March 17, 2019
Is milk formula especially hot natured?
The elders always say that infant formula is hot natured so we need to mix in some infant formula tea or something to clear heat. Is it true? Milk formula is made from cow’s milk with processes to sterilize, condense and dry. The drying process does make formula hot natured. But that does not mean all babies that have formula will have heat in body, we still need to assess the symptoms. Children with hot related body types will have red complexion, dry lips, eye discharge, bad breath, rashes, low volume and yellowish urination, dry stool and even constipation, irritable and poor sleep quality.
Solids are introduced at 6 months old and formula is no longer the main source of nutrient. Some babies may even eat teething biscuits or rice crackers that are hot in nature due to the baking process. You can add some mild natured or cool natured fruits to their snacks such as apple, kiwi, and oranges to balance it out. From 1 year old on, you can give 60ml of rice water daily to strengthen the digestive system. For those with heat related symptoms try sugar cane and imperatae water or corn silk water with corn and water chestnut. For those with questions regarding your child’s body type, consult a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.
Corn silk water with corn and water chestnut
Effects: 80g fresh corn silk, 2 ears of corn, 20h rice sprouts, 20g malt, 6 water chestnuts, rock sugar to taste