Locust bean gum consists of ground germinating seeds of the carob tree. The bread gum contains fibers that have no nutritional value. If your baby suffers from reflux, it is sometimes recommended that you can carry carob bean flour through the baby food. But how does that work exactly and what is the difference between carob bean flour and rice flour?
Locust bean gum at reflux
At reflux the stomach contents of your baby flow back to the esophagus and your baby spits. Reflux is very common in babies because the sphincter that belongs to the passage of the stomach to the esophagus does not work properly. Especially young babies suffer from this. The fact that your baby gives back mouths (so that spits a little) is very normal, even when this happens several times a day.
It becomes dangerous when you notice that your baby has few plasnapers, does not eat well, falls off or poops a lot. There are various actions you can take to prevent reflux. Read our tips on reflux here. If these tips do not help, jeopardized gum in the baby food may help. The bread kernel ensures that the food is more solid and therefore less easily flows back from the esophagus to the stomach.
Locust bean gum and baby food
There are various ways to obtain carob bean flour. So you can buy the natural and purest version in health food stores or natural drug stores. In addition, you can also choose Nutrilon Nutriton from brand Nutricia. This product mainly consists of locust bean gum and is also gluten-free and cow-milk free.
You can add Nutrilon to the bottle formula or to the expressed breast milk. Per 100 milliliters of breast milk, 1 to 2 streaked scoops are sufficient. In addition, you also have Nutrilon A.R. 2. This is a special diet food that contains locust bean gum. If you bottle-feed, you can switch to A.R. 2 if you find that your baby has to spit a lot.
Locust bean gum from which age?
Both the natural version and the Nutrilon can be used from 0 months. Never start adding bread gum to the diet of a newborn baby. It is important that you first see how your baby reacts to breastfeeding or bottle feeding. If you notice that your baby spits a lot, try other actions before you start to thicken the food. Read more about this in our blog baby spits 2 hours after food and the article about reflux.
A wrong fitting technique, being wild with your child after feeding, thrush or the fact that your child gets too much air during feeding can also be reasons to spit. Then it is not necessary to thicken the food. In addition, it is wise to always consult with your doctor or the consultation office first about what you can do best.
Use of locust bean gum
The amount of bread gum you can add to the diet varies very much per baby. Some babies need very little, such as a pinch or 1 scoop, and other babies need 2 scoops. It is wise to start with a little and to increase this if necessary. Of course, first of all discuss with your doctor or consultation office.
Your baby will have to get used to the new firmer diet in the beginning. First give your baby the time (2 weeks) before you change anything again. Always pay attention to the reactions of your baby. Such as the number of urine and pee diapers. If you use locust bean gum to thicken baby food, make sure you use a larger teat. Such as size M or number 2.
Locust bean gum or rice flour?
Rice flour is not the same as locust bean flour. Rice flour, made from ground rice grains without germs and seeds, is used to enrich the baby's diet with energy. So it is a supplement. Especially babies who are very hungry can benefit from this. Nutrition enriched with rice flour fills longer so that your baby can sleep longer during the night. Rice flour does not help against reflux because it becomes thin again in the stomach. Rice flour can only be added to babies from 6 months.
Locust bean gum side effects?
Unfortunately, locust bean flour in baby food is not always guaranteed to be successful. With some babies it helps against reflux and spitting, with other babies it has a counterproductive effect. The food then flows back from the stomach to esophagus, but then at a slower pace. This can be very painful for a reflux baby. In addition, locust bean gum also has a number of drawbacks: