Dietetics information for parents and visitors
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Important annoucement 21 February 2022: Abbott powdered infant formula recall
Please be aware that Abbott Nutrition has issued a recall (18.02.2022) of two specialist powdered infant formulas, Similac Alimentum and Similac Elecare. This recall has been issued due to concern about possible bacterial contamination of the powder.
What to do if your child is prescribed one of these formulas?
If your child is prescribed either of these formulas, please discontinue this feed as soon as possible. Please contact your health care provider (dietitian, GP or pharmacist) who will be able to advise a suitable alternative formula for you to use.
For further information please refer to the Food Standards Agency (Abbott recalls two infant formula powders because of the possible presence of Salmonella | Food Standards Agency).
Please contact Abbott Nutrition on its helpline, 01795 580303 for information about what to do with the recalled product.
What should I do if my child develops symptoms?
If your child has developed symptoms such has fever, diarrhoea and abdominal pain after drinking one of these formulas please seek medical support from 111, your GP or, in severe cases, take your child to the nearest emergency department.
What can I use in the interim until I get an alternative formula?
If your child is prescribed Similac Alimentum, they will require an alternative extensively hydrolysed formula. If they are prescribed Similac Elecare, they will require an alternative amino acid formula. Your health provider can advise you which feed will be suitable for your child.
If your child has a known cow’s milk protein allergy, please do not change their formula to a standard infant formula. This will put them at risk of an allergic reaction.
Shop brought plant-based milks are NOT a suitable alternative for prescribed infant formula in children under 1 year of age. Please do not use these as an alternative. If your child is over 1 year of age have a varied diet and no growth concerns a shop brought plant-based milk maybe suitable. Please discuss with your dietitian.
Do not dilute formula to make it last longer whilst you are waiting for the new formula to arrive. This reduces the nutritional value on the product.
Do not use any previously prescribed alternative formula without discussion with your dietitian.
If you are breast feeding and using Similac Alimentum or Similac Elecare, please revert to full breastfeeding until you have received an alternative prescribed formula.