A good alternative to breast milk is the “Nestogen hypoallergenic” mixture. Pediatricians recommend it when a woman, for various reasons, cannot breastfeed her baby.
This GA-mixture contains probiotics and prebiotics that protect the child’s body from various manifestations of allergic reactions. Positive feedback from young mothers confirms this.
Let’s consider in detail the benefits and varieties of baby food that saves from allergies.
Distinctive features of hypoallergenic mixtures
Mother’s breast milk is the best food for a newborn. However, not every woman succeeds in maintaining lactation. Some have little milk, others do not have it at all.
In such situations, the pediatrician advises to introduce a special mixture into complementary foods. There are many of them, not every organism of a newborn assimilates well: allergic reactions in the form of dysbiosis and redness on the skin are possible.
Hypoallergenic mixtures, for example, “Nestogen”, will help to avoid such troubles. This is the name of specialized food (there are powders and ready-made compounds on sale), which is intended for the treatment and prevention of allergies in infants and children aged 6-12 months.
The main difference between hypoallergenic baby food and other types is that it does not contain natural milk proteins.
It cannot harm a baby who has an individual intolerance to cow’s milk protein. For example, for the prevention of allergic manifestations, pediatricians recommend giving the child “Nestogen”, this powder contains pro- and prebiotics that normalize the bowel function.
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Varieties of baby food
You can buy hypoallergenic “Nestogen” and other HA-mixtures in pharmacies or specialized stores (online stores). The list is quite large.
According to their composition, they are divided into several groups:
- dairy-free (no cow protein, they contain soy protein, developed for children from birth, whose body does not assimilate milk protein),
- low-lactose and lactose-free (designed for babies whose body does not absorb lactose),
- adapted proteins, for example, the hypoallergenic “Nestogen” (prescribed if the allergy is severe, recommended for premature babies and infants diagnosed with hypotrophy – underweight),
- dairy without the amino acid phenylalanine (specially designed for young patients with hereditary disease “phenylketonuria” inability of the body to assimilate amino acids that come with protein food),
- gluten-free (recommended for babies whose body does not absorb cereals well).
The mixture is not suitable for children from 6 months
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Preventive baby food
All HA-mixtures are divided into two large groups: prophylactic and therapeutic. The first ones (these include “Nestogen hypoallergenic”) contain partially split protein.
They are prescribed if:
- the child may develop allergies (for example, if his parents are allergic),
- the first signs of allergy to cow’s milk protein appeared (mother eats a lot of dairy products, cow’s milk protein enters the baby’s body through breast milk),
- for three months, remission (weakening, up to complete disappearance) of the allergy is observed.
Unlike prophylactic ones, therapeutic mixtures contain completely hydrolyzed (split) protein (it is divided into small molecules – peptides), which is better absorbed by the child’s body.
The following types of medicinal mixtures are known: whey, casein, soy.
Hypoallergenic baby food
Types of medicinal mixtures
Whey contains substances obtained during the breakdown of whey. They have a high nutritional value. They are prescribed for premature babies and those who are poorly gaining weight.
But, according to reviews, some children refuse to eat such food. The reason is a bitter taste.
Casein proteins contain casein hydrolyzate (a special type of protein in a split form that rarely causes allergies). Their nutritional value is lower, and the bitter taste is more pronounced.
They are prescribed for severe allergies. Choosing the right food is often a matter of experience.
Soy formula contains soy protein. This is a dairy-free, lactose-free food. It is prescribed when the child is allergic to cow or goat milk.
But it contains fewer amino acids than milk formula, and these substances are necessary for the development of the central nervous system, the baby’s brain.
Popular GA mixtures
Modern Russian and foreign manufacturers of hypoallergenic baby food offer a wide variety of products. Which one is better can be determined based on the advice of a pediatrician and feedback from mothers.
In addition, parents often use a trial and error method: they give the baby one or the other powder and monitor the reaction of their child.
The list of the most popular brands is as follows:
- Bellakt and others.
Popular hypoallergenic (HA) blends
Composition and advantages of “Nestozen”
Hypoallergenic powder “Nestogen” was developed by the Swiss company Nestle. It contains partially split protein, prebiotics, probiotics, vitamins and minerals necessary for the child’s body.
The yellowish powder dissolves quickly in water without leaving lumps. “Nestogen” does not contain palm oil, its composition is close to breast milk.
It has a sweet taste, a pleasant smell: children do not refuse such a mixture. There are rare cases when a baby, whom his mother feeds with “Unstimulated”, has allergies, stool disorders or colic.
The balanced content of probiotics and prebiotics has a positive effect on the growth, physiological development of infants and children over 6 months.
“Nestogen” is sold in cardboard boxes. The powder itself is placed in a sealed foil bag (according to some women, it is inconvenient to get the mixture from the bottom of such a bag).
