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I had to take my son to the doctors and hospital several times because of severe reflux. He was given endless medicines, none of which made any difference and I hated spending everyday pumping more meds in to my baby. We were even given dairy free formula in case he has an allergy, bit nothing worked. After researching on the internet I discovered SMA Staydown and decided to give it go. I have never looked back. I noticed an immediate change in the amount my son was sick. Before it was up to 20 times a day and with this formula it was just a few, some days we were sick free, and that was just amazing. It made such a huge change to our lives not having to constantly be changing him or cleaning up after him, and I felt so much better that he was not suffering either. I have just had another baby and if she has reflux I would try this above anything else. It was a godsend.
My little girl was diagnosed with reflux at four weeks old and brought up a lot of each breat feed, seems uncomfortable on the breast, cried for hours after feeds and generally wasn't very happy! We were prescribed a number of medicines including infant gaviscon which did seem to help initially. We wanted to try formula on her so that I could have a break. No matter which brand we tried she brought up the whole feed and seemed ill afterwards.
We saw a paediatrician who suggested we try Enfamil AR formula (AR = anti - reflux). I tried this for a few days, but baby didn't like the taste at all, and who can blame her, the smell was disgusting. We then were advised to use SMA Staydown. She tried this and took to it very easliy!
She would still bring up some a small amount occasionally, but seemed a lot happier and weight gain improved.
The tins cost around £8.49, but this is available on prescription, so as needed for a medical problem, the doctors should be happy to prescribe.
Also the water needs to be cold to prepare so bolied water needs to be cooled for a few hours in the fridge. The bottle with then need to be rolled rather than shaken, but the lumps seem to dissolve reasonably easily!
When my baby was born last October, I started him on the SMA Gold formula milk. He had terrible reflux which led to constant hunger. I decided to try him on to the SMA blue (for hungrier babies) and although this was a lot more filling, he was still very sickly.
The health visitor advised Carobel and Gaviscon but, although effective, I had learnt the tedious process of adding extra medicines with my first born.
Finally, at around 3 months old, I switched to the SMA Staydown (with the purple lid!) and it was a complete godsend! It is used in the exact same way as any other formula milk, but has a thicker consistency, designed to better suit those tiny tummies which, sometimes, cannot adapt to artificial milk straight away.
The only advice I would give is to make sure the milk is shaken vigorously IMMEDIATELY after the powder is added. Otherwise, you may find the milk contains lumps which clog up the teat.
You may also find that your baby takes much longer to feed when the SMA Staydown formula is used. For me, this was due only to my son getting used to the consistency of the milk. After all, it is thicker so, inevitably they have to work harder!
The cost of this product retails at around £7.99 which, in many cases, is slightly more expensive than other formula milks on the market. However, as this is a specialist formula, it is to be expected and is WELL worth the extra pennies for sheer effectiveness. I buy the SMA Staydown from ASDA but, as far as I am aware, it can also be purchased in Boots and all major supermarkets.
When my eldest daughter was 6 weeks old I decided to stop breatsfeeding and start her with baby milk. This was due to a variety of reasons, but what I hadn't expected was that my daughter would have severe reflux and in the end be hospitialised because of - but thats another story! After speaking to our health visitor, we were asked to try SMA Staydown to see if it helped. It did! I went from being sicked on after every bottle (and a full bottles worth!) to a few sicky burps here and there. Brilliant! Well no not quite! SMA Staydown is actually extremely hard to get hold off. I found it in my local Boots but they were only ordering 6 tins at a time, and after I was taking 3 of them at a time, it soon became apparant that I wouldn't readily be able to get hold of this every time I went. I tried asking Boots to order us some, but with orders being delivered to stores up to 14 days later it just wasn't practical. We also tried ordering online but it was constantly saying out of stock.
In the meantime my daughter had been put under the care of a specialist team at our local hospital where would visit once a fortnight for weigh ins and after explaining my problems of getting hold of SMA Staydown to them, they gave me a prescription for the NHS equivilant! Brilliant, as under 16s get prescriptions free! Apart from the obvious trauma we were going through of being told they were going to have to operate on my 6 month old daughter, this was a turn up for the books!
