Cow & Gate instant carobel

Cow & Gate instant carobel is an instant gelling or thickening agent prepared from carob beans.  It is a food for special medical purposes and can be used in the dietary management of the following conditions:

  • Infantile vomiting and posseting when no organic cause is known
  • Habitual and recurrent vomiting, e.g. gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • Dysphagia
  • Rumination

Cow & Gate instant carobel will thicken cold or handwarm liquids. It can be used for both breastfed and bottlefed babies.  Cow & Gate instant carobel is suitable for full term babies, children and adults.

This product is GMS listed and available in pharmacy only.

Important Notice:
Food for special medical purposes (FSMP). For the dietary management of specific diseases, disorders, or medical conditions for which the product is intended, after full consideration of feeding options including breastfeeding. Only to be used under medical supervision. View Cow & Gate Specials Datacard

  • 135g powder carton
Cow & Gate instant carobel will thicken cold or handwarm liquids. The following is a guide only, quantities can easily be adjusted to meet individual requirements. As a spoonfeed: Use this method with breastfed babies, and possibly bottlefed babies.
  • Prepare a thick gel and feed in small quantities by spoon before and during the feed.
  • To prepare a thick gel, add 3 level scoops of Cow & Gate instant carobel to 60ml (2fl oz) of warm, previously boiled water.
  • Stir well and leave to thicken for 3–4 minutes.
  • Stir again and feed immediately.
In a bottlefeed:
  • For a thin bottlefeed add 1/2 scoop of Cow & Gate instant carobel to 90ml (3fl oz) which provides a 1% concentration.
  • For a thick bottlefeed add 1 scoop of Cow & Gate instant carobel to 60mls (2fl oz) which provides a 3% concentration.
  • Shake well and leave to thicken for 3–4 minutes.
  • Shake feed again and feed immediately.
  • Cow & Gate instant carobel will continue to thicken for 10–15 minutes.
  • For a thicker feed, add one scoop at a time shaking after each addition and waiting 3–4 minutes until the desired consistency is achieved.
NB: The teat will require a larger hole than normal when feeding a thickened bottlefeed. Alternatively, a variable flow (split) teat may be used. Adults: Cow & Gate instant carobel may be taken as a paste prior to eating (e.g. to alleviate vomiting during pregnancy) or sprinkled into fluids (e.g. in dysphagia). The degree of thickness required will vary according to individual needs. As a guide, 4–5 scoops of Cow & Gate instant carobel added to a cup (180ml) of cold or warm fluid has the consistency of thin custard.