Frequently asked questions about Neocate.

If you have any concerns about your baby, you should contact your doctor and/or dietitian for advice.

  • 1. My baby’s bowel movements have changed since beginning Neocate. Is this normal?

    Yes this is perfectly normal! Stools can change in consistency and color when a child is introduced to an amino acid formula such as Neocate.

    The reason for this is that Neocate is a very simple form of nutrition. It tends to get absorbed by the body high up in the gut meaning that very little of its nutrients pass into the large intestine. The large intestine is home to millions of bacteria that perform a number of functions including the breakdown of bile (a green substance) which your body naturally produces. These bacteria get less nutrition while your child is on Neocate and their numbers fall, so reducing the breakdown of bile.

    This means that more bile is present in your child’s stool giving them a green color. This process is a natural effect of taking Neocate and does not affect your baby.

  • 2. I am breastfeeding and my doctor has prescribed my baby Neocate. How do I introduce Neocate?

    Breastfeeding is the best for babies. If your Doctor suspects that your baby has CMA and you have already tried eliminating cows' milk from your diet, you may be advised to try Neocate if symptoms have not resolved. If your baby has been fully breastfed, it may take a little extra perseverance to get baby to take Neocate when it is prescribed. It may be helpful to:

    Check with your Doctor if Neocate is in addition to, or to replace breastfeeds. * Get someone other than you to give the baby Neocate for the first few feeds. * If the baby is also taking solid foods, perhaps only give solid foods after the formula has been taken. * Make sure the mother expresses her breasts when they feel full for a few days until the supply of breast milk decreases then ceases. Also check for breast lumps and bumps, then massage them away to avoid developing mastitis.

  • 3. My baby’s appetite has increased since starting Neocate. Is this normal?

    Yes. Your appetite can be impaired when you are generally not feeling well and/or have gut inflammation. As an elimination diet using Neocate improves gut discomfort and distress, a child’s mood and health should improve, which may help to improve appetite. Neocate has also been shown to promote catch-up growth in children with food allergies. As children grow, energy demands increase, as well as their need for formula intake. You should continue to provide Neocate made up according to the instructions, i.e. 1 scoop (4.9 g) to 30ml water. You can increase the amount of feeds if necessary.

  • 4. What makes Neocate different from other formulae?

    Neocate is elemental. This means that the proteins in Neocate are in their simplest and purest form so they are easier for the body to process and digest. Neocate is based on 100% free amino acids. These are the building blocks of protein and, unlike formed whole proteins, do not cause allergic inflammation. Other formulae are composed of whole proteins or whole protein fragments (hydrolysates) which are derived from cows' milk or soy. These have the potential to cause allergic inflammation.

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  • 5. Will Neocate Infant formula meet all of my child’s nutritional needs?

    Neocate LCP is formulated to meet the daily nutritional requirements of an infant. If you are concerned that your child is not gaining weight or growing adequately consult your Doctor and/or Dietitian. They will be able to assess if nutritional needs are being met and if dietary adjustments are necessary.

  • 6. When will I see an improvement after starting Neocate?

    If your child has been experiencing negative symptoms for some time, his or her condition may take time to improve. Severe allergies can cause inflammation and irritation to the affected areas. This will take time to heal. It is important during this time to keep your child exclusively on Neocate and not give any other formula or foods unless otherwise directed by the doctor or dietitian. If your child has been on solids, it is important to make sure that those foods or ingredients suspected of causing a problem are completely eliminated from the diet. Use only those foods recommended by your child’s doctor or dietitian. In clinical studies an elimination diet using Neocate has been shown to improve gastrointestinal symptoms of cows' milk allergy such as diarrhoea, blood in the stools and vomiting in just 3 days and improving gastroesophageal reflux and skin irritations, such as eczema and atopic dermatitis in just 14 days.

  • 7. What is Neocate?

    Neocate is a hypoallergenic, powdered infant formula consisting of 100% free amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. Neocate is designed to meet all the nutritional requirements needed for normal growth and development in infants and children. Neocate is designed for the dietary management of cows' milk allergy and multiple food protein intolerance.