Nestlé Heath Science's Althéra® and Alfamino® have been developed to help meet the growth and development needs of infants and children with food allergies and intolerances.1,2
Nutritional solutions for the management of cows' milk allergy (CMA)
Following diagnosis, CMA is managed through the complete removal of cows' milk proteins (CMPs) from the infant’s diet. CMA can also occur among exclusively breastfed infants. When an exclusively breastfed infant is diagnosed with CMA, the mother must exclude all CMP from her diet.3
Mothers should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding, but in case this is not an option, specialist infant formulas are available for infants and young children with CMA to reduce or completely remove the allergenic potential.3 These formulas contain the nutrients to help support healthy infant growth and development.1,2 There are two different types of formulas for the management of CMA:
Extensively hydrolysed formulas,* or “eHFs,” in which CMPs have been extensively hydrolysed into peptides. As a result, they are less allergenic than whole milk formulas and are well tolerated by most children with cows' milk or soy protein allergies.3-5
Amino acid-based formulas (AAFs) contain free amino acids, which are non-allergenic. They are recommended when an extensively hydrolysed formula is not tolerated or as first-line dietary management when the baby has extremely severe or life-threatening allergic symptoms (anaphylaxis or immediate type reactions).3-5
*Note: Partially hydrolysed formulas (pHFs) are also sometimes referred to as hypoallergenic; however, pHFs are not intended for dietary management of diagnosed CMA.