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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, knowing which is best for your baby's needs can be challenging. Two popular choices for parents are the HiPP Hydrolyzed formula range (AKA: HypoAllergenic) 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. Several 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. If you would like to learn more about Anti-Relfux, please check our dedicated blog about this topic: "Best Formula for Reflux in Babies". In this article we also highlight our other great Anti-Reflux formula: Bebe-M which is vegan/ plan-based.

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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 six 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 or Hydrolyzed Formulas

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If your baby struggles 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. 

HiPP Anti-Relux Formula (All-Stages)

HiPP AR Anti-Reflux Milk Formula

HiPP AR is suitable from birth onwards for infants of all ages, including older babies who have begun eating solid foods. This gentle, nutritionally complete formula is made with a base of skimmed milk. It also contains whey, vegetable oils, lactose, and starch. It can be used as a complete supplement to breastfeeding or as an additive that enriches your baby's diet with essential nutrients. It contains prebiotics, fatty acids (DHA and ARA), and vitamins A, D, and C; it supports development, digestion, and a strong immune system. 

Parent review about Hipp Anti Reflux:
Changed My Life!

My baby had severe acid reflux, colic, and gas. I tried every specialty American formula. I spent hours researching how to help. His doctor prescribed him 2 different prescription meds all to no avail. 3 to 4 outfit changes a day from spit up, constant screaming crying, poop issues too. Vomiting and bloating you name it. I have to combo feed BM and formula because I don't produce enough milk and it was terrible. I finally found this formula, and learned about European regulations on formula vs America and I am so glad I found it. Within 24 hours my baby had normal bowel movements. No more spit-up or vomiting and the gas was greatly reduced. He loves the taste, its thick and keeps him full longer. I really can't believe he rarely spits up at all anymore. This truly did change both our lives. He is so happy, smiles, giggles, interacts. And most importantly he feels better.

What Makes HiPP HA Special?

HiPP Hydrolyzed 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 Hydrolyzed Stage 1, and HiPP Hydrolyzed Stage 2.

HiPP Hydrolyzed Stage Pre

HiPP HA Hypoallergenic Stage PRE Combiotic Infant Formula

It 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 German HA Stage 1                    HiPP Dutch HA Stage 1

HiPP HA1 German Hydrolyzed Stage 1 Combiotic Infant FormulaHiPP Dutch HA1 Hydrolyzed 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 sensitive to allergens. Stage 1 also includes all the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your baby needs to grow and develop.

Good to know: Both formulas are very similar, with the added benefit of slightly higher protein amounts for the Dutch version (1.8g per 100ml) compared to the German version (1.3g per 100ml) to support the baby's growth and development. Furthermore, the German version comes in a 600-gr box, and the Dutch version comes in a stackable and easy-to-close 800-gr tin container.

HiPP German HA Stage 2                    HiPP Dutch HA Stage 2

HiPP HA2 German Hydrolyzed Stage 1 Combiotic Infant FormulaHiPP Dutch HA2 Hydrolyzed Formula Stage 2

This HA Formula is designed for babies who are six 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 creamier consistency since the hydrolysis process would otherwise produce a very thin product. 

Good to know: Both formulas are very similar, with the added benefit of slightly higher protein amounts for the Dutch version (1.8g per 100ml) compared to the German version (1.3g per 100ml) to support the baby's growth and development. Furthermore, the German version comes in a 600-gr box, and the Dutch version comes in a stackable and easy-to-close 800-gr tin container.

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, the HiPP Anti-Reflux formula does contain cow's milk protein.

Differences in Effectiveness

Regarding effectiveness, both the HiPP Hypoallergenic and the HiPP Anti-Reflux formula have their benefits. The HiPP HA formulas effectively reduce the risk of allergies and provide 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, effectively reduces reflux and promotes 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 and HiPP Anti-Reflux formulas 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 the formulas we offer. 

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Always Consult Your Pediatrician
Always 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 article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.