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Sep 07, 2008
nicholas'smom
thickeners
Just wondering if any of you use thickeners. I have been thickening Nicholas's formula with rice cereal for about 2 1/2 months. I noticed eczema about two weeks after starting that just seems to be getting worse. I am not sure if the rice is causing the eczema. I tried not thickening at all and thickening with oatmeal. Both were bad-the oatmeal worse. His reflux flared up and he got a rash on his face. My main question is do the thickeners help to keep the food down or are they just to aid swallowing (which Nicholas does need also)? Any advice appreciated. Thanks
Sep 07, 2008
engin117
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our docs tell us that it helps keep the food down. Our local pharmacy sells flavored and flavored free powder for this. I did not know it till recently when we no longer have a use for it. I will try to find the name and post.
Sep 07, 2008
engin117
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Sep 07, 2008
mdbarbagallo
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Our allergist (and 9,000 moms on here) suggest/s Thick-It and Simply Thick. They are calorie and allergen free. I never ended up going down this road, but I can tell you that Sebastian had a TERRIBLE time eatign both of those two cereals.

Rice cereal was incredibly hard to digest, and I think that is true for many babies - I think the only reason is touted as a safe first food is that it is not considered allergenic at all - most kids (even mine, shockingly enough) are not allergic to rice. We also had a horrific time with oatmeal - bad reflux, vomiting, screaming fits, eczema, face rash, bad gas - and I think now that it was because he is allergic to wheat and the Earth's Best oatmeal we tried contained traces of wheat (we didn't know about his wheat allergy at that point).

That said, I'd suggest trying one of those two thickeners before continuing with the cereals...good luck! Poor little guy!!

Sep 07, 2008
kmom
Worry Wart mom to
27 mo. reformed "happy spitter"
34.8lbs , 37in tall(oct)
Diagnosed A/R at 6 wks
Zantac until 1yr then Prevacid
Med free since February 08
peanut & egg allergies...still
Zoo Boo Trick-or-Treating (pic).
Generally, rash/eczema is MSPI not the cereal.
Sep 07, 2008
mommyto2
BRANDON-Zantac and Bethanacol; Neocate formula, 2 sets of ear tubes, Adnoids removed, Vasomotor Rhinits, Asthma. Currently on: Xyzal, Omnaris, Flovent and Xopenex,
AUBREY-Zegerid 2x a day, Soy Milk, Tubes put in and adnoids removed (11-7), Hypotonia, ECI therapy for low muscle tone throughout trunk and hips, oral motor issues and sensory integration issues, delayed speech, Teething, probiotics
PICTURE: Aubrey in her cute cat outfit. If you look you can see how her right foot turns in. She walks that way as well. It is not as exaggerated in the morning's but gets worse in the evenings. This was after her nap.
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If he has MSPI then thick it would be out. I would stick to Simply thick. Not sure if he does or what formula you are using.
Sep 07, 2008
slimfast13
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
We always used Beechnut oatmeal cereal (no soy) and it worked very well, since she also needed the extra fiber and calories. We never had much of the swallowing issues. Hope the other moms have advice for you, since we had no issues with the cereal.
Sep 07, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie. Diagnosed with reflux at 3 weeks and put on Zantac. At 8 months old she was removed from Zantac as it was giving her migraines, currently on Prevacid. Switched to Elecare since she is not gaining weight; trialing solids after being off for a month. Geneticist said reason she isn't gaining weight is she is stubborn. Upcoming appts.: Neurologist for developmental delay and EGD scheduled for September. She is one funny baby!
Well, Katie got eczema after eating avocado but not rice or oats. I will say that she does terrible on rice. There is another post about thickners from Mely today and other moms say it helps like the rice cereal should.
Sep 08, 2008
nicholas'smom
I keep asking the docs if we should try elacare or neocate but because he has no symptoms other than the eczema, they say not to switch and don't seem too conserned about the eczema. Of course, it's not their baby. I also wonder if the reflux wouldn't be better if we got him off of whatever is the culprit, be it rice or formula. I may try the simply thick as thick has corn. I'm afraid he might be allergic to that too.
Check with your
doctor first!