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Old 05-24-2008, 10:11 PM   #1
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Are there any hypoallergenic formulas that don't have DHA/ARA?

Ds is on allimentum but with all the concern about dha/ara I'd really like to switch to a non one... I know regular good start has it without.. and I'm going to try that... but I think he really has a protein milk/soy intolerance.. so I'm wondering if there's one that helps that but doesn't have the dha/ara. Thanks!
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eeekkk??? i dont know of one. i would like to find one as well. i switched DS to the goodstart, but it is milk based, and he was one lactose free, and i dont think it is agreeing with him. im gonna give it a few more days to see if his tummy just needed to work out the change, but i dont know what to do if his tummy just doesnt like it... its sad that we dont have more options!
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Re: Are there any hypoallergenic formulas that don't have DHA/ARA?

found out alimentum ready to feed doesn't have dra/ara YAY!!!!
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Re: Are there any hypoallergenic formulas that don't have DHA/ARA?

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found out alimentum ready to feed doesn't have dra/ara YAY!!!!
Unfortunately thats not true.. DH was on it in 2006 and even then it all had it in. It says tested without because the tests were done years ago BEFORE dha/ara was introduced. Theyve all been discontinued now.

Neocate I believe is the only hypollergenic formula that makes one w/o it.. but it costs about $50 a can.
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Re: Are there any hypoallergenic formulas that don't have DHA/ARA?

Yeah I figured that out when I went to the store yesterday.
Ds wasn't tolerating the alimentum well anyway, so we are now trying neocate. He had a REALLY good morning.... first morning in a long time he didn't scream through his feeding.... so I'm hopeful and crossing my fingers. The Neocate is $37/can at our walmart pharmacy. We have wic though so if it works we'll get his prescription switched to neocate.
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What's the issue with the DHA? I thought it was suppose to help brain growth and make it more like Breastmilk?

Just haven't heard that one?
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Re: Are there any hypoallergenic formulas that don't have DHA/ARA?

I couldn't find any alimentum without today when shopping. We are going to try neocate, Hoping he does better with it.

dha/ara stuff I'll link you to a thread about it... but there's stuff if you google too. bak onehanded
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Re: Are there any hypoallergenic formulas that don't have DHA/ARA?

It might be the alimentium ready to feed that is without? I know it is the only one w/o corn, as well, which some kids are reactive to.
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Re: Are there any hypoallergenic formulas that don't have DHA/ARA?

Most of the ready to feed is WITH DHA/ARA now too, I went to toysrus, target, and walmart.. all had RTF alimentum WITH it... I know it was and may still be made without since the formula can top says "studies tested on rtf without dha/ara". Doh.
We're going to try the neocate... it does have corn syrup and ds takes corn syrup for constipation...
What symptoms would he have if the corn was bothering him? I'm actually (and my grandma) allergic to corn, I get itchy and hives/welts.
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Re: Are there any hypoallergenic formulas that don't have DHA/ARA?

IIRC, the neocate corn is broken up? Is it not?

FWIW, specific allergies aren't inherited -- you may happen to have the same allergy as your grandma, but that would be because corn is a common allergen. What is inherited is tendency to be allergic, as you have found out, unfortunately, as have I!

It depends on if it would be an intolerance or a traditional allergy. Traditional allergy could be vomiting, rash, hives, etc, intolerance could be green mucosy poop, more GI stuff. I wouldn't point at corn for reflux, though, that would be more likely to be dairy/soy, as you said

Oh, and since you mention the MPSI, I'm guessing he's not tolerating the standard over the counter stuff and that's why you're moving on, but I definitely wouldn't go to Neocate for the DHA/AHA bit alone. I don't know if you're using a sample can or have been fully informed of the horrific cost, but it can max out over $900 a month. We narrowly avoided it and were very fortunate, as it can be very difficult to fight that battle w/ insurance and they often won't cover it without a scope/biopsy/etc that shows need.
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