Similac Alimentum

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Breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for babies and exclusive breastfeeding is recommended by the Department of Health and World Health Organization for the first six months of life.1,2

In some breastfed babies, cow’s milk allergy can occur because of a reaction to the cow’s milk protein in the mother’s diet. If your baby has cow’s milk allergy, it is recommended that you continue to breastfeed. However, you may need to avoid cow’s milk in your diet. It is important that you seek the advice of a healthcare professional to ensure you continue to eat a balanced diet. For more information, refer to our advice for breastfeeding mums on going dairy-free page.

In some cases, babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy will need a specialist infant formula. Your child’s doctor, health visitor, pharmacist or dietitian will be able to advise you on the most appropriate one for your child.

About Similac Alimentum

Similac Alimentum is a specialist infant formula for babies who have been diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy and should be used under healthcare professional supervision.

Similac Alimentum is said to be “hypoallergenic” as the proteins have been broken down into tiny pieces (extensively hydrolysed) and are therefore less likely to be recognised by a baby’s immune system, reducing the likelihood of allergic symptoms in babies sensitive to cow’s milk protein.

Similac Alimentum has been specially formulated for babies with cow’s milk allergy to help alleviate their symptoms and to ensure they receive all the nutrients they need to grow and develop.

Breastfeeding is best for babies, and is recommended for as long as possible during infancy. Your child’s doctor, health visitor, pharmacist or dietitian will be able to advise if Similac Alimentum is suitable for your child.

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Who is Similac Alimentum suitable for?

Similac Alimentum is suitable for babies with an allergy to cow’s milk and may be used from birth onwards. It has been carefully developed to meet your baby’s nutritional needs in order to support growth and development. Similac Alimentum can also be used during weaning and can be fed from a cup or mixed with cereals and other solid foods.

Similac Alimentum is a specialist infant formula and should be used under healthcare professional supervision.

Breastfeeding is best for babies, and is recommended for as long as possible during infancy. Your child’s doctor, health visitor, pharmacist or dietitian will be able to advise if Similac Alimentum is suitable for your child.

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How does Similac Alimentum work?

Similac Alimentum is said to be “hypoallergenic” as the proteins have been broken down into tiny pieces (extensively hydrolysed) and are therefore less likely to be recognised by a baby’s immune system, reducing the likelihood of allergic symptoms in babies sensitive to cow’s milk protein. Common symptoms include eczema, colic, stomach pain, reflux, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation and wheezing.3

Breastfeeding is best for babies, and is recommended for as long as possible during infancy. Your child’s doctor, health visitor, pharmacist or dietitian will be able to advise if Similac Alimentum is suitable for your child.

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How to prepare Similac Alimentum

To prepare Similac Alimentum:4

  1. Thoroughly wash and rinse all equipment to be used in preparing the feed. Sterilise all utensils according to manufacturers’ instructions or boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Boil fresh tap water (not bottled water) and allow to cool for no longer than 30 minutes. Do not use artificially softened water or repeatedly boiled water.
  3. Wash your hands and clean the surface you are going to use.
  4. Pour the correct amount of warm, previously boiled water into the sterilised feeding bottle.
  5. Fill the scoop with Similac Alimentum powder, levelling with the back of a clean, dry, knife. Do not compress more powder into the scoop after you do this.
  6. Add one scoop of Similac Alimentum powder to each 30 ml of water. Only use the scoop provided.
  7. Re-assemble the bottle following manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. Shake the bottle well until the powder is completely dissolved.
  9. Cool quickly to feeding temperature by holding under a running tap, or placing in a container of cold water.
  10. Check the temperature by shaking a few drops onto the inside of your wrist - it should feel lukewarm, not hot.
  11. Discard any feed that has not been used within two hours after feeding begins.

Similac Alimentum can be fed from a cup or mixed with cereals and other solid foods. It is advisable to add Similac Alimentum as late as possible into recipes and to avoid prolonged heating (and do not boil) as some nutrients can be destroyed during the cooking process.

Breastfeeding is best for babies, and is recommended for as long as possible during infancy. Your child’s doctor, health visitor, pharmacist or dietitian will be able to advise if Similac Alimentum is suitable for your child.

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For more information on cow’s milk allergy and Similac Alimentum, speak to your doctor, health visitor, pharmacist or dietitian. You can also call our Freephone Nutrition Helpline on 0800 252882 or visit the Similac Alimentum page on Healthcounter, official online UK supplier of Abbott Nutrition products.

Click here to download our parent’s guide to understanding cow’s milk allergy.

References

  1. DOH, 2011: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publichealth/Nutrition/Nutritionpregnancyearlyyears/DH_127625 Accessed 10th April 2014.
  2. World Health Organization, 2011: http://www.who.int/features/qa/57/en/ Accessed 10th April 2014.
  3. NICE, 2011: http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/13348/53214/53214.pdf Accessed 11th April 2014.
  4. Food Standards Agency: http://multimedia.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/formulaguidance.pdf Accessed 10th April 2014.

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RXANI140121 Date of preparation: April 2014