An overview on Partially Hydrolyzed Protein, plus, when your baby might need to drink PHP formula.

Partially hydrolyzed protein (PHP) refers to a protein that has undergone a special process called hydrolysis.

As the hydrolysis process breaks down proteins into smaller pieces (10 times smaller), a formula that contains PHP is more gentle on delicate tummies. More importantly, such formulas are less likely to irritate the gut and cause allergic reactions.

This is why formulas containing partially hydrolyzed protein are also commonly referred to as hypoallergenic formulas.

Why is PHP formula recommended?

Research on formulas containing PHP has shown positive results for digestive and immune problems. Because of its smaller protein molecular nature, a PHP formula is less allergenic and therefore more suitable for children who are prone to allergies, particularly eczema.

Results from a 10-year study by the German Infant Nutritional Intervention Study (GINI) supports the recommendation to use PHP formulas with clinically-proven effectiveness to reduce the risk of eczema in children with a high risk of allergy. This data also confirms the long-term allergy-preventive effect of PHP formulas on the manifestation of allergies and eczema in children till age 6.

Doctors often recommend PHP formulas for children born into families with a history of allergies.

However, do bear in mind that not all PHP formulas work the same way. The results may vary depending on the hydrolysis processes of the manufacturers.

Whom should consume PHP formula?

As always, do consult your doctor before giving infant formula to your little one. Doctors often recommend PHP formulas to children born into families with a history of allergies.

However, this does not mean that PHP formula is intended only for those with a family history of allergies. Some parents choose a PHP formula if they prefer offering their babies something gentler.

If a PHP formula is recommended for your child after consulting your doctor, look for the words “Partially Hydrolyzed Protein” on the product label before purchasing.

Study and compare these carefully before you pick one that is reputable and scientifically formulated. If you are unsure, you can always ask your doctor to recommend one that best suits your child.

When it comes to good nutrition and good health, your child deserves nothing but the best.

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