Specialist milks

Coping with colic

Colic affects up to one in five babies, making it one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in babies.

Reflux

Reflux affects 30 per cent of infants. Also called regurgitation, it occurs when the stomach contents are brought back up into the oesophagus or mouth.

Constipation and diarrhoea

It can be difficult to know what’s ‘normal’ when it comes to an infant’s bowel movements, but symptoms of constipation and diarrhoea are easy to spot.

Allergies and intolerance

Food allergies and food intolerances are not the same and it is essential to understand how to distinguish between the two conditions.

Infant eczema

When discussing infant formula milks, you may not automatically think of atopic eczema. Yet intact cows’ milk protein can increase the risk of eczema in babies with a family history of allergy.

Faltering growth

Most babies lose weight after birth and then start regaining it at around two weeks of age. However, faltering growth (or failure to thrive) is when a baby does not gain weight at the expected rate.

Pre-term/low birthweight babies

The phrase ‘pre-term’ applies to babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Pre-term babies have minimal body reserves of nutrients and immature body systems.

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