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R.J.’s Story – An Update

Posted 3.29.11 | Nutrition Specialist

We've shared R.J.'s story before (and his little brother Ken). As a child he had severe,painful eczema that covered his entire body. His parents tried everything, but he didn't find relief until they switched to Neocate.

We wanted to share this sweet video that his parents sent to us recently. Today R.J. is 5 years old, and doing great! He is still allergic to milk, but Neocate has helped make him a happy and health little boy.

R.J. Happy & Health Video


Which came first: atopic dermatitis or food allergy?

Posted 3.17.11 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

In food allergy circles, we usually think of symptoms and side effects as results of food allergies, not the other way around. In most cases that’s true. Science has shown a strong link between food allergy and atopic dermatitis, a form of eczema. Last month Dr. Jon Hanifin, a respected dermatologist, gave a talk to colleagues discussing the link between atopic dermatitis and food allergies. The research he presented suggests that for some patients it may actually be atopic dermatitis that comes first and acts as a precursor to food allergies.

Atopic dermatitis is often one of the first signs that a parent or caregiver notices in their child which helps lead to the diagnosis of food allergy. As Dr. Hanifin explained, about 6-10% of children are diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, and of those about a third will be diagnosed with a food allergy. Which begs the question: If parents notice signs of atopic dermatitis first, and an allergy diagnosis comes later, couldn’t atopic dermatitis be causing some instances of food allergy?

What We Know:

-In cases of food allergy, offending foods cause reactions in the body which involve the immune system

-Immunoglobulin E antibodies (IgE) are immune substances which are normally in our bodies at low levels, but are higher with food allergy

-Allergy symptoms often involve the skin (including our digestive tract, which is like an inside skin), an important barrier that keeps most outside “things” from getting inside

-One factor of atopic dermatitis is “holes” in the barrier our skin provides

What Dr. Hanifin Proposed:

In the past it was assumed that food allergies came first, causing both high IgE levels and atopic dermatitis. Dr. Hanifin suggested that in some patients atopic dermatitis is caused by “gaps” in the skin (likely due to genetics), which means that foreign substances can enter the skin and cause adverse reactions. He thinks it may be proteins that get through these gaps which allows the body to become sensitive to certain foods, leading to a food allergy.

What does all of this mean? The biggest message here is that patients with atopic dermatitis, especially those under five years, should be tested for food allergies. While avoiding food allergens may not help improve atopic dermatitis, it could certainly prevent or improve other serious side effects of allergies. The second message is that more research needs to be done into the causes of atopic dermatitis and its relationship to food allergies. Any research that leads to better health, through reducing instances of atopic dermatitis and/or food allergies, is good research! Tell us about your experience: Was atopic dermatitis the first sign that you saw of your child’s food allergy?

- Rob

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Posted 3.8.11 | Sarah O'Brien

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Israel’s Story

Posted 2.15.11 | Guest Blogger

Our post today is a guest blog entry from Karen Adams, Israel’s mom. We’d like to thank her for guest blogging for us.

I've heard several mothers talk about how their baby was fine at the hospital, that their problems didn’t begin until they got home. Our experience didn’t happen like that. From the very first day my son Israel, wouldn’t sleep, but instead screamed and cried constantly. Nothing seemed to soothe him. Our last night at the hospital, we asked the nursery to take him, so we could get some sleep. 15 minutes later they brought him back saying he was kicked out of the nursery, because he cried too much.

Our first night home was spent nervously watching our baby boy projectile vomit, scream and cry. For months Israel would scream and cry and vomit for hours on end. In fact he would cry so hard he would lose his voice. He took only small naps, the most being 45 minutes. He would have diarrhea so badly that he would keep yeast infections on his skin. He would have odd rashes and dry patches of skin. After two pediatricians and trials of cows milk formulas and soy formula. The doctor then switched him to Nutramigen and scheduled an upper GI.

