Adoptive daughter came to us at 12 days old. Presumably healthy but she was not--she was drug-exposed (opiates--we've fostered infants with opiate exposure before so really, no biggie). We didn't find this out for a few months and in the meantime, she had what looked like wicked food allergies and wound up on Neocate.
Once on Neocate, she had diarrhea. This is absolutely the opposite reaction it is known for having. Any infant we've had on Neocate has come with standard orders for 1-2 oz/day of pear juice (depending on their size & age) to attempt to fight off the constipation.
So that baffled my very laid-back non-vaxing ped.
When we found out she was drug-exposed, we thought maybe the stomach issues early on WEREN'T food problems, but drug "backlash withdrawals" that upset her stomach really bad. To this day, we still don't know the drug levels and therefore have no clue how realistic this was. But at 1yo, we attempt to move her off of Neocate and onto regular formula and it fails miserably.
We are now at nearly 16mo. She doesn't eat enough table food really to rely on it as her sole diet. Not by a longshot. So formula is still her main source of calories, etc. She recently had a week of wicked diarrhea and although there's a stomach bug going around, doc says it doesn't last a full week of wicked diarrhea and vomiting.
Thing is: this is the same time she got wicked diarrhea last year (but it went on for a month last year vs. a week this year).
Doc felt strongly that her weird response to the formula was somehow related to her neurological issues (she had some delays, but is really doing well now). He's now revisiting that something isn't working right.
Anyone have thoughts on this?
Also, we're going to move to Neocate 1+ (more calories than infant version) or Neocate Jr. (same calories as 1+ with more minerals/nutrients).
Frankly, I'd love to just have her OFF formula. Bfing isn't an option at this point given her age. Thoughts on that?