The decision to be placed on an elemental diet needs to be discussed between you and your physician. In general, treatment failures are very rare with elemental diets. Several studies evaluating elemental diets in children with eosinophilic esophagitis have shown complete resolution of disease in 95% cases or more. It may be difficult for some children to drink enough formula to maintain adequate nutrition. In these cases, a G tube or nasogastrostomy (NG) tubes may be needed to provide sufficient nutrition for a child.
Unacceptable forms of nutrition in an elemental diet include hydrolyzed formulas where milk or soy protein are hydrolyzed or broken down into smaller peptides but still retain some degree of allergenic potential.