For the first month of Grey’s life, he was doing just fine on the Similac Advance Instant Formula they had started him on at the hospital. However, we began to notice that he would get extremely fussy before bedtime. We took to Google to find answers, and read everything about colic to the ‘witching hour,’ but he didn’t just seem fussy he appeared to be in pain. The only thing that helped was to walk and bounce him nonstop for hours (thank goodness for our Moby Wrap Baby Carrier). At first, we attributed it to gas, trying every remedy under the sun: a variety of gas drops, colic tablets, water, burping, etc. When none of those worked, we decided it was time to change formula. We went through three more formulas over the next couple of months with the same results, except he also began to break out in eczema from head-to-toe, would vigorously rub his feet together, had a bloated belly and a red ring appeared on his bottom.
At this point we decided to switch to Enfamil Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Formula. I was extremely tentative about switching to a hypoallergenic formula after reading all of the warnings about consulting a doctor before switching, but in the end I felt I knew what Grey needed and took the plunge. From day one, we saw a difference–he was happier, we didn’t have to bounce (as much), and no more breakouts!
Some very smart moms who helped us make the decision to put Grey on Hypoallergenic formula:
For reference here is our formula journey:
Similac Advance Instant Formula
Gerber Good Start Soothe Powder Formula
Gerber Good Start Gentle Powder Formula
Similac Alimentum Instant Formula
Enfamil Nutramigen Instant Formula
Some parents choose hypoallergenic formula from the start, regardless of an existing allergy, but if you are unaware of any intolerance or allergy, I would definitely try the sensitive formulas first.