The upper GI confirmed reflux and he was then put on Prevacid. The Nutramigen and Prevacid really seemed to do the trick. He was still a little fussy and spit up quite a lot. But the doctor wasn’t concerned and felt we shouldn’t be either. But being his mother, I just couldn’t let it go. He could drink water and hold it down, but his formula he would spit up. I knew he could do better. After a few weeks of research I found out about Neocate.

I had read so many testimonials about how Neocate and Prevacid stopped the food allergy reactions and reflux issues. Could it be true? His pediatrician thought the problem was reflux, lactose intolerance and classic “Colic”. And that I simply worried too much.

Finally after several visits he agreed to send my son (6 months old) for an allergy test. He tested positive for Milk, Soy, Corn, Pork, Peanuts, Apples, and Rice and positive for some other intolerances. FINALLY I had my proof!!! The allergy specialist gave me a prescription for Neocate and I rushed it to the pharmacy as quickly as possible.

That afternoon we gave him his first bottle of Neocate. He took the bottle and guzzled it down. We watched and waited, and to our surprise no spitting up! We realized not only had the other formula's been causing spit up but also had made him irritable. He started gaining weight, sleeping through the night and generally acting satisfied within a week of being on Neocate. Now he is happy, healthy and full of energy! He just turned one year old in December 2010 and now we are starting on Neocate Jr. As a mother, I couldn’t be happier!

Thanks to Neocate!


Karen and Israel's video on YouTube

Toothpaste, flip flops, stickers and other unusual places where food allergens could be hiding

Posted 7.20.10 | Christine Graham-Garo

I have a friend whose daughter has severe gluten allergies. We often have long conversations about what it’s like to live with a child who has severe allergies, but one story she shared with me stands out. Her daughter was starting to get a horrible rash on her feet, and my friend could not understand what was causing it. After some investigative work, it turns out it was her daughter’s new flip flops! The sandals had gluten on them. She had found out by calling the manufacturer and was able to locate the culprit.

I was truly stunned by this! My friend works so hard at avoiding gluten by looking over all food labels and yet, there it was, in her daughters’ flip flops. This got me thinking; what other things are gluten and other allergens hiding in? Here is a list of some surprising hidden allergens in products other than food:


  • Adhesives on envelopes and stamps
  • Self-stick labels and stickers
  • Latex or rubber gloves for house cleaning
  • Art supplies like play dough, clay, glue
  • Hand lotion
  • Shampoos


  • Chewing gum
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothing


  • Adhesives
  • Body lotions and creams
  • Fabrics
  • Paper
  • Printing Inks
  • Soaps

What are some weird and unusual places you have found an allergen? It always helps to discuss your findings with other families to help them in avoiding accidental exposure and frustrations! We’d also love to hear about any “safe” products you are using.



Guest Blog: ECZEMA – The Itch that Rashes!

Posted 3.2.10 | Guest Blogger

Our post today is a special guest blog entry from Nicole Smith. Her blog is and she is also the author of the books Allie the Allergic Elephant: A Children’s Story of Peanut Allergies, Cody the Allergic Cow: A Children’s Story of Milk Allergies and Chad the Allergic Chipmunk: A Children’s Story of Nut Allergies. Nicole has also served as Treasurer for the non-profit organization, Kids With Food Allergies, Inc. and is currently serving on the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) Advocacy Steering Committee. We would like to thank her for guest blogging for us.

Living with food allergies and eczema has become quite normal for our family. Our son, Morgan, is now almost 14 years old and has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is anaphylactic to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish and shellfish. He is severely allergic to dogs, cats and other furry animals. His eczema is our ongoing battle. He is allergic to grasses, weeds and trees. He currently is receiving allergy shots in the hopes that his seasonal allergies will be minimized, and maybe he will be able to pet a dog in the near future!

From his first few months, Morgan had severe, weeping eczema across his body. It was everywhere – behind his knees, on his hands and feet, and even behind his earlobes. His skin was constantly infected, and I coated him with lotions and over the counter steroid creams to not much avail.

