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May 05, 2009
nithya
Thickening formula
We seem to be caught up in a vicious cycle when it comes to thickening feeds. Just plain formula - causes a reflux flare up in my 3.5 month old daughter. Prevacid is already making her constipated, adding rice cereal to every bottle makes her rock hard constipated. Adding Oatmeal cereal to her bottle makes her horribly gassy... Please give me more info about Simply Thick / Thick It. My ped doesn't seem to have heard of them. What are these thickeners made off ? How do they work ? Do they have any side effects such as constipation / gas ?
May 05, 2009
mom2adriane&morgan
Adriane Reese 05/16/07; seemingly healthy when born; diagnosed with MSPI, severe Reflux, Apnea, Ashtma, Epilepsy, and severe food allergies(rice, corn, milk, soy, eggs, oats, wheat, beef, chicken, squash, pumpkin, avocado, etc.);On apnea monitor, seems to be tolerating RCF w/carbohydrate mixed in; on Zyrtec, Xopenex, Prevacid
I'm not sure about the side effects but I do know that most of them are made with corn. It doesn't say corn but is it a by product or something like that. Zantham gum. Not sure I spelled that right. I know that Adriane can't have it because of her allergies. If you don't have allergy problems I think it would be a good thing.
May 05, 2009
mommato3
Thick It is made of corn starch so if you have allergies.... It also gets thicker as it sits out so if your child is a slow drinker it can get quite thick. We have had great success with Simply Thick. It is made with Zantham gum. I don't know anyone who is allergic to that although I guess it could happen. It stays the same thickness and doesn't change regardless of how long it is in there. You can go to Simply Thick website. I love the stuff. No side effects for us.
May 05, 2009
mom2adriane&morgan
Adriane Reese 05/16/07; seemingly healthy when born; diagnosed with MSPI, severe Reflux, Apnea, Ashtma, Epilepsy, and severe food allergies(rice, corn, milk, soy, eggs, oats, wheat, beef, chicken, squash, pumpkin, avocado, etc.);On apnea monitor, seems to be tolerating RCF w/carbohydrate mixed in; on Zyrtec, Xopenex, Prevacid
Zantham gum is made from fermentation of corn. It is a sugar that comes from corn. I know that lots of people still don't have a problem with it but a severe allergy to corn could be a problem with zantham gum. I think that if you don't have allergies or aren't seeing any symptoms though that Simply Thick is a great product that I only wish we could use. Good luck with figuring things out.
May 05, 2009
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
This might answer some of your questions too:

http://www.simplythick.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=CA4BE6CD-BC17-475B-9625C9223C3C4A6F
May 05, 2009
isobel'smamma
Sara, Mom to Isobel 10/01/08 Dx Silent reflux @ 6 wks. Prevacid 22.5mg split in 2 doses. Pepcid .5ml twice a day. Diagnostically confirmed milk protein, egg and cat allergy. Suspected corn, pea and squash allergy. Trialed Alimentum and Elecare without success, currently on Isomil Advance RTF with moderate success. Barium Swallow and UGI 3/08 Pondering a ph probe and endoscopy.
Simply Thick is xanthan gum. When I called the company they said it was not corn based but a byproduct of a bacteria. I know that there are two different ways of making xanthan gum but honestly, I am not too educated about it. I will say that it took a couple days for the simply thick customer service go get back to me because they had to "research my question" I'd call the manufacturer to get more detailed info. It didn't work for my girl so I never looked into it any further.

There is also a product available in France (and just recently in Mexico) called Gumilk. It's a locust bean based thickener but you have to heat the formula to 60C to activate it. Not terribly convenient for nighttime feeds but I've met some ms who swear by it.

May 07, 2009
lindy wyatt
Simply Thick
Have been using simply thick in Adeline's bottle since she was about four weeks old. 11 months now. I tried thickening with rice cereal and that was a nightmare. Our feeding specialist recommened it. Was using alimentum ready to serve. 16 ounces, two packets of simply thick and would mix it in the dr. browns pitcher and used the dr. brown colic bottles. Do not shake! REALLY helped. Think it does cause gas though. I order off the internet. My daughter is a severe refluxer since birth. I switched to Nestle's Good Start about three months ago, purple can, no DHA, and made a huge difference. It only comes in powder. I do 17 ounces of water, one packet of the simply thick now and 10 scoops and that gets me to about 24 calories per serving. She is still only taking about 4.5 ounces every feed, every three hours during the day. Hope this helps. This product really saved us!
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