an ingredient list available. If not, pack your child his/her own tasty summer snacks.
Bring food substitutes – If you are going to be outside all day where safe food won’t be available, make sure to bring food allergy snacks or nutritionally complete drink boxes like Splash.
And as always, be prepared – make sure that Epipen is always close by.
Any plans for safe summer food fun? I’d love to hear them!
Neocate is the only line of hypoallergenic, amino acid-based products that offers such a wide array of choices. We offer 5 different products, many with different flavor options. With so many choices, it can be confusing to understand the similarities and differences between our products.
In this post we’re going to walk you through some of the similarities and differences between the Neocate products. We’ll also highlight some additional features for each product.
Let’s start with the similarities
All Neocate products are hypoallergenic and specifically designed for individuals with food allergies and related digestive and allergic conditions. All Neocate products are amino acid-based to reduce the chance of an allergic reaction from even a small fragment of a protein.
Neocate is made with ingredients that are certified by suppliers to be derived from non-genetically modified organisms (read about GMOs). There is more information on how suppliers of Neocate ingredients have to meet our guidelines related to GMOs here. Many of the ingredients are also similar between each of the 5 product options, just in different amounts to meet the nutritional needs at different ages. We already discussed our protein source being amino acids. For more information about ingredients check out these pages that discuss the fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins (vitamins K, C, E, Avitamin D and B vitamins) in Neocate.
Another similarity between all of our Neocate products is that they do not contain soy oil. This has always been true for most of our Neocate products, but it is a recent change for our Neocate Infant DHA/ARA, starting in 2013. In case you missed this helpful explanation of why we made this change, this recent blog post on Why Neocate Dropped the Soy Oil explains it very well.
Finally, all Neocate products are confirmed through testing to be dairy-free. Aside from all of the steps we take to make sure there’s no dairy in the products, we test every batch to be extra sure!
Now let’s talk about some differences
The main difference is the age range that each product is designed for. As your child grows, they have different nutritional needs and so the products that meet their needs will also change. There are also differences between the products to best serve our customers who most often use them. Let’s look at each of the 5 product options and their individual differences.
Neocate Syneo Infant is intended for infants 0-12 months. This is the first and only hypoallergenic infant formula that contains a blend of prebiotics and probiotics, specifically designed for food-allergic infants. It also has all of the benefits of Neocate Infant DHA/ARA, which you can read about below.
Neocate Syneo Infant is our latest innovation, and it's specially formulated for the dietary management of infants with cow milk allergy (CMA), multiple food allergies (MFA) and related GI and allergic conditions, including food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and gastroesophageal reflux (GER). Want to know more about prebiotics and probiotics, which make this formula special? You can read all about them here.
Neocate Infant DHA/ARA is intended for infants 0-12 months. This is the only amino acid-based formula that contains nucleotides. It also has added DHA at a level comparable to that found in breast milk. Nucleotides, DHA, and ARA are important nutrients naturally found in breast milk. Not sure what DHA and ARA are? Learn More about DHA and ARA: What are they and why are they in infant formula?
Neocate Infant DHA/ARA is also unique in our line of products to be certified Kosher Pareve, and certified Halal. Neocate Infant DHA/ARA is designed to meet all of your baby’s nutrition needs, otherwise called nutritionally complete. There is no gluten added to Neocate Infant DHA/ARA.
Neocate Junior is for individuals over 1 year of age. It is also nutritionally complete and can be used as the sole source of nutrition or as a supplement to a limited diet. It comes with or without prebiotic fiber and is available in unflavored and different flavor varieties.
Neocate Junior is the only hypoallergenic formula that offers the option of prebiotic fiber. What is prebiotic fiber? Check out these blogs to read a little bit more about Prebiotics 101, or the importance of fiber.
Neocate Junior is available in a total of 6 flavor options. Neocate Junior with Prebiotics is available in Unflavored and delicious Vanilla and Strawberry flavors. If you’re not looking for prebiotic fiber, Neocate Junior is available in Unflavored and tasty Chocolate and Tropical flavors. We would tell you which one is our favorite, but we love them all!