Morgan’s eczema was helped by using Eucerin® lotion in the paste form, and by sparingly using Elocon® lotion (a steroid) when he was an infant. The Eucerin® is almost the consistency of lard. Wal-Mart sells a generic brand of this that costs about 1/2 the amount of Eucerin®, and we’ve found it to be equally as good. We slathered it on him every night. When he was a baby, we applied it every time we changed his diaper. The Elocon® lotion is a steroid cream, so we tried to use it only when his eczema got very severe.

The eczema moved around his body as he grew older, but it has never entirely disappeared. For a while, he had one finger that regularly sported an eczema spot if he ate any food with food dyes!

The use of heat in the winter time dries out his skin, as does swimming in chlorinated water in the summertime. So, there isn’t a season where he gets a break. If we forget to use the Eucerin® paste, his eczema will crack and fissures will form. He has been put on antibiotics, which ended up curing the fissures. However, we try to not allow the eczema to get this out of control. The Elocon® lotion will sting if put on eczema with fissures. He would cry in pain which hurt me almost as much as him – and made me more aware of staying ahead of his skin problems. Morgan’s eczema gets worse when certain foods are added to his diet. We notice that processed foods with yellow and red dyes made his skin much worse, so we removed these from his diet entirely when he was young. This helped the eczema to disappear, yet it would amazingly reappear for no apparent reason. When he was a baby he was severely allergic to eggs; when this allergy disappeared, we started feeding him foods containing eggs, only to find that his eczema flared up.

We live in Colorado Springs, which has hot, dry air in the summer. However, combining the heat with sun lotions is a recipe for disaster. We use titanium dioxide sun lotions since they seem to be kinder to his skin. Certain fabrics such as nylon bother his skin, creating eczema-like blotches. Long ago, I began using laundry soap that is free of all dyes and perfumes. None of this cures his eczema, but it helps it to not become worse.

Now that he’s a teenager, he’s responsible for taking care of his skin. As with most teenage boys, hygiene is a difficult daily practice! For a while, the prescription medication Singulair® cured his eczema completely. Now it doesn’t work as well. Since he started allergy shots his eczema seems to be worse, yet he is also in the middle of puberty. Our allergist had told us that some patients experience worsening eczema with allergy shots, yet his environmental and pet allergies are much better. It’s a difficult trade off!

When he has a bad eczema breakout, we have begun wet wrapping his skin with CeraVe® moisturizing cream and Betamethasone steroid cream. (He also takes an antihistamine, such as Xyzal or Zyrtec once a day.) We apply the steroid first, then the moisturizing cream and then hot, wet gauze to wrap his skin sealing in the moisture. Adding socks or ace bandages over the top insures the gauze stays in place. Keeping the wet wraps in place overnight helps the worst eczema spots. Twice a day wet wrap treatments can do wonders for his skin!

We feel like detectives on most days, attempting to find the cause of the eczema. It might be food related, contact related (such as grass or clothing articles) or none of the above. We would love to find the magical cure to make his eczema disappear. In the meantime, we’ll keep searching for what works for today to ease the itch!

Nicole can be reached at:
425 W. Rockrimmon Blvd, Suite 202
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Baby Rashes from A to Z (Acne to Eczema!) and When Is It a Milk Allergy?

Posted 4.18.17 | Nutrition Specialist

What new parent hasn’t asked questions like this: “Where did THAT come from?” Or maybe “Why is she suddenly so ITCHY?” Or even “What ARE all of those little bumps on her head?”

Babies drink what we give them (unless they don’t like it!), wear what we put on them (until they take it off!), and tend to stay where we put them (until they go mobile!). If adults are in control and a baby never leaves our sight, we should have answers to these questions. But almost every new parent comes up against a skin condition that they can’t explain.

As newborn babies grow and develop they can experience lots of different skin conditions. Some are typical, whereas others can be hard to explain. In today’s post, we’re going to walk through some of the most common questions and answers related to baby rashes. Food allergies can play a role in some of these conditions, so we’ll point out where that’s the case. 


Acne is something we associate with teenagers, but it can happen anytime in life. Acne is usually related to hormones, and babies sure do have hormones! Where do babies get hormones, maternal hormones are passed through the womb. Baby acne is harmless and usually goes away within a few weeks.

