milk and soy allergy...

Jillian - posted on 11/28/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my son is almost 8 months old. He was diagnosed with the milk and soy protein allergy about 1 month ago. I am making all of his baby food and he is on special amino acid based formula. He also has acid reflux and is on zantac 3 times a day to control the belly pain and throwing up....

is anyone else doing this allergy/acid reflux road too??

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Jennifer - posted on 01/04/2009

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RIght there with ya, it's all consuming for me, it's tough.

hang in there

Colleen - posted on 12/02/2008

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My daughter is a little over 2 years old and is still on special formula (Elecare) due to milk and soy intolerances. She also has to take Prevacid for the reflux. She was on Zantac...but it didn't work for her. The food situation will get a little easier for you as your son progresses to more grown-up foods. For example, when I cook chicken or vegetables, I cook them without butter. I