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What is LGG ?

  • What is LGG ?
    LGG is a beneficial lactic acid bacteria.  It could help restore the barrier function of the intestines so that fewer allergens (things that can cause allergies) transfer across it.  It can also inhibit the actions of harmful bacteria.1,2

    What is a probiotic ?
    Probiotics are live ‘friendly’ bacteria that can be beneficial to the digestive system.  They create a good balance of microorganisms in the intestines.  Probiotic-fermented milk drinks are widely available in supermarkets.

    Will other probiotics work in the same way ?
    Currently, only LGG has been found to speed up the time it takes for a baby to become tolerant to cow’s milk.  Effects of probiotics are specific for the species (Lactobacillus rhamnosus) and even the type of strain (GG).

    What is the difference between a probiotic and a prebiotic ?
    Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients, for example fibre.  They stimulate the growth and/or activity of bacteria in the digestive system.  Both pre- and probiotics can have health benefits.  The main difference is that probiotics are live bacteria and probiotics are not alive.

    Will all babies on this formula become tolerant to cow’s milk ?
    Research has shown that after 12 months of consuming Nutramigen with LGG, 79% of babies with cow’s milk allergy can tolerate cow’s milk.  Unfortunately not all babies will become tolerant this quickly; but Nutramigen LGG will greatly increase chances of becoming tolerant to cow’s milk, compared to other formulas investigated in the study (RHF (rice hydrolysed formula), soya, amino acids formula (AAF), and extensively hydrolysed formula (eHF) based on casein).

    How long does it take for babies to become tolerant to cow’s milk ?
    Cow’s milk allergy could last until 3 to 5 years of age on average.3-5  Until your child can tolerate cow’s milk, you will need to carefully monitor their diet so they avoid products containing cow’s milk.  However, by using Nutramigen LGG you can increase your baby’s chances of becoming tolerant to cow’s milk, as research has shown that 79% of infants on Nutramigen LGG are tolerant to cow’s milk after 12 months of management, compared to other formulas investigated in the study (RHF, soy, AA, and eHF based on casein).5

    How will I know if my baby is tolerant to cow’s milk ?
    If your baby is formula-fed, your healthcare professional will usually put them on an extensively hydrolysed formula (eHF).  If their symptoms are resolved, then after 4 weeks a test is performed.  This test for tolerance to cow’s milk is called a Double Blind Placebo Controlled Food Challenge (or Food Challenge for short).  Your healthcare professional can tell if your baby is tolerant to cow’s milk by using the challenge results and other information. The test will be performed by your doctor.  Please do not attempt to perform this test at home without getting medical advice first.


    References

    1. Hemarajata and Versalovic 2013 
    2. Baldassarre 2010
    3. Host 2002 
    4. Santos 2010 
    5. Canani 2013