Inside there is a special measuring spoon, it can be used as a clamp. “Nestogen” gained great popularity among parents for a relatively low cost: for a 350-gram pack you have to pay an average of 250 rubles.
Experts explain its low price as follows: the manufacturer produces the hypoallergenic “Nestogen” in cardboard packaging, not a tin can.
The composition of this powder differs little from the expensive one. For comparison, we present the characteristics of other mixtures in comparison with “Nestogenom”.
Brief description of expensive food
Nestlé supplies the market not only with the affordable hypoallergenic Nestogen, but also with the more expensive NAN. The powder dissolves well and is practically free of bitter taste. Its disadvantages: high price (from 800 rubles for a pack weighing 400 grams), possible constipation in a child.
More expensive than the hypoallergenic “Nestogen” is Nutrilon. Developed by specialists from the Dutch company “Nutricia”, this GA-mixture contributes to the normal development of the central nervous system, brain, and protects against intestinal infections. The disadvantage is the high price (from 650 rubles per 400 grams), possible stool disorders.
Reviews about food “Baby” (products of the “Nutricia” company) are both positive and negative. You will also have to pay more for it than for the hypoallergenic “Nestogen” (from 350 rubles for 350 grams), but this HA-mixture may not be suitable for the baby.
Features of cheap mixtures
Among the cheap powders, there are also good ones. In addition to the hypoallergenic “Nestogen”, the child can be given, for example, “Nutrilac”. This powder is produced by the Russian company InfaPrim (INFAPRIM).
It does not contain palm or rapeseed oil, it has a positive effect on the development of the brain, the growth of the baby’s muscle tissue. It is appreciated for its relatively low cost (from 550 rubles for 350 grams), but it is not suitable for all children.
In contrast to the hypoallergenic “Nestogen”, this HA-mixture has a bitter taste, its smell may seem unpleasant.
The “Bellakt” developed by Belarusian specialists are also among the inexpensive ones. This food saves from colic, does not irritate the intestines, has a beneficial effect on the growth and development of the baby.
It costs a little more than the hypoallergenic “Nestozhena” from 450 rubles for 350 grams. Disadvantage: in some children, it causes an individual intolerance to certain components.
How to choose hypoallergenic baby food?
Children’s hypoallergenic food should be given to a child only as directed by a doctor and only after passing the necessary tests. The doctor selects the mixture taking into account those allergic manifestations that are observed in the baby.
If the risk of allergies is high, the infant is prescribed a prophylactic mixture, for example, the hypoallergenic “Nestogen” or NAN. If the disease is mild, moderate, the small patient is prescribed mixtures containing split whey protein.
For severe allergies, casein mixtures. It so happens that the pediatrician recommends to use several types of GA-mixtures with a similar composition.
In such a situation, parents need to gradually give the baby a single powder, for example, the hypoallergenic “Nestogen”, and monitor the reaction of the child’s body. If colic, dysbiosis, allergic rashes appear, the powder is changed.
HA-mixtures are sold in cans or, as hypoallergenic “Nestogen”, in cardboard boxes. They must be labeled “GA” or “HA”, which means “hypoallergenic” or “hyppoallergenic”, respectively.
Next to the name of the mixture are the numbers “1” or “2”. This is an indication of the child’s age. Meals with the number “1” are specially designed for babies, with the number “2” for children over the age of 6 months.
When choosing a powder, pay attention to its composition (there should be no palm, coconut or rapeseed oils), date of manufacture and shelf life.
The price in this case is not so important, since powders of different price categories may contain the same components. Another way to choose the best baby food is to read parent reviews.
“Non-hypoallergenic” is an inexpensive food intended for infants and children over 6 months of age who are prone to allergies.
Sold in cardboard boxes weighing 350 g or 700 g. The box is marked “GA” and the numbers “1” (for babies from birth to six months) or “2” (for children aged 6-12 months).
“Nestozhen” has a yellowish tint, sweet taste. In some children, it causes allergies, stool disorders, but mothers appreciate it for its high quality and affordable price.
Alexandra 24 years old
I tried to give the hypoallergenic “Unestogen” to my son when he was 2 months old. The child has a rash on the skin. Our allergist advised me to take Allegard drops so that they would enter the child’s body together with breast milk, on the third day the rashes disappeared and there was no more allergy to “Nestogen”. I’m glad.
Ksyusha 20 years old
The hypoallergenic mixture “Nestogen” is just great, and my baby really likes it. We tried different mixtures, but this one came up both in price and in quality. It’s strange that she has negative reviews.
Lyudmila 30 years old
Unsigned is the best. It protects against allergies, tastes good and dissolves well. I give it to my daughter from 3 months. It contains prebiotics: my daughter’s tummy works like a clock.