Frequently Asked Questions

Gelmix Infant Thickener

Is Gelmix a gel?

No, Gelmix is actually a powder thickener. The reason it is called “Gelmix” is because of the smooth gel-like mouth feel it creates when mixed into liquids.

 

Is Gelmix Hypoallergenic?

Yes, Gelmix is free of all common allergens. Gelmix does not contain corn, soy, wheat, gluten, lactose or casein. Allergies to carob bean gum are extremely rare in academic literature.

 

Is Gelmix kosher?

Gelmix only uses kosher, pareve ingredients, the organic tapioca maltodextrin and organic carob bean gum ingredients carry a UMK Pareve certification, and calcium carbonate is considered kosher, pareve without supervision. Gelmix does not use the hechsher mark on its label because the manufacturing plant does not carry kosher certification.

 

Why do I have to use WARM breast milk or formula?

Gelmix works best with lukewarm breast milk or formula (around 100°F). Freshly expressed breast milk at body temperature (around 98.6°F) will suffice. In order to ensure the powder dissolves easily and creates a lasting viscosity, it must be mixed into lukewarm liquid. Be careful not to overheat, excessive heat may cause the Gelmix to clump and may harm the nutritional balance of infant milk.

 

What liquids can I thicken with Gelmix?

Gelmix was specifically formulated to thicken breast milk and formula, however it can thicken any liquid that can be warmed for mixing. If you’re looking to thicken milk, water or juice for children over 1 year old, Purathick, for hot and cold liquids, is the better option.

 

How thick can Gelmix make liquids?

Gelmix effectively thickens liquids to moderately thick (aka honey). Moderately thick liquids are more difficult to pass through a nipple/teat and are NOT typically recommended for infants. This difficulty may increase risk of dehydration due to poor oral intake. Remember, always consult a medical professional before thickening liquids to ensure it is appropriate for your infant’s individual needs.

 

My baby is gassy after starting Gelmix, is that normal?

Transient gassiness and loose stools are 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.

 

I’m getting clumps, what can I do to prevent that?

Work quickly when mixing to avoid clumps. When the Gelmix sits in the liquid for too long without mixing, it starts to bind and becomes more difficult to assimilate. Extremely hot liquids can also cause clumping, so be careful not to overheat the liquid.

 

Do I need to cross cut the nipple for thickened feeds?

Gelmix mixes into a smooth texture that flows easily through regular sized nipples. Not all babies have the same strength or drive, so consult with your pediatrician or feeding therapist on where to start. It may be necessary to go up a size for thickened feedings, however cross cutting the nipple is a very dangerous practice and is not necessary for thickened feeds with Gelmix.

 

Can Gelmix be used with preterm infants?

Gelmix is contraindicated for preterm and low birth weight infants until they have reached a minimum weight of six pounds and a corrected age of 2 weeks (often referred to as 42 weeks postmenstrual age). Remember, always consult a medical professional before thickening liquids to ensure it is appropriate for your infant’s individual needs.

 

My formula has a probiotic, can I use it with Gelmix?

Heat can damage the probiotic. Since heating the liquid is required to mix with Gelmix, it is not recommended to use ready to feed formulas that contain a probiotic. For powder formulas, Gelmix can be mixed with warm water to thicken, then allowed to cool down before mixing in the powder formula.

 

Is Gelmix covered by insurance?

When thickening is deemed “medically necessary” some private insurance companies cover thickeners under HCPCS billing code B4100. Coverage under Medicaid/Medicare varies by state. Check with your private insurance carrier or your local state Medicaid/Medicare office for specific coverage regulations and restrictions. If you are denied coverage by medicaid, we have a patient assistance discount program to help reduce the cost for low income families.

 

How many teaspoons are in a 1.2g Gelmix scoop?

There’s not an exact household measure equivalent to the 1.2g scoop that comes inside the Gelmix jar. If the scoop is unavailable, a gram scale is the best way to measure out 1.2g of powder, or if a scale is not available, the closest household measure is a heaping 1/4 tsp.

 

Purathick

Do I have to shake Purathick to mix?

Purathick thickens liquids best when it is mixed with a shaker. We like the BlenderBottle shakers, but any shaker will do.

 

Is Purathick covered by insurance?

When thickening is deemed “medically necessary” some private insurance companies cover thickeners under HCPCS billing code B4100. Coverage under Medicaid/Medicare varies by state. Check with your private insurance carrier or your local state Medicaid/Medicare office for specific coverage regulations and restrictions. If covered, you’ll need to send the referral for Purathick to one of our DME suppliers.

 

Can Purathick thicken carbonated beverages?

It is not recommended. While Purathick will thicken the liquid, carbonated beverages will lose their carbonation when mixed with Purathick.

 

Does Purathick contain any common allergens?

Purathick is free of all common allergens. Gelmix does not contain corn, soy, wheat, gluten, lactose or casein. It is USDA organic and also GMO free.

 

Is Purathick kosher?

Purathick only uses kosher, pareve ingredients, the organic tapioca maltodextrin and organic tara gum ingredients carry a UMK Pareve certification, and calcium carbonate is considered kosher, pareve without supervision. Purathick does not use the hechsher mark on its label because the manufacturing plant does not carry kosher certification. 

 

Why is Purathick not recommend for children under 1?

The ingredients in Purathick, while very similar to Gelmix, have only been tested for therapeutic use with toddlers, older children and adults. Additionally, Purathick works best when shaken with liquids, and it is typically discouraged to shake breast milk vigorously. Gelmix ingredients have been well tested for safety and therapeutic use with infants, and is still the best option for thickening breast milk or formula for infants under 1 year old.

 

General Product Questions

Where are Gelmix and Purathick manufactured?

Gelmix and Purathick thickeners are manufactured at a USDA organic certified GMP plant in South Florida, brought to you by Parapharma Tech and certified organic by QCS.

 

Where can I buy Gelmix and Purathick?

Both thickeners are available for purchased directly on our website and at Amazon Prime. There are a number of select retailers across the United States and Canada to purchase over the counter. There are also home health and DME suppliers of both products if your insurance provides coverage for thickeners.

 

Do I need a prescription?

No, our thickeners are classified as USDA organic food supplements and are sold over the counter.

 

Does Gelmix or Purathick have an NDC code or HCPCS code?

Our organic thickeners are food supplements and do not qualify for an NDC code. NDC codes are only provided for OTC and prescription drugs. Instead, our thickeners carry a HCPCS Code B4100 under Durable Medical Equipment (DME) billing.