General Product Questions
What is Gelmix made of?
Gelmix is a USDA organic thickener for liquids. Its ingredients include organic tapioca maltodextrin (a starch), organic carob bean gum (a seed gum) and calcium carbonate.
Does Gelmix contain any common allergens?
No, Gelmix is free of all common allergens. Gelmix does not contain corn, soy, wheat, gluten, lactose or casein. Allergies to galactomannans are rare, however if it is suspected, do not use Gelmix.
Is Gelmix manufactured in the USA?
Yes, Gelmix is manufactured at a USDA organic certified GMP plant in South Florida.
General Mixing Questions
Why is it necessary to heat up liquids before mixing in Gelmix?
It is required to warm liquids to allow Gelmix to dissolve entirely and ensure a lasting viscosity. For best results, warm the liquid to 95-110°F before mixing in Gelmix. Freshly expressed milk at body temperature or warmed to body temperature works well.
What kinds of liquids will Gelmix thicken?
Gelmix will thicken any liquids that can be warmed first, however Gelmix was specifically formulated to thicken breast milk and infant formulas.
How thick can Gelmix make liquids?
Gelmix effectively thickens liquids to half-nectar (also often referred to as AR-thick) and nectar like consistencies. We do not recommend thickening to honey consistency for infants or children less than one year old.
Thickening Breast Milk or Formula
Is it safe to warm breast milk? How should I do it?
Gelmix mixes best in liquids warmed between 95-110°F. Freshly expressed breast milk at body temperature (around 98.6°F) will suffice. Thawed breast milk can be safely brought back to that temperature by placing it in a bottle and then placing the bottle in a bowl of warm water until lukewarm. Breast milk should not be warmed more than once.
Can I mix breast milk ahead of time with Gelmix?
Since Gelmix must be mixed with warmed milk, it is important to use caution when preparing in advance. Gelmix mixed with warmed breast milk may be stored in a sealed container at room temperature (up to 77°F) for up to 3 hours. Gelmix mixed with freshly expressed milk at body temperature may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Stored breast milk should never be warmed more than once, otherwise the nutrient value of the milk may be damaged.
What is the best way to mix Gelmix with breast milk that does not involve shaking?
Gelmix will dissolve in breast milk at body temperature (freshly expressed or warmed), so you just need to swirl it gently to mix Gelmix in thoroughly. Although vigorous shaking could potentially take away the natural qualities of proteins present in breast milk, such as lysozyme and other proteins, gently swirling does not exert enough force to break the amino acid bonds of those proteins.
Is it safe to heat up formula?
According to formula manufacturers, the temperature required to dissolve Gelmix is not high enough to affect the nutrients in formula. However, they recommend against heating up formulas containing probiotics. Always follow your formula manufacturer’s instructions on heating and reheating formula.
Can I mix formula ahead of time with Gelmix?
Most formulas can be mixed in advance with Gelmix and the mixture will remain thick after they are mixed. Always follow your formula’s preparation and storage instructions.
For powder formulas, you may prepare just warmed water and Gelmix in advance, then store the thickens water in a sealed, sterile container at room temperature for up to 24 hours. Then, when you’re ready to feed, just add the powder formula to the pre-thickened water.
What if my infant experiences gassiness or loose stools when starting Gelmix?
Transient gassiness is a common side effect among infants using Gelmix for the first time. Gassiness usually subsides within two weeks of use or by reducing the amount used.
Do I need to change the nipple size for thickened feeds?
Always check nipple flow as it may be necessary to adjust the nipple size for thickened feeds. If your infant appears to be working too hard to get the milk out of the bottle, try one size bigger. Not all babies have the same strength or drive, so it is not an exact science. If you’re having trouble deciding where to start, consult your pediatrician or feeding therapist.
The label on Nutramigen says it should not be heated. Can I use Gelmix with it?
Nutramigen LGG contains a type of probiotic that cannot withstand heat, if you want to preserve this probiotic, Gelmix should not be used with this type of Nutramigen.
Nutramigen Lipil’s manufacturer says it is safe to heat up to 100.0°F; at this temperature Gelmix should dissolve as long as the bottle is mixed properly.
Can Gelmix be used with preterm infants?
Gelmix is contraindicated for preterm and low birth weight infants until they have reached a corrected 42 weeks gestational age and a minimum weight of six pounds.
Where can I buy Gelmix?
Do I need a prescription to buy Gelmix?
No, Gelmix is a dietary supplement and is sold over the counter.
How long will a jar of Gelmix last?
A 250g jar will thicken 624 fl. oz to half-nectar (AR) or 416 fl. oz to nectar-thick. Depending on the amount of fluid consumed, a jar should last between 2-3 weeks.
Does Gelmix Thickener have an NDC or HCPCS code for Insurance or Medicaid/Medicare?
Gelmix Thickener is a dietary supplement and does not qualify for an NDC code. NDC codes are only provided for OTC and prescription drugs. When thickening is deemed medically necessary, Gelmix Thickener may be covered by some insurance providers under HCPCS Code B4100 under Durable Medical Equipment (DME) billing. Coverage under Medicaid/Medicare varies by state. Check with your insurance carrier or your local state Medicaid/Medicare office for specific coverage regulations and restrictions. Visit the Medicare Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding (PDAC) website for additional information and classification for Code B4100.
I am a retailer and would like to start carrying Gelmix. How do I get started?
Great! Visit our Wholesale page for more information.
Can I purchase Gelmix for my hospital or healthcare institution?
Yes, hospitals and healthcare institutions may Gelmix at bulk pricing from one of our nation-wide food distributors or directly from Parapharma Tech LLC. Contact us for more information.