According to MayoClinic, “Baby acne can occur anywhere on the face, but usually appears on the cheeks, nose and forehead. Baby acne is common — and temporary. There's little you can do to prevent baby acne. Baby acne usually clears up on its own, without scarring.” Read more to learn when to see a doctor about baby acne

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis – which may also be called atopic eczema, involves scaly and itchy rashes that can be over a small or large part of the body. It can be triggered by allergens in the air (pollen, mold, dust mites, or animals), dry skin, or any number of factors. Severity of symptoms varies from one person to another. There’s an association between atopic dermatitis and food allergies, especially in cases of severe atopic dermatitis. At this time, it’s not clear if one causes the other. For infants, atopic dermatitis and cow milk allergy often are linked.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis describes a situation where some substance makes contact with the skin and causes it to become red or inflamed. This could be anything from food to laundry detergent or lotions. Your little one’s healthcare team can help you narrow down the possibilities and make changes to remove whatever’s causing this type of dermatitis. If food is a cause, you’ll need to keep your little one from coming into contact with the food and cosmetics with ingredients from that food. Symptoms and treatments of contact dermatitis.

Diaper Rash

Diaper rash happens when a rash occurs on parts of the skin in contact with diapers. Some causes include having wet diapers on for too long, when the infant has diarrhea, or diapers are too tight. Rash can also be caused by introduction of new products to clean, for example if you are using cloth diapers. Symptoms and treatments of diaper rash.


Eczema is a generic term for any dermatitis or skin swelling or itching. It’s often used to describe atopic dermatitis – see above! Read over a story of Morgan and his food allergy related eczema.


Hives, also called urticarial, are red, itchy bumps on the skin, often caused by an allergic reaction to a food or a drug. Hives can vary in size and can at times connect with one another to create a larger swelling. They often go away within 24 hours, but are still no fun. It’s important to avoid whatever substance or food triggers hives. Symptoms and treatments of hives.


A rash is a generic term that describes some sort of itchiness or irritation of the skin. Your doctor would be the best resource to look and narrow down what a rash represents and what might be causing it. For little onces, their pediatrician may decide to refer you to an allergist and/or a dermatologist.

When is a Rash a Milk Allergy?

Baby Rash

You should always refer to your pediatrician to help you understand what is causing your little one’s rash, but it’s also important to look at the big picture. Sometimes a baby with a cow milk allergy will also display other symptoms in addition to the rash. For instance, you may also see symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, gassiness, wheezing, runny nose, and/or colic.

If you do see a rash accompanied by any of these other symptoms, make sure to keep detailed notes and share all symptoms with your little one's doctor so that the healthcare team has all of the information to get to the bottom of what might be happening.

Also, make sure to work with your pediatrician to come up with a plan for taking care of your baby’s skin – no matter what is triggering the rash, it is important to take possible steps to alleviate the rash and any discomfort. Some possible steps your little one's doctor might suggest include:

  • Bathing your baby in soothing lukewarm water
  • Avoiding scented soaps, bath oils, and perfumed powders
  • Applying an over-the-counter moisturizer to your baby’s skin
  • Keeping your baby’s fingernails filed short and smooth to minimize damage from scratching
  • Using cotton mittens to help prevent scratching
  • Dressing your baby in soft cotton fabrics to prevent possible fabric irritation
  • Keeping your baby cool and avoiding hot, humid environments
  • Trying to keep your baby distracted from the itchiness with fun activities

We’ve told you what we know about various common skin conditions that you might see on your little one. Keep in mind, there are other conditions that can cause skin rashes, including various infections. Even with this info, you probably still have questions and want answers! The next step is to discuss them further with you little one’s healthcare team. Make sure you plan ahead, take notes and ask the right questions when you see your doctor.


Rob McCandlish is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who joined the Nutricia team in 2010. Rob has years of experience at Nutricia following food allergy research, working with Neocate products, talking with Neocate families and learning about the science behind Neocate and food allergies. Rob has two nephews who both used Neocate for their cow milk allergies!

