The Early Years: Giving Your Little One the Best Start in Life

Nutricia is by your family’s side following your baby’s diagnosis of an inborn error of metabolism: our Periflex®/Anamix® Early Years metabolic infant formulas are used and trusted in 25 countries, and we’re here with all-around support to give your little one the best start in life.

Aspen and Finn seated on the ground
Aspen and her big brother Finn. Aspen was diagnosed with phenylketonuria (PKU) at birth and started on Nutricia’s PKU Periflex Early Years infant formula.

Nutricia is committed to supporting your little one with the best nutrition possible. We understand that it can be overwhelming when you first learn that your baby is diagnosed with a metabolic disorder like phenylketonuria (PKU), maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), homocystinuria (HCU), or another rare inborn error of metabolism. We want you to know that we are here for you.

What are Periflex/Anamix Early Years formulas?

Periflex/Anamix Early Years are powdered infant formulas for the dietary management of inborn errors of metabolism. We offer Early Years formulas for PKU, MSUD, HCU, glutaric acidemia type 1 (GA-1), tyrosinemia (TYR), methylmalonic/propionic academia (MMA/PA), isovaleric acidemia (IVA), and sulfite oxidase deficiency (SOD).

Periflex/Anamix Early Years formulas are tailored to meet your baby’s nutritional needs for growth and development and do not contain the amino acids your baby cannot break down. Early Years are the only metabolic infant formulas that contain both prebiotic oligosaccharides and DHA & ARA. Scroll down to learn more about these nutrients in Early Years formulas.

Line-up of the Early Years formula family
Periflex/Anamix Early Years metabolic infant formulas are available for a variety of inborn errors of metabolism.

More information about your baby’s condition

Inborn errors of amino acid metabolism like PKU and MSUD are rare genetic disorders in which the body cannot properly break down certain amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. The disorders are usually caused by defects in specific enzymes that help metabolize these amino acids.

Check out our TEMPLE (Tools Enabling Metabolic Parents Learning) series of booklets and videos that explain inborn errors of metabolism in easy-to-understand language and pictures. They’re perfect if you’re new to the world of inborn errors of metabolism. Our blog includes TEMPLE and other educational resources available to you and your friends and family to help better understand your little one’s condition.

Why has Periflex/Anamix Early Years been recommended for my baby, and why does my baby need this formula?

Your baby’s Early Years formula has been recommended as part of a complete diet plan to help meet nutritional requirements for growth and development.

Early Years provides your baby with a great start in life, as well as the experience and reassurance of a product that has been used and trusted in 25 countries.

What’s special about Periflex/Anamix Early Years?

Unlike other metabolic infant formulas, Early Years formulas contain both prebiotic oligosaccharides and DHA & ARA.

Prebiotic oligosaccharides are a form of dietary fiber. They feed the “good bacteria” in your baby’s digestive tract. Prebiotic oligosaccharides help support your baby’s immune system and digestive health.

DHA & ARA are two fatty acids that are very important for your baby’s development. DHA in particular is important for your baby’s brain, eye, and nerve development, from infancy up to two years of age.

The prebiotic oligosaccharide blend used in Nutricia’s Early Years formulas has been clinically demonstrated to help maintain good digestive and immune health for babies. This may be especially important when exclusive breastfeeding is not an option.

You can feel confident that you’re making the best choice for your baby with Nutricia Early Years: these are the only metabolic infant formulas to contain both prebiotics oligosaccharides and DHA & ARA.

Aspen and her dad, Darryl
Aspen and her dad Darryl.

How should I prepare my baby’s formula?

Your dietitian will advise you on the amount of powder and water needed to make your baby’s bottle. Freshly prepared formula is best. Formula prepared in advance must be cooled rapidly, stored in the refrigerator and used within 24 hours of preparation.

For more tips on preparing your baby’s formula, such as how to use a gram scale, ask your clinic to send you Nutricia’s Early Years Caregiver’s Guide, a booklet full of metabolic infant formula information.

What comes next?

The early years go by fast! As your baby grows past infancy, she’ll be ready for a toddler-stage formula. Work with your metabolic clinic to learn when and how to transition your little one to a toddler-stage formula and diet.

Nutricia provides toddler-stage formulas that your baby can transition to after Early Years formulas. Like Early Years, our Periflex® Junior Plus for PKU and Anamix® Next formulas for HCU, TYR, MMA/PA, and IVA provide key nutrition for your little one. Nutricia also makes next-stage formulas for GA-1 and MSUD called GlutarAde® Essential and Complex MSD® Essential, respectively.

We also offer a variety of specialty low protein foods as your child grows and begins to eat solids.

PKU family
Hear first-hand from a family whose little one started on PKU Periflex Early Years infant formula: “PKU is a family thing:” Lacy talks about raising her daughter Aspen

For more on raising a little one with a metabolic disorder, read our story about Aspen, a baby diagnosed with PKU, and her mom Lacy. Aspen started on Periflex PKU Early Years formula as an infant and is a thriving, healthy little one.

To learn more about Periflex/Anamix Early Years metabolic infant formulas, talk to your metabolic healthcare team. You can also check out our product pages for more information.

Periflex/Anamix Early Years are metabolic infant formulas for the dietary management of various inborn errors of metabolism and must be used under medical supervision. Always consult your metabolic healthcare team with questions about your child’s diet or condition management.

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