Are you considering giving your toddler goat’s milk formula, but do you have some questions regarding goat formula feeding? For more information about goat’s milk formula and toddler formula feeding, please read through our frequently asked questions below.
Firstly, we should state that not all toddlers require a goat’s milk formula, since some toddlers can switch to regular milk when they are twelve months old. However, not all toddlers are getting the right number of nutrients from their solid foods, due to fussy eating habits or an underlying medical condition. Therefore, your child’s paediatrician or another licensed health professional may recommend the use of a toddler goat formula for some time, which could fill the nutritional gap in your child’s diet.
The digestion of toddlers is subject to change, so toddlers may have a reaction to any type of formula. However, goat formula could be easier to digest for most toddlers, since goat formula contains higher levels of non-digestible fibres called prebiotic oligosaccharides.
Prebiotic oligosaccharides are a source of dietary fibres, also known under the term non-digestible carbohydrates. While some fibres are absorbed during digestion, prebiotic oligosaccharides remain in the digestive tract and perform numerous functions that may prove useful to the digestion of your toddler.
Once prebiotic oligosaccharides arrive in the large intestine, they start to absorb water. The absorbed water has a positive effect on the bowel movements of the toddler, since the absorbed water makes the stool softer and generally easier to pass.
Prebiotic oligosaccharides in the large intestine also stimulate the growth of healthy gut bacteria; for example, the lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. These healthy gut bacteria stimulate digestion and may reduce the chance of digestive discomfort. Promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria does not only have an impact on the digestive health of your child, but also on their general health. By promoting the growth of probiotics, prebiotic oligosaccharides limit the growth of so-called pathogenic bacteria in the large intestine, which are the bacteria responsible for many types of digestive distress and infection.
Switching to a low-iron formula is not recommended in most cases, since iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional gaps in the diets of young children. It is also a common cause of anaemia, which can lead to serious side-effects and symptoms, but also to life-threatening ilness.
A low-iron formula is not deemed nutritionally adequate for young children, so if your toddler is not eating enough solid foods, a low-iron formula may cause them harm. Therefore, low-iron formulas are only recommended when prescribed by a licensed health professional. If you believe formula is the cause of your child’s constipation, contact a health professional right away for some professional advice.
Many parents are not aware that it might be better to use tap water for formula preparation. Tap water is considered safe and must meet certain filtering standards, while no such standards regarding filtering are in place for most bottled water brands. Some types of bottled water also lack fluoride, a substance that is important for healthy teeth.
No matter what kind of water you intend on using, it could still be necessary to sterilise it first. Even though most toddlers do not need sterilised water for their formula, toddlers struggling with an ineffective immune system need sterile formula. Therefore, always make sure you check with your paediatrician when in doubt.
Some toddlers may experience a reduction in digestive discomfort when using goat formula, mainly due to the presence of many prebiotic oligosaccharides. However, if your child is experiencing symptoms such as digestive difficulties and blood-tinged stool, it is best to contact a health professional right away to rule out allergic reactions to the formula your child is currently using.
Being fussy around feeding times and mealtimes is not uncommon for toddlers, since there can be many causes for your toddler to feel uncomfortable. Most times, discomfort is caused by gas, which may relate to the baby bottle you are using or the type of formula.
To reduce your child’s discomfort after feeding, please make sure your toddler has burped during feeding and after feeding. When the symptoms do not subside, place a warm towel or a warm water bottle on the belly of your toddler. Also, please make sure that the towel or the warm water bottle is not too hot.
Parents can also change some things in the environment of the toddler to make them feel more comfortable. Putting your toddler in a car seat and going for a short ride seems to calm down most fussy toddlers. In addition to that, parents can also play some soothing music to calm their toddler down.
An inability to digest formula is usually accompanied by some symptoms; this includes, but is not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, rash, or blood and mucus in your toddler’s stool.
When you detect any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact your toddler’s paediatrician immediately. Follow the advice given by the health professional, whether this is changing the formula or changing the feeding habits of the child.
Frequent formula switches are not recommended for toddlers, since frequent changes may upset your little one’s tummy. Therefore, it is best to contact a paediatrician before attempting to switch to another formula. Make sure you mention your concerns as well as the type of formula you want to switch to, so your toddler’s paediatrician can provide you with the best possible advice.