Eczema Is Surprisingly Tricky

Posted 7.3.08 | Sarah O'Brien

The other nutrition specialists and I often hear stories from parents about the (often too long) process of getting their child diagnosed and treated for a milk protein allergy. Some families even write up their experiences for us and allow us to share them with other parents. I just re-read one recently about a little boy named RJ (for the full testimonial, click here). By the time R.J. was four months old, he had a painful, itchy, red rash all over his body. He was miserable and in pain.

R.J.’s parents took him to several doctors who tried all these different treatments, but none of them worked.

After months of misery for RJ (and the rest of the family), they finally found a pediatrician who identified the problem as a food allergy and recommended Neocate, an amino acid based formula for the little guy. Within a week, the rash was cleared up and R.J. was a happy, healthy baby again.

This story is a reminder that eczema can be tough to figure out. Many doctors, like R.J.’s, think that eczema is always caused by a topical allergen. However, what many people don’t realize is that sometimes the cause of eczema is from the inside.

R.J. suffered from a severe case of eczema resulting from a milk protein allergy that caused not only him, but his whole family, to suffer. Something to consider if you notice a rash on your little one.

- Sarah

All About Eczema

Posted 1.18.08 | Nutrition Specialist

I get a lot of calls from parents regarding their babies’ skin rashes and unfortunately, by the time a parent calls me, the baby has been suffering for quite a while. Eczema has so many triggers that most people don’t think a food allergy could be the culprit.

Here is a review of the basics of eczema…

What is eczema?

It is most often characterized by dry, red, extremely itchy patches on the skin. Eczema is sometimes referred to as "the itch that rashes," since the itch, when scratched, results in the appearance of the rash.

Who is suffering from eczema?

10-20% of babies

What triggers eczema?

Environmental Triggers

  • Wool and other scratchy fabrics
  • Chronic, extremely dry air
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Chemicals in certain soaps and detergents
Allergen Triggers
These substances provoke an overreaction of the immune system and cause the skin to become inflamed.The baby won’t stop scratching…what’s a parent to do?
1. Take your baby to the doctor to determine what is causing the rash. Make sure the pediatrician considers all potential allergens, including common foods allergens like milk, soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, fish and tree nuts.
2. Remove the trigger from your baby’s life. This may mean changing detergent, purchasing dust-proof mattress covers or sending the family pet outside. It may also mean changing your baby’s diet. If you are breastfeeding, remove all the allergens from your diet. If you are feeding your baby a cow’s milk- or soy-based formula, you’ll want to switch to a hypoallergenic amino acid-based formula like Neocate.
3. Heal your baby’s damaged skin. Work with the pediatrician to develop a daily skin care routine that will help heal your baby’s skin, which has been damaged by the allergic reaction and your baby’s scratching.
Here are some likely recommendations:
  • Bathe your baby in soothing lukewarm water
  • Use a milk soap or non-soap cleanser
  • Avoid bath oils and perfumed powders
  • Apply an over-the-counter lubricant to her skin (Talk to the doctor for specific brand recommendations)
  • Keep her fingernails filed short so the scratching won’t do as much damage
  • Dress her in soft cotton fabrics to prevent possible fabric irritation
  • Keep her cool and avoid hot, humid environments
  • Try to distract her from the itchiness with fun activities
If the skin becomes infected, call the doctor right away. He or she might prescribe an antibiotic for you to either apply to your baby’s damaged skin or give her by mouth.
For even more information on eczema, check out the skin rash section of Act Against Allergy.
  • Food allergens: cow’s milk, soy, wheat, eggs
  • Household dust and mites
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Dog or cat dander

Neocate Faces - Ken

Posted 10.4.10 | Sarah O'Brien

Ken began to develop an itchy, red rash on his face when he was just two months old. The condition had worsened by the time he was four months old. Poor baby Ken was miserable, always crying and rubbing and scratching his face.

Since Ken’s parents had actually been through this before with their older son R.J., this time they knew just what to do.

“Since his older brother R.J. had the same problem and it improved so quickly with Neocate we were at ease knowing that Neocate would work for Ken as well,” said R.J.’s and Ken’s father.

