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INFANT FORMULAS (Systemic)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S.—
Infant formulas are used to supply all or part of the nutrients infants need for growth and development. These formulas are used by the body for energy and to form substances for normal body functions.
The amount and type of nutrients contained in infant formulas are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA also regulates the manufacturing process, labeling, and recall procedure for infant formulas.
Infant formulas are available without a prescription. However, they should only be used under medical supervision. They are available in the following forms:
Before Using This Infant Formula
If you are giving your infant this infant formula, carefully read and follow any precautions on the label. For infant formulas, the following should be considered:
Allergies—Tell your doctor if your infant has ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to infant formulas. Also tell your health care professional if your infant is allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Children—Problems may occur if the infant formula is not mixed properly or is not used under medical care.
Medicines, dietary supplements, or infant formulas—Although certain medicines, dietary supplements, or infant formulas should not be used together at all, in other cases they may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the feeding schedule, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are giving your infant an infant formula, it is especially important that your health care professional know if you are giving your infant any dietary supplements or any prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Other medical problems—The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of infant formulas. Make sure you tell your doctor if your infant has any medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Infant Formula
Infant formulas may be given by mouth or, in some cases, by a tube feeding. Use the amount of infant formula and the feeding schedule recommended by your doctor.
For infants receiving the concentrate or powder for oral solution form of this preparation:
For infants receiving the oral liquid form of this preparation:
For infants receiving Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier :
For infants receiving Similac Natural Care :
Feeding—The amount of an infant formula to be given will be different for different infants. Follow your doctor"s orders .
Storage—To store the unopened container:
Side Effects of This Infant Formula
Along with its needed effects, an infant formula may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
More commonDiarrhea; unusual thirst; unusual tiredness or weakness
Less commonSigns of milk allergy (hives, wheezing); signs of milk intolerance (abdominal bloating, diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting)
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