Side Effects and Benefits: Can switching formula hurt my baby?

We all parents know how much we care about our children. It’s natural to always be looking out for the best ways to nurture them specially in the first stages of their upbringing as a beautiful and tender little baby. Hence, it’s not uncommon to hear from mommies and daddies who are worried about switching baby formula side effects. Especially nowadays, with all the brands and types available in the market it’s very easy to get tangled trying to decide whether or not to switch them to a different brand or type. In this article we will tackle this very common concern.

Whatever the reason for the change may be, you need to pay close attention to your child during the transition from the old formula to the new one. Look out for symptoms such as diarrhea, gases and stomach bloating, which can be caused by a new ingredient. Don’t be so worried though if the effects are mild. It’s very important to use common sense. An infant’s stomach is not fully developed until years later and it is extremely sensitive to any changes in diet.

However If strong or severe symptoms occurs it’s best to switch back to the formula your child can tolerate. Also look out for how much formula you baby takes daily as a decrease could indicate that he or she is not particularly fond of the new brand’s taste. You can also smooth out the transition with the 1/4-3/4, 1/2-1/2 and 3/4-1/4 method. With the last can of the old formula and the first of the new one you can mix it in the aforementioned proportions in every meal, staying a couple days in each step until the transition is complete. If there’s any new ingredient causing symptoms you can ease out the transition this way.

It is very important to note that side effects for switching a baby’s formula is actually very uncommon if you only switch brands and not the type. This is due mainly because, and this is not known to everyone, most baby formulas are fundamentally the same. The US’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and some other similar agencies worldwide have very strict regulations for all baby formulas in the market and oblige all manufacturers to include the same essential nutrients on every formula.

So whatever you choose to give them, you can rest assured he or she is getting the same mandatory ingredients so much needed for their nutrition. Therefore you need to be specially alert for any symptoms if you are transitioning between different types of formulas, which can be cow milk based formula (the most common), soy milk (the most popular substitute), hydrolyzed, or any other.

The most important thing is to stay informed, and asking your trusted pediatrician is always good advice. Whatever you decide will be in your child’s best interest and there’s no one best suited to give her or him the care they deserve than yourself.

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