Caused wattery diarrhoea and still caused reflux. Don't buy it.
Our newborn started on the original AR formula for reflux and regurgitation which was a dream. We researched heaps before we purchased the product and were so happy with our decision. Only a week after using, aptimal changed the formula - i feel so disappointed and anxious. Our baby had continuous wattery diarrhoea, we even took him to the hospital - he is clear of any health issues. He is hungry every two hours from 3-4 hours. Consistently changing his diaper. Changing his soiled clothes in the middle of winter at every change. Im talking 3 ti...mes in one hour. We then put him on the aptimal gold, it clears up the diarrhoea but now he spews and vomits after feeds plus chokes during feeding even when held upright cause it was so wattery. We then added the aptimal thickener, we are back at square one - wattery diarrhoea, regurgitation. This is mot mentioning our poor baby's tummy, cramps unease throughout. Why fix something that doesnt need to be fixed Karicare??? Our babies are our lives.
Not for my baby
Started using this with high hopes as the Aptamil reflux formula worked well for my bub, except he reacted badly with violent diarrhea so we had to take him off it. Started using the thickener instead with a different formula, and again immediately it gave my bub diarrhea. But this time accompanied by stomach cramping and it didn’t even stop him from spewing, it just came up thicker.
Buy the already thickened formula
Instead of using the thickener I actually bought aptimal gold already thickened formula as the thickener additive was just not working for my little one, would cry in pain especially over night after a weeks use, so I switched to the formula already thickened and it has been fantastic, I'm angry they have changed the product now though as it's less feed ratio. MY little one is still hungry afterwards. I can't get my hands on the old tins, she is 8 months old trust them to change it before she finishes with formula.
unfortunately not for every baby
We used this for our lactose intolerant baby to help with reflux. I initially thought it helped, but after 3-4 days have him horrendous explosive painful diarrhoea. He was in so much pain we had to stop. Worked for his reflux though, just not for his little belly.
Huge difference! Nothing has helped my daughters reflux as well as this product! The first day we tried it after a couple of bottles at the full dosage suggestion she did seem to have tummy pains and colicky symptoms so going forward we reduced her dose to 3/4 the recommended amount and no issues since!
RECOMMEND - Remember products are trial and error
I wish this worked for all those little tummy’s out there because I can’t recommend this enough.
My youngest had colic for the first 4 months and reflux.
I’m so glad I discovered this it was a life saver for her reflux, nice and heavy on her stomach to keep it all down.
Also slept 12 hours a night, coincidently enough, I stopped using it at 5 months and she wakes several times a night. She’s now 9 months and I’m contemplating going back on it. I was after paying bulk from Chemist Warehouse! Expensive but yet such a good product. Again, everyt...
Avoid this product!
Got this for my baby thinking it would help him feel more full and help with up chuck's.
Was I wrong! My 3 week old son and I haven't slept for the last two nights because he's had violent diarrhoea, I had to watch my poor baby shaking in pain and crying non stop. He wouldn't even take anymore bottles, he got so sick. He also now has a very raw bum with sores and screams every time I've got to clean him. Upon reading the ingredients it's ridiculous how much sugar is actually in this product! Way too much for any baby to be having. This horrible concoction should be pulled from shelves so no more babies suffer what my poor baby has gone through.
Purchased in October 2019.
This should come with a warning!!
My baby regurgitates a lot after his feeds so thought this would help him keep it down. Followed the recommended dose and after awhile my baby cried like I’ve never heard him before. Inconsolable. He was in so much pain. This gave my baby what I can only assume would be a tummy ache/cramps. He was also constipated after this- going bright red in the face trying to push.
After coming on here to read others reviews, I saw Nutrica’s replies saying to slowly introduce the amount so baby gets used to it. I don’t know why this isn’t on the packaging ...
Did not help at all
Done nothing with my 5 month old. No change what so ever. Still brings up milk after each feed. Used the recommended amount and nothing. Very disappointed I paid $18 for this.
Wish I purchased sooner
My baby was vomiting after every single feed, till our MCHN recommended we add this to her formula. Noticed a MASSIVE difference from the very first feed with it. My baby girl is even happier then before and sooo much more content and even sleeping better. Can’t recommend this product enough!
Did the job, but caused more issues
Bub required thickener due to formulas being too thin, causing her to choke constantly. The thickener worked in that it thickened the formula, but made her extremely constipated and windy. After many days and nights of bub screaming from wind & constipation pain we stopped using it and saw loads of improvement.
Not worth it.
We bought this to help with my son's bad reflux, it worked for about a week then started causing more issues. We only used 1/3 of a scoop per 100ml, just to ease it into his diet, but started causing bad tummy gas and diarrhea. He was screaming in pain from his tummy troubles. As soon as we stopped the thickener, he was back to normal the next day. I'd rather reflux than a baby in pain. The ingredients just don't suit an infant diet.
