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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks

Food Sensitive Babies

Food sensitivities or food (chemical) intolerances are quite different mechanistically to a true food allergy. Lactose intolerance (enzyme deficiency) and carbohydrate malabsorption (i.e. fructose) are other types of food intolerances but are not discussed in this article.

Although there are different types of food intolerances, this article focuses on what’s known as a pharmacologic reaction which can cause symptoms by irritating nerve endings in different areas of the body. 

Unlike food allergy these food intolerances do not involve the immune system and there is a dose and cumulative effect which may not be obvious until 2-24 hours later. Reactions or symptoms can be unpleasant but are rarely serious or life threatening.

The reasons why a baby has food sensitivities vary, but can include genetics and being born with a sensitive constitution as well being more vulnerable to strong flavours and chemicals due to an immature gastrointestinal and nervous system.

Babies can also react to these food chemicals through the mother’s breast milk and when they start solids it is a double dose of potential triggers. Reactions can become obvious when they are first given liquid Panadol, teething gels or antibiotics as these products are highly flavoured, coloured and often preserved.

What are these food chemicals and where are they found?

Potential food triggers include naturally derived food chemicals found in everyday foods such as salicylates, amines and natural glutamates. Foods that have lots of flavour are the likely culprits. But really sensitive babies can also react to foods such as carrots and apples. There are also some known food additives such as artificial colours, sulphites and MSG that can cause issues as well as whole food groups such as dairy (not just lactose), soy and wheat/gluten.

Three common food chemical intolerances include:

Salicylates – berries, avocado, honey, citrus, tomato, vegemite, herbs, stone fruit, juices

Amines – tuna, pork, vegemite, hard cheeses, avocado, bacon, chocolate, tomato

Glutamates – mushrooms, soy sauce, tomato, Vegemite, aged cheeses, grapes

It is important to note that it is common to react to more than one chemical and that these chemicals can also be found in toiletries, medications, cleaning products and supplements.

Small amounts might be OK but larger doses and more variety in the diet as your baby gets older might be an issue.

What are some of the common symptoms of Food Intolerance in babies?

  • Wind/Pain/Colic
  • Reflux
  • Colitis/Mucus in stool
  • Eczema/Rashes
  • Unsettledness/Irritability
  • Poor sleep or sleep disturbances
  • Constipation/Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Faltering Growth (Failure to Thrive)
  • Fussiness/Picky eater/Food refusal
  • Refusal to breast feed or pulling off
  • Nappy rash

How is a food intolerance diagnosed?

If you suspect a food intolerance you may wish to speak to your Health Professional first to rule out other causes of your baby’s symptoms such as poor milk supply if breastfed, lactose intolerance or reflux. They will then take a detailed history to help identify possible causes, triggers and reasons for symptoms.

There is no scientifically proven laboratory test for a food intolerance. It is diagnosed based on a supervised diagnostic elimination diet for 2-6 weeks which may also include the breastfed mother, then formal challenges or introduction of separate food chemicals to see which ones elicit a reaction. Some babies may be started on very low chemical plain solids like potato, rice cereal and pear if food intolerances are suspected from symptoms described earlier. Your Health Professional will work with you on introducing appropriate foods as tolerated.

There are many unorthodox food intolerance tests around so for further information see:

https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergy-testing/unorthodox-testing-and-treatment

The diagnostic elimination diet should be supervised by an experienced Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) to ensure growth and nutritional adequacy of the diet is not compromised. When making an appointment make sure you check if they have experience in food chemical intolerances especially in growing children.

 

Long Term Management

Babies with food intolerances often improve with growth and maturity.

It is important to work with your Health Professional and slowly liberalize their diet as tolerated.

 

Further Information

https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy/

https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/food-other-adverse-reactions/food-intolerance

https://paediatrix.com.au/

https://bluemountainsdietitian.weebly.com/

About the author

Shae is Bellamy’s Organic Paediatric Dietitian & Nutrition Manager. She has seven years’ experience in early life nutrition, with expertise in food allergy and intolerance.

Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • Breast milk is the best for babies. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age-appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
  • The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. According to recommendations from the Singapore Health Promotion Board, solid food should be given to babies only after 6 months.
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