Neocate Junior and Neocate Junior with Prebiotics are not certified Kosher. However, all of the powdered Neocate products are made in the same facility as Neocate Infant DHA/ARA, and using many of the same ingredients from the same suppliers, none derived from milk or dairy. All varieties of Neocate Junior also have no gluten added.
Neocate Nutra is for children over 6 months of age. It mixes up to the consistency of infant cereal (though it’s not a cereal!), and we call it spoonable. Neocate Nutra is designed to help your child experience solid food as she develops feeding skills, while still avoiding the allergens that might make them sick.
Many older children use Neocate Nutra to add texture and variety to their diet. While Neocate Nutra provides some of every nutrient and is a good source of key nutrients like calcium and vitamin D, it is not enough on its own to meet all your child’s nutrition needs (it’s not nutritionally complete).
Neocate Nutra is gluten-free, which means we test each and every batch for the presence of gluten to ensure that it is gluten-free. We take this extra step because so many children use this instead of an infant cereal, and having a gluten-free option is important to many families.
Neocate Splash is designed specifically for individuals over one year of age. It is a quick ready-to-drink option in a convenient 8 oz drink box. Neocate Splash is nutritionally complete, with a nearly identical nutritional profile to Neocate Junior. It comes in 4 great-tasting flavors: Orange-Pineapple, Tropical Fruit, Grape, and Unflavored. Neocate Splash is ideal for drinking orally or taking through a feeding tube.
Many families are looking specifically for formulas used in tube feeding to be gluten-free, so we take the extra step to regularly test Neocate Splash to ensure that it is gluten-free to give them this as an option. There are also no artificial preservatives or colors added.
Now that we have discussed the basic similarities and differences between our Neocate products, I am sure you are ready to use the one that is best for you and your family members. Here are links to our recipes and formula mixing videos to help in the kitchen.
At Nutricia North America, we work hard to make sure that your child receives the best possible nutritional support. Towards this goal we update existing Neocate products and introduce new products to provide your family with great options based on the latest medical and scientific knowledge. We are very excited to announce the launch of New Neocate® Splash. This great new product is now available in the United States!
What is Neocate Splash?
Neocate Splash is a range of amino acid-based nutrition for individuals over the age of one. This range is
✓ Nutritionally complete
✓ Available in 4 great tasting flavors
✓ Ideal for oral and tube feeding
This great new product is indicated for the dietary management of cow milk allergy (CMA), multiple food allergies (MFA), and related gastrointestinal and allergic conditions, including eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), short bowel syndrome (SBS), malabsorption, and gastroesophageal reflux (GER).
Neocate Splash has a unique nutrient profile, based on that of Neocate Junior, to provide complete nutritional support.
The 3 flavored products are NEW additions to our Neocate Splash range. They are fully replacing our existing range of Neocate E028 Splash. Neocate Splash, Unflavored remains unchanged and available. See this short video to learn more about Neocate Splash:
Neocate Splash Flavors:
Neocate Splash is now a complete range with 4 great tasting flavors:
✓ Orange-Pineapple (New)
✓ Tropical Fruit (New)
✓ Grape (New)
Neocate Splash is the only hypoallergenic, amino acid-based formula that is ready-to-feed; offering freedom and flexibility to children who require an amino acid-based diet. Neocate Splash is designed to travel well and is ideal for use in out-of-home settings such as daycare and schools. The easy peelable opening makes it quick and simple to pour.
Transitioning to the new Neocate Splash
If you are a current Neocate E028 Splash user, please visit Neocate.com/Splash to view the resources that we have developed to assist you in your transition to Neocate Splash. If you have product-related questions or need help finding a suppliers for Neocate Splash, contact our Customer Service team Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm ET at 1-800-NEOCATE (1-800-636-2283).
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.