Ken Before Neocate

At four months old, when Ken’s rash worsened, his parents switched him to Neocate, an elemental formula for infants and children with allergies to the protein in milk and soy products, which had been successful for Ken’s big brother RJ.

Some of the most common symptoms of milk protein allergy are vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool and other gastrointestinal issues. However, many babies-like Ken and his older brother R.J.-experience painful skin rashes as a symptom of milk protein allergy, which can be relieved by removing the allergens from the diet. For Ken and R.J. the rash went away when they switched to Neocate, which contains individual amino acids instead of the protein chains they were allergic to.

“Within a few days, Ken’s face cleared up and he was no longer rubbing and scratching, Neocate was all it took to resolve the problem,” said R.J.’s and Ken’s father.

Ken and RJ After Neocate

Before Neocate Ken couldn’t help but rub and scratch at it his eczema. Now, thanks to his pediatrician and some help from big brother R.J. he is a happy healthy baby.

“Neocate products are invaluable to our family, R.J. is now four years old and thriving on Neocate One+ while Ken is rash free on Neocate Infant,” said R.J.’s and Ken’s father.

If you want to share your before and after photos, we’d love to see them! 

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Benjamin is Happy and Healthy Thanks to Neocate

Posted 10.24.11 | Nutrition Specialist

As a newborn boy Benjamin weighed a healthy 6 lbs. 3 oz. but within days of his birth, he began to lose weight and break out in a rash all over his body.  He was terribly unhappy and inconsolable. 

While Benjamin struggled to gain weight, he began to vomit every time he ate and often had diarrhea.  At two and half weeks old, Benjamin’s parents took him to the emergency room where he was admitted for one month.  As his symptoms worsened, doctors ran numerous tests, all of which came back inconclusive.  They also tried many different formulas but nothing relieved Benjamin’s symptoms.

“Benjamin was born a healthy child and it was so hard to watch him slowly lose weight and have his symptoms continually become worse,” says Suzanne Berkovitz, Benjamin’s mother.    

After a few weeks in the hospital, Benjamin was put on 10 days of bowel rest and antibiotics.  Eventually doctors concluded that Benjamin had a severe milk protein allergy in addition to a soy allergy.  

Neocate was slowly introduced into Benjamin’s system after his dramatic weight loss and numerous setbacks at the hospital.  Benjamin’s symptoms began to improve just a few days after starting Neocate and he was discharged from the hospital once he began to gain weight.  

“After everything Benjamin had been through, I was doubtful that anything could make him better but I noticed a difference in him almost immediately after starting Neocate,” says Suzanne. 

At 15 weeks old, Benjamin weighs 15 pounds on his Neocate diet.  His rash has disappeared and all of his symptoms have dissipated.

“Benjamin is a happy, healthy baby now.  He loves to eat and we owe his success to Neocate!” says Suzanne.  


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Neocate Faces — Blaise

Posted 3.25.12 | Nutrition Specialist

Immediately following his birth, Blaise suffered from a severe skin rash that developed once his mother began feeding him regular infant formula.

Unable to tolerate the formula, Blaise experienced persistent vomiting and diarrhea, accompanied with sleepless nights.  Blaise’s symptoms caused him to constantly be fussy and lethargic despite his mother’s countless attempts to console him.

“The longer we fed him the formula, the worse his rash, vomiting and diarrhea got,” says Danielle Phillips, Blaise’s mother.  “No matter what I did to soothe him, it was useless, and as his mother, that was hard to handle.”

Becoming concerned with Blaise’s skin rash, Danielle mentioned the issue to his doctor, who dismissed it as baby acne. As time passed, his related symptoms did not improve. In search of a solution, Blaise’s mother tried soy and hydrolyzed formulas, which unfortunately made him worse.

