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Jun 23, 2010
sorley bouton
Thickening Tips booklet
Hello all,

My name is Sorley and I am a student at Frostburg State University. I am doing a summer internship at PAGER, and I am working on a project based on the best thickening recipes and tips using for babies with reflux.

Any comments will be helpful towards the completion of this thickening booklet and any input from the parents is encouraged. So post your best recipes or whatever else seemed to work best for you, or what didn't work at all...

Beth and I have been experimenting with a lot of different brands of formula, cereal, oatmeal, and other thickeners, and we have had a lot of successful results showing us which thickeners work better or worse. The goal is to compare the results and create it into a booklet for YOU! So let us know what you think!
Jun 23, 2010
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.
Earth's Best Organic Rice Cereal @ a ratio of 1Tbsp per 2oz formula. The Earth's Best seemed to thicken more than Gerber or the like. Tried Simply Thick but it seemed very gooey rather than just thick.
Jun 24, 2010
adelines mom
we started using simply thick in adeline's bottle around the fourth week of birth. She was on alimentum. Think we we were using a packet and a half of the nectar making enough for four bottles at a time, 24 cal per bottle. would put it in the doctor's brown stirring pitcher and pump 100 times. eventually dropped to one packet and then a half packet. we used simply think for about 13 months. do think it caused some gas, but was a life saver! we started feeding adeline pureed #1'and 2's at seven months with the gerber organic rice cereal, then moved immediately to their organic oatmeal. think the rice bothered her. did NOT have luck mixing the cereal in her bottle. that was a nightmare and DO not try the karo syrup. tried that and the reflux was WORSE! we eventually added their organic brown rice and she is still eating the oatmeal in the am and the brown rice at dinner at two years old with other purees. i pour some of her bottle in the cereal and mix it up.
Jun 24, 2010
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.
See? Proof that every kid needs something different to get through the day. It's so much trial and error.
Jun 24, 2010
sorley bouton
Thank you! Earth's Best Organic Rice Cereal is something that we have not tried yet. We had very good results with the Gerber, but now I'm interested in comparing it to Earth's Best.
Jun 28, 2010
sorley bouton
I am going to start typing up the results from my experiments for this thickening booklet today, so it should be finished in the next week or so. Are there any other recommendations for thickening that anyone would like to add before this forum outlives its purpose?
Jun 28, 2010
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.
Have you run across GuMilk? It's available in France and Mexico. It's a granular powder from a legume of some sort. You have to heat the fluid to almost 160F to activate the thickener and then wait for it to cool before giving it to baby. The heatig is why we never used it - at that temp you destroy nutrients- but I know it's very popular overseas. I had the chance to play with some and found it gooey rather than just thick, a bit like Simply Thick.
Jul 04, 2010
samsam
thickeners
I feel like I could go on and on about just trying to thicken with rice. I don't know why that is the first recommended thickener. Anyway, I struggled with rice cereal and tried several different suggestions to get rice into Clara who is almost 100% tube fed. Most of the issues were that no matter what tips I followed, the rice ended up being very inconvenient and therefore stressful. It might have worsened Clara's constipation, too. For almost two weeks, Clara has done very well with xanthan gum (what Thick It really is but with extra preservatives). I buy xanthan gum in powder form from a health food store. I mix one tablespoon in 8 oz. water and intermittently shake it over a half day until it all dissolves. Then I tweaked the amount to add to her 150 cc formula until I found one that I liked that ran through the high flow nipple and tube well. For us, that ends up being 2 teaspoons gum to 150 cc formula. It runs through the tube much more easily and large amounts of formula can be prepared in advance, unlike with rice. We later decided to add Duocal for the calories the xanthan gum does not provide without trouble.
Check with your
doctor first!