Digestion and the Immature Gut

  • In otherwise healthy infants, digestive discomfort may occur because infants have an immature gut. Learn about the developing infant digestive system and how Gentlease formula can help. It has with easy-to-digest partially hydrolyzed protein and reduced lactose.


  • In otherwise healthy infants, digestive discomfort may occur because infants have an immature gut


    Enzymes that break down lactose and protein in the digestive system may not be fully active at birth1,2

    Lactase and Enterokinase  Graph

    When these enzymes are not fully active, some lactose and protein may travel to the large intestine intact, where they are fermented by bacteria3

    • Bacterial fermentation in the gut can cause gas, which may lead to fussiness or crying


    A formula change may help ease digestive discomfort


    Lower levels of lactose and easy-to-digest partially hydrolyzed proteins

    Lactose and Partially Hydrolyzed Proteins Graph

  • * Graphic illustration of molecules; not intended as an accurate visual depiction

    References:

    1. González HL et al. Acta Pediatr Mex. 2005;26:270-292

    2. Antonowicz I et al. Gastroenterology. 1977;72:1299-1303

    3. Cummings JH et al. J Appl Bacteriol. 1991;70:443-459.

    4. Heyman MB et al. Pediatrics. 2006;118:1279-1286