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January 25th, 2011, 01:07 PM
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Hi:

I heard about formula thickner but never took much interest into it until I ran into another twin mom (of 7 month old girls) at a local baby store last week.

She mentioned she knew of another twin mom at the hospital whom twin used formula thickner and it cured their reflux.

Now I am curious. Do your child use a formula thickner? Does it work well? Which brand?

Thanks,
Jessica
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Baby B - 5 pounds, 11 oz at birth - reflux at 3 weeks, diagnosed with Hypotonia at 9 months, Failure to thrive (FTT) at 10 months. Current weight - 18 pounds - 1% percentile
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January 25th, 2011, 04:37 PM
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I replied to your post on the moms of infants board, but there is special formula you can get which has the thickening agent already in it - it is called 'AR' - and I think most brands make it (Enfamil AR, Similac AR etc)... the AR stands for either anti-reflux or anti-regurgitation, I can never remember which LOL!
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January 27th, 2011, 02:43 AM
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I always thought the AR stood for added rice. We use Enfamil AR and it cured his reflux issues (not spitting up, but through the nose and really bad choking). He still had a couple times where he choked after starting but eventually it stopped altogether. I know lots of people just add rice cereal to the formula to thicken but I suspect the AR formulas would work better because it's just the rice starch in the formula (as opposed to the whole grain) and I'm sure it's more evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
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January 29th, 2011, 10:21 AM
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Thanks.

He didn't like the AR, it made him gag. I tried giving it to his twin who will eat/drink anything and it made him throw up. :-(
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Baby A - 6 pounds, 8 oz at birth - no health issues. Current weight - 25 pounds - 67% percentile

Baby B - 5 pounds, 11 oz at birth - reflux at 3 weeks, diagnosed with Hypotonia at 9 months, Failure to thrive (FTT) at 10 months. Current weight - 18 pounds - 1% percentile
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