As Blaise’s symptoms began to get worse, his mother readdressed the symptoms with his doctor, who asserted that Blaise did in fact suffer from atopic dermatitis; a chronic skin disorder where the skin becomes extremely itchy and inflamed, causing redness, swelling, cracking and scaling. He concluded that the dermatitis was fueled by milk allergies.  However, the doctor insisted that she continue using the hydrolyzed formula, as it was too early to confirm its effectiveness. A week passed and Blaise was still in pain, suffering from atopic dermatitis, vomiting and diarrhea.

With a little research on Danielle’s part and advice from her mother, who works at a hospital, she turned to Neocate with hopes that it would help her baby lead a healthy and happy life.

“I found it amazingly effective almost immediately,” says Danielle. “It was like I had a new baby. His dermatitis cleared up, he started sleeping through the nights and his vomiting and diarrhea stopped immediately.”

At 10 weeks old, Blaise is responding great to Neocate, it has made him an active and responsive baby. His parents are thankful for the Neocate product and their commitment to improving the quality of life for babies suffering from milk allergies.

“It was quite the trip to get here, but he’s developing at an amazing rate,” says Danielle.  “Neocate is a great product and has made my son the baby he always should have been.”


Natural Skin Soothers for Eczema

Posted 8.2.12 | Nutrition Specialist

If you are using Neocate with your little one, you may be familiar with eczema, an uncomfortably itchy rash often associated with food allergies.  Fortunately, if your child’s eczema is related to a food allergy transitioning your little one to Neocate helps address the root cause of the problem by providing a hypoallergenic source of nutrition.

However, for some children it can still take some time after starting Neocate for eczema to completely resolve and in the interim you may have a very unhappy baby on your hands. Also, for some children eczema can flair from environmental triggers. What to do? Mother Nature has a few tricks up her sleeve that can help bring relief to your little one (and you!):

  1. Oatmeal Bath:Oatmeal has skin softening properties to soothe and moisturize irritated skin. To make the bath, fill a sock with oatmeal (use gluten free oats if your child is sensitive to gluten), and place the sock over the faucet so the water run through the oatmeal, creating a milky oat bath to relax in. For an even easier bath, purchase colloidal oatmeal powder to add to bath water. Oatmeal baths are also wonderful for dry winter skin. 
  2. Chamomile Tea Bath: Chamomile flowers have anti inflammatory properties that can help relieve skin irritations. To make the bath, brew a strong cup of chamomile tea and add to bath water. However, if your child has seasonal allergies chamomile may not be suitable because it is a member of the ragweed family and may cause a reaction.
  3. Cucumber Compress: Have your little one be cool as a cucumber with this naturally soothing veggie! If eczema is isolated to a small area, place sliced or shredded cucumber onto the affected area to help cool the skin and relieve itching.
  4. Calendula Cream:Calendula is another flower that has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and has traditionally been used to treat skin irritations. Calendula creams can be found at most natural food stores.

As always, discuss home remedies with your health care provider to ensure that it is appropriate for your unique child.

Do you have your own home remedy for soothing eczema? We would love to hear about it!



Neocate Faces – Shannon

Posted 10.8.12 | Nutrition Specialist

At five weeks old, baby Shannon struggled to keep food down.  She vomited constantly and spit-up during feedings.  At five months old, the vomiting continued and Shannon’s symptoms worsened—rashes and eczema covered her body.

“Our five year old son told me that he didn’t like to sit next to Shannon because she was always getting sick,” says Megan, Shannon’s mother.  “It got to the point where we couldn’t take her to other people’s houses.”

 As it turned out, Shannon was suffering from food allergies, celiac disease and eosinophilic esophagitis.  

In the long months that followed, Shannon tried five different formulas and two different types of medicines for reflux, but nothing helped her eat or lessened her discomfort.

Then, at seven months old, Shannon was perscribed Neocate. Within two days her eyes brightened, her skin cleared and she no longer spit-up.

“We were amazed at the transformation,” says Megan. “Once Neocate was her primary food source, she never spit up again!” 

With Neocate, Shannon will have the opportunity to grow to be a happy, healthy girl, able to play with her brothers.

“I am so relieved,” says Megan.  “I know that all of Shannon’s nutritional needs are being met with Necoate.”

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