A recent review of all the available research on the use of thickeners in infant formula has found that they only have a small effect on gastric reflux. This effect may be of ‘questionable clinical significance’.
Up to 40% of infants regurgitate after feeding and thickeners such as rice cereal are sometimes added to the milk to reduce it.
Alternative strategies such as giving solid food before the milk feed and elevating the head of the cot are more likely to be effective.
Reference: Paediatrics 2008
Health Update, 2 December 2008
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