Does anyone else use Simply Thick in NICU? We have been using it for about a year and a half and coincidentally it seemd to be the year of NEC now. Personally, I dont like it at all. It gives the kids gas and seems to bind them up. I have searched for information that verifies it is safe to use with these kids but can't find any.
Mar 15, '05
We don't use SimplyThick either. I got curious about studies though and found an interesting piece of research: www.haspghan.org/sub/position_papers/DERG.pdf
See pages 7-8.
Also found out that Simply Thick is Xanthan Gum, which is the approved trade name for "ethanol precipitation". Rice cereal somehow sounds more appropriate for babies, even though it may have some nasty-sounding chemicals in its processing list too. Xanthan Gum is in a wide variety of foods that most people eat but I too couldn't find information that addressed use of this specifically with neonates. Looked on the AAP web site and didn't find any additional information.
The manufacturer's web site (simplythick.com) has more information. Says that it is "not technically sterile" but "can be autoclaved."
Last edit by catlover314 on Mar 16, '05