Answers to Your Questions About EleCare® and EleCare® Jr
Can EleCare be used for infants younger than 1 year of age?
Yes. EleCare is indicated for infants younger than 1 year. EleCare Jr is indicated for children older than 1 year.
What is done during the production of EleCare and EleCare Jr to maintain their hypoallergenicity?
All of the equipment used to make EleCare and EleCare Jr is thoroughly cleaned before manufacture. After cleaning, samples from the equipment and product contact surfaces are tested using ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) testing methods. ELISA testing detects casein, whey, and soy protein. Only after the equipment passes this testing does production of EleCare and EleCare Jr begin. Each commercial batch is tested using both ELISA and PAGE (Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis) methods. The PAGE method is not as sensitive as ELISA, but has the advantage of detecting the presence of any protein, regardless of the source.
Can EleCare and EleCare Jr be fed to a child with lactose intolerance or galactosemia?
Yes, EleCare and EleCare Jr are lactose-free and galactose-free. They also are fructose-free.
What is the importance of being "gluten-free"?
EleCare and EleCare Jr do not contain the protein gluten, so children with celiac disease can use them. People with celiac disease are sensitive to gluten, which is a protein found in wheat and other grains.
Can EleCare and EleCare Jr be frozen after mixing?
It is not recommended to freeze EleCare or EleCare Jr.
Can EleCare and EleCare Jr be used in cooking or baking?
No. EleCare and EleCare Jr should not be heated.
How long can EleCare and EleCare Jr be stored?
EleCare and EleCare Jr can be stored on the shelf, unopened, for 24 months. Be sure to check the expiration date on the can.
How long is it safe to use an open can of EleCare and EleCare Jr?
Once opened, the contents of a can of EleCare or EleCare Jr should be used within one month.
Can EleCare and EleCare Jr be tube-fed?
EleCare and EleCare Jr may be fed orally or by tube directly into the digestive system. It should not be fed intravenously (through a vein).
How long can EleCare or EleCare Jr hang for a tube feeding after being mixed?
EleCare and EleCare Jr can be fed safely for four hours under standard tube-feeding conditions.
Are EleCare and EleCare Jr kosher?
Abbott Nutrition attempts to use PAREVE ingredients in EleCare and EleCare Jr and uses appropriate methods of CIP (clean-in-place) to sanitize and kosherize (for Dairy designation) equipment prior to manufacturing EleCare and EleCare Jr. Abbott Nutrition's manufacturing plants are kosher for Dairy. Abbott Nutrition conducts extensive testing to make sure the manufacturing equipment is milk-protein free prior to production and also tests the product using sensitive techniques for the presence of milk protein. Due to OU labeling requirements regarding use of equipment that manufactures both pareve and dairy products, to put an OU designation on the label, the label would need to indicate "OU Dairy" or "Pareve OU, Contains only Pareve ingredients. Manufactured on dairy equipment." Abbott Nutrition has concluded that to have the word "Dairy" on the label would lead to confusion by parents of children who are allergic to milk proteins. Thus, Abbott Nutrition has decided not to put these designations on the label of EleCare or EleCare Jr. Abbott Nutrition suggests that consumers for whom this is an issue contact their rabbi for approval to consume this product.
What are DHA and ARA?
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA) are two fatty acids that are important for mental and visual development in infants. They can be obtained directly from the diet or made naturally by the baby from two precursor essential fatty acids – alpha linolenic acid (precursor of DHA) and linoleic acid (precursor of ARA). DHA and ARA function as nutritional building blocks in brain and eye development, which occurs most rapidly during the first two years of life.
Can babies be allergic to DHA and ARA?
It would be highly unlikely for a baby to have an allergic reaction to DHA and ARA. Allergies occur in response to proteins. DHA and ARA are fatty acids and the sources of these are free of protein contamination.