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Nutrition & Weight Loss : Similac Advance & Stomach Issues


My name is Christine Marquette and I am a
registered dietitian with the Austin Regional Clinic and I am going to talk to you about
Similac Advance and stomach issues. Similac Advance is an infant baby formula that has
had actually pretty good response from the majority of the people who have used it. Of
course there are some people who have reported some adverse effects. In any infant there
is the risk of food intolerances or food allergies and some of the side effects that have been
reported have had similar problems such as cramping, bloating or diarrhea. Basically
the infant is presenting with symptoms similar to colic so in this case it is basically that
the infant just does not tolerate the actual Similac. It can include soy so that can definitely
be an allergen but the vast majority of infants that have used Similac have not had any adverse
effects, no stomach issues and they have tolerated it well, they have been gaining weight at
appropriate levels and growing at appropriate levels. So for the vast majority of infants
Similac Advance has not caused any stomach issues but again be very cautious and when
using it keep track of the number of dirty diapers that your infant is having if you
are using Similac Advance and notify your pediatrician if there is anything that is
changing, if they are not having actual dirty diapers, they could be constipated and if
they are having an excessive number then they have diarrhea and either one of those needs
to be remedied. So make sure you keep a lot of track of the number of dirty diapers your
infant has. Also if they are exhibiting any symptoms such as bloating or if they are very
colicky you definitely need to talk to your pediatrician and see about switching the formula.

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