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Breast-feeding can save your child's life. This comment may appear rather sensational, but it is true. The fact is that some babies have problems with milk-based formulas. Other infants have severe, life-threatening reactions to soy-based formulas. In some cases, the doctor switches the child back and forth between several different formulas, trying to find a formula that works.

This can be very dangerous for any newborn child, since switching formulas can cause failure to thrive in newborn infants. Failure to thrive can also stem from social and economic factors in many cases, but this article focuses on the failure to thrive of infants that are being cared for and fed properly by their parents.

Many times, parents are wrongfully accused of neglecting their infants. Yes, it is possible to feed your baby, yet they gain no weight. If more mothers were aware of this disorder, they would probably choose to breast-feed their newborns. Failure to thrive is what happens when a child is taken off of a milk-based, soy, or any formula too quickly.

Changing formulas can, in some cases, cause colic to worsen. In other failure to thrive cases, the colic seems to disappear, but the weight loss begins. The child is hungry, yet is getting no nourishment. When a child is unable to gain weight shortly after birth, he or she is labeled with the diagnosis "failure to thrive".

To put it bluntly, failure to thrive means that the child is starving. Sometimes this is because the baby is not fed enough, but in other cases the child has one of a number of disorders or diseases that could be causing their weight loss. Cystic fibrosis is just one of a number of these diseases. There is a blood test that your doctor can order that will rule out cystic fibrosis.

Another possibility is that the child is a celiac. A baby diagnosed as a celiac is unable to tolerate gluten, which is found in wheat. A celiac is unable to digest the gluten, so they are unable to tolerate anything with wheat. The diet for one of these children should be free from grains. They should be fed meat, cheese, fruits, and vegetables. Since it is hard to diagnose a celiac until the age of two or three, the doctor cannot really be sure if this is the cause until later.

Still another cause could be an allergic reaction to something in the baby's formula. This is when it gets a little tricky to pinpoint a diagnosis. Sometimes a child may have a soy intolerance. This means that the infant is allergic to all soy products. If we take a close look at nearly every packaged food, what will we see on the label? Some form of soy is in nearly every pre-packaged food. Soy oil lecithin is in nearly every canned good. Many cereals contain either soy oil or some other soy product.

In many cases, the child has a soy intolerance. This means that they have a severe reaction to the soy. This is a life-threatening allergy to all soy products. Newborns are sometimes switched to soy formulas because of colic and crying. This can be a deadly mistake.

When a child has a soy intolerance, they usually eat large quantities very frequently. These small, precious newborns are suffering from malnutrition, despite being fed eight times a day. Many times the child eats heartily, even voraciously. No matter how much the child eats, he or she does not gain weight. Sometimes the child may have an increase in his or her bowel movements. Often this can occur as often as fifteen or even twenty times per day. These babies are often plagued by puffy yellow stools.

The babies with a soy intolerance pass most of the nutrients and nearly all of the fat from their bodies, which means that they are receiving little or no benefit from eating. This may also explain the incredible appetite that they have. This also explains why they do not gain weight.

This disorder is difficult to diagnose, since the symptoms mirror those of cystic fibrosis and many other diseases that were mentioned above. A newborn must be put through a whole battery of tests, and this takes precious time. The window of time is very short when an infant has failure to thrive. Often, these infants weight less than six or seven pounds, and they drop ounces daily.

What is the best defense against this disorder? Breast-feeding is the only way that a mother can be sure that her infant will not suffer a soy intolerance. Breast-feeding is also the best weapon against failure to thrive.

Many times this disorder can cause a child's growth to be stunted. In severe cases, a child could even die. This is a very serious disorder. Having knowledge of failure to thrive and soy intolerance could help save your child's life.