- Verified purchase
Bubs was always bringing up his milk, so I tried the feed thickener and added it into his milk, it started thickening his bottles straight away, and now he's not bringing up any more milk, my bubs isn't fussed by the thickener at all, its odorless and tasteless
Purchased in January 2019.
- Verified purchase
Not worth it
My bub has mild reflux and after trying almost everything my GP suggested adding thickener to the formula. I bought this one and has helped a bit with his reflux BUT it gave him occasional thick vomit, significant intake reduction and diarrhea. It also has too much sugar in it. I don't recommend it at all.
Really helped with baby reflux
This really helped us with my baby’s reflux, helped keep the milk down. My baby didn’t mind it at all, easy to use. Price was good too! Availability of the product was also good as some thickness can be hard to find! Product stayed fresh and lasted quite a while.
My baby was on this for a week before I realised it was the thickener causing so many issues.
She is CMPI and on a special elemental formula, however it is very thin and it was suggested to thicken to assist in reducing her reflux.
Well, what a total disaster... she had just come good being on the formula as dairy was completely eliminated from her system, and now she’s back to square one. Screaming every feed, significant reduction in intake, still vomiting but now with difficulty as it is much thicker. Diarrhea every single day, sometim...es multiple times. Nappy rash as a result of the diarrhea. Extreme cramping and tummy discomfort, that has subsequently affected her sleep. She is miserable and uncomfortable, and currently there is no relief. I can only hope this leaves her system quickly, but it truly has been a week from hell. I played around with the dosage as recommended with no success whatsoever. I spoke to a professional from Nutricia who said it couldn’t be the thickener causing these symptoms, and threw out the word ‘colic’ instead. Having seen the reviews on this site only confirmed what I had been already thinking. I just wish I’d read these reviews before purchasing.
Has worked wonders
Has worked wonders for my son. We’re on 1.5 scoops per 100mls due to aspirating feeds. He has stopped vomiting and it has helped his reflux. He has come on so much since we started using the thickener and is now gaining weight well. All in all a more happy comfortable feeder. My only wish is that it came in a bigger tin as it doesn’t last us long for us. Also I use a stool softener every three days to keeps things flowing nicely as I did notice a couple of hard stools not long after using it.
Omg it's like I have a completely different baby at 5wks old
My son was diagnosed with lactose intolerance at 2 weeks old. I was mixed feeding so I cut all dairy from my diet and had him on de lact still he was unsettled crying going red pushing his legs even when I held him. He would sleep and just wake up screaming so loud even tho his dhiarhea problem was solved. I tried wind drops I tried more breast to formula ratio and vice versa I didnt know why he never slept at night for more than 1- 2 hours. Then gp said sounds like reflux. I tried this tin and what a MIRACLE it has been. From the first bottle ...he changed he wAsnt fussing and screaming gagging while drinking he finished a whole bottle! And he slept for 4 hour intervals at night which for him is a FIRST. He did have more poos which I thought was odd as I assumed he would get constipated. But I read someone else's review said that after a few days constipation may be an issue. He is so calm happy and not crying like he used to. Thank God for this thickener.
Not Worth Spending
We bought this as our baby had really bad reflux from Bellamy's infant formula. Its same price as you can buy full tin of formula. It was keep blocking the teat of feeding bottle. Our baby really struggle to drink milk out a feeding bottle & baby also got upset stomach. Will not recommend for sure.
It was perfect until it JUST changed
This was amazing and working so well for my baby who has really bad reflux and is medicated. Since the formula has just CHANGED my baby has had non stop diarrhea. It’s our second can (so second week) please change it back. I’m not sure why you changed it ???
Questions & Answers
Hi my 16 month old has dysphagia and we have been using this product for thickening her milk for a year. Now she takes water as well can we use this product to thicken her water drinks to the same consistency? She cant tolerate thin liquids
Hi Emma, we would recommend that you give us a call on our Careline to discuss the specific needs of your daughter. You can ring us on 1800 438 500. We look forward to hearing from you soon! - Amanda
How many times a day can I put thickener in his bottle?
Hi Lana, You can use the Aptamil Feed Thickener in every bottle to help control baby's reflux. Cheers Sue Careline Nutritionist.
hi team, just after 24 hours of feed our little man is not pooing at all, which he used to 2-3 times before. Is it common?
We used only on the expressed breast milk.
Hi Ram, thank you for getting in touch. This can be normal. However, could I suggest you give the Careline a call so that we can ask a few more questions please? Warm regards - Lucie Careline Midwife 1800 438 500
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