While we were only using SMA Staydown for a few short weeks, I would have to say that this product is very good, given the extreme case of reflux my daughter was suffering from. For those of you who have not heard of reflux or are unsure if your little one is suffering from it, I shall briefly explain. Reflux is a condition where the stomach contents come back up into the gullet or mouth. The correct name for reflux is gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. The diaphragm at the back of the throat seperating the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity, acts like a valve which only opens downwards to let food or fluids pass, however young babies can sometimes be born with this valve not yet developed properly and so it opens both ways, and fluids such as milk are unable to stay down. Reflux can have many different sevreties, some of which are mild forms of sickness and some extreme cases can need operating on as in the case of my daughter. Reflux can be an extremely upsetting time (as I can vouch for!), as babies are getting all their nutritional content from milk and so if this is taken away through vomiting, they loose weight. My daughter actually dropped off the charts where weight is recorded - very scary! She is now a healthy (but tiny!) 3 year old, and all the worries of reflux seem far away - however, if this is something you are currently going through, I would recommend you to switch to SMA Staydown immediately until you can get your little one under professional care.
The other disadvantage of SMA Staydown is its price. At £7.99 a tin, most mums will realise that at 2 tins a week, this is going to work out very costly. For your poorly baby though - its definately worth it!
Important information (taken from SMAs website): As SMA Staydown has a precooked corn starch added, it is not possible to make up Staydown with water at 70oC. The Department of Health is aware of this. It is recommended that it is made up using strict hygiene conditions, by practising good handwashing and sterilising techniques, the introduction of bacteria will then be minimised. It is recommended that if possible each feed is made up individually with refrigerated water when required.
SMA Staydown works if you can get hold of it!
My daughter had the worst case of reflux I have ever come accross. She was on SMA gold which just drenched me every day and night! Then after a few other trials I found Staydown, its thick and gloopy, you need to buy a wider teat so your baby can actually drink it but it works! Put an end to all of our suffering. I recomend it to all.
For personal reasons, I began bottle feeding my first baby at around one month, shortly afterwards he was diagnosed with a condition called reflux, which essentially means (in laymums terms) that the 'flap' on the tummy that should close to keep milk/food down, doesn't.
No-one could really advise why my baby had this condition, but it's fairly common it seems, though it is easily distinguished from a bit of spit up, as baby struggles to drink the milk in the first place. My son always seemed desperate for his milk, but just couldn't drink it. He'd cry whilst drinking, fight with the bottle, and then vomit back virtually everything he'd taken. Initially I wondered if he was just a sicky baby, but after an internet search I realised these could be symptoms of a condition, so I went to see the GP, because I would rather be paranoid and get something checked, than miss something that could be serious!
He was prescribed infant Gaviscon by the Dr, and the Health Visitor also suggested changing his milk to one of the 'gentler' varieties. He was on SMA Gold at the time so rather than switch brands I thought I would try SMA Staydown, which is casein based to help in stay in baby's tummy and contains corn agents to thicken.
I had to order it online, as I couldn't find it at any of the local chemists initially (later I spotted it in a very large branch of Boots), and ordered x3 tubs just to make sure.
It comes in the same style/size tub as the other SMA milks, but is very different.
The milk is a much thicker consistency, and therefore a variflow or larger holed teat is recommended. It is also made with cool milk, and has to be gently rolled, not shaken, to mix. Basically, if you have a hungry young baby who is not prepared to wait, and you adhere to the current guidelines of not preparing in advance - it's faffy!
Now, I had high, admittedly unrealistically high, hopes of this milk, and I didn't care how faffy it was at the time - I just wanted my baby to be able to feed properly, and be content. It's always horrible to see a tiny one suffering in any way, and I was desperate to 'solve' his problem.
What I didn't expect, was my babies reaction to the change of teat. He absolutely HATED it and just wouldn't have it in his mouth. I guess the flow was just too fast for him, despite the thicker milk. So I tried with a regular teat, but noticed that in every bottle, there was still powder (I was desperate to shake the bottles!), and he still wouldn't accept it. When the HV witnessed his reaction, she agreed with me that it was probably better to switch back.
I recollect that the milk was close to £9.00 per tub, and as I said, I had bought three (I didn't want to be left short if it did help), so that was a fair sum to have wasted.
In the end I changed formula to Aptamil 1st, which seemed better suited to my baby, and carried on with the Gaviscon. The reflux gradually improved as my son aged, and disappeared more or less completely at around 10 months. I am assuming the severity of his reflux was mild to moderate, as some babies do have to undergo surgery, though many grow out of the problem as their gut matures.
So our experience wasn't a success, but, as babies and mums are all so different, it might be worth trying as obviously enough people are happy with it for SMA to justify producing it!
It is available on prescription, and you can learn more (to obtain a more balanced view!) at http://www.smanutrition.co.uk/Home/products/specialfeeds/staydown.aspx
Best wishes, and if your baby has reflux, extra special wishes to them xx
SMA staydown is designed to help babies who bring back their feeds. It is suitable from birth and for bottle or combination feeding