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Formula Intolerance

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is formula intolerance?

Formula intolerance means your baby has trouble digesting formula. He or she may be sensitive to an ingredient in the formula. Intolerance is different from an allergy. An allergy means your baby's immune system reacts to a protein in the formula and can be life-threatening. Intolerance means it causes irritation in your baby's digestive system. Intolerance is not life-threatening, but it may lead to dehydration or failure to thrive. Failure to thrive means your baby does not gain weight or grow as fast as he or she should.

What are the signs of formula intolerance?

How is formula intolerance diagnosed and treated?

How is formula intolerance treated?

What can I do to comfort my baby?

Formula intolerance can cause your baby to spit up or be fussy. The following can help him or her feel better:

What else can I do to care for my baby?

When should I call my baby's pediatrician?

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