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HiPP Hypoallergenic vs. HiPP Anti-Reflux

If you notice your little one is irritable and having other symptoms when eating or after, it may be reflux or an allergy. With so many different options on the market, it can be difficult to know which one is best for your baby's individual needs. Two popular choices for parents are the HiPP Hypoallergenic formula range and the HiPP Anti-Reflux formula. In this blog, we'll explore the differences between these two types of formula and help you determine which one might be the best choice for your baby. 

Please Note: Our HiPP HA & Anti Reflux (AR) Formulas are technically not organic because hydrolyzing the milk protein requires more processing. However, all other ingredients included are still organic.

What is Reflux in Babies?

Acid reflux in babies, also called infant reflux, is when a baby spits up from food moving back up the digestive tract. This can cause discomfort and irritation, especially if the acid comes into contact with the baby's throat or mouth. Reflux is a common problem in infants, affecting around 40-65% of otherwise healthy, full-term babies. A number of factors can contribute to reflux in babies, including a weak muscle at the top of the stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter), an overproduction of gastric acid, and an immature digestive system. Reflux is more likely to occur in babies lying down or having just finished feeding. Acid reflux can affect all ages, but it can be challenging to determine if your little one has reflux or if they’re spitting up like expected. 

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The symptoms of reflux in babies are:

  • Not gaining weight
  • Forceful, consistent spit-up (even projectile vomit)
  • Spitting up colored liquid, blood, or what looks like coffee grounds
  • Refuses food 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chronic cough
  • Irritable after eating
  • Spit up at 6 months or later 

While reflux is generally a normal part of infant development and will resolve on its own over time, it's essential to consult a doctor if you have concerns about your baby's reflux symptoms. Medication or lifestyle changes may sometimes be recommended to help manage reflux symptoms.

Hypoallergenic Formulas

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If your baby is struggling with reflux symptoms, you and your provider can determine if it’s reflux or an allergy. There are some specific differences between reflux and allergy to look out for. 

If your baby has an allergy, it might need hypoallergenic formula. The signs your baby needs a special hypoallergenic formula include:

  • Extreme irritability or colic
  • Wheezing
  • Vomiting
  • Eczema
  • Diarrhea 

What Makes HiPP Anti-Reflux (AR) Special?

HiPP Anti-Reflux Infant formula is designed for babies who experience gastroesophageal reflux or spitting up. This formula contains added ingredients that help to reduce reflux and promote digestion. The ingredients in HiPP AR work by thickening the formula and reducing the amount of air swallowed during feeding, which can help to reduce reflux and discomfort for your baby. 

What Makes HiPP HA Special?

HiPP Hypoallergenic Baby formula is designed for babies with a history of allergies or at a high risk of developing allergies. The HiPP Hypoallergenic formula comes in three stages, each tailored to meet the evolving nutritional needs of growing babies. Let's go a little deeper and explore the differences between HiPP Hypoallergenic Stage Pre, HiPP Hypoallergenic Stage 1, and HiPP Hypoallergenic Stage 2.

HiPP Hypoallergenic Stage Pre

HiPP Hypoallergenic Formula - Stage Pre

is designed for (premature) babies and infants up to 6 months of age. It is made from hydrolyzed protein, broken down into smaller pieces, making it easier for the baby's digestive system to process. This formula is an excellent choice for infants at a higher risk for allergies and intolerances, as hydrolyzed protein is less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

HiPP Hypoallergenic Stage 1

HiPP Hypoallergenic Formula - Stage 1

This HA Formula is appropriate for infants from birth to 6 months of age. This formula is made from cow's milk protein that has been hydrolyzed, making it suitable for infants who are sensitive to allergens. Stage 1 also includes all the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your baby needs to grow and develop.

HiPP Hypoallergenic Stage 2

HiPP Hypoallergenic Formula - Stage 2

This HA Formula is designed for babies who are 6 months and older. Like breast milk, HiPP HA Combiotic Stage 2 features lactose as the primary source of carbohydrates and a blend of organic vegetable oils and essential vitamins and minerals. It also contains some starch to give the formula a thicker and more creamy consistency since the hydrolysis process would otherwise produce a very thin product. 

Differences in Ingredients HA vs AR

One of the main differences between HiPP Hypoallergenic formula and HiPP Anti-Reflux formula is the type of protein used. HiPP Hypoallergenic formula contains partially hydrolyzed protein, while HiPP Anti-Reflux formula contains cow's milk protein. Another difference is that HiPP Hypoallergenic formula is free of common allergens such as cow's milk protein, soy protein, and gluten. In contrast, HiPP Anti-Reflux formula does contain cow's milk protein.

Differences in Effectiveness

When it comes to effectiveness, both HiPP Hypoallergenic formula and HiPP Anti-Reflux formula have their benefits. The HiPP HA formulas have been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of allergies and providing a safe alternative for babies with a history of allergies or at a high risk of developing allergies. HiPP Anti-Reflux formula, on the other hand, has been shown to be effective in reducing reflux and promoting digestion, making it a good choice for babies who experience frequent spitting up.

Which Formula is Right for Your Baby?

The decision to use HiPP Hypoallergenic formula or HiPP Anti-Reflux formula will depend on your baby's individual needs. If your baby has a history of allergies or is at a high risk of developing allergies, HiPP Hypoallergenic formula may be the best choice. On the other hand, if your baby experiences frequent spitting up, HiPP Anti-Reflux formula may be a better option.

In conclusion

HiPP Hypoallergenic formula and HiPP Anti-Reflux formula are both high-quality options for parents looking for a safe and effective formula for their baby. The decision between these two formulas will depend on your baby's needs, so consult your pediatrician for guidance. Regardless of which formula you choose, the most important thing is that your baby gets the proper nutrition needed to grow and thrive.

Need help deciding which formula to choose? Click here for our baby formula comparison chart to help you understand the differences between our offered formulas. 

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Always Consult Your Pediatrician

It's always a good idea to consult your pediatrician when choosing a formula for your baby. Your pediatrician can help you determine which formula is best for your baby's individual needs and can provide guidance on how to introduce a new formula to your baby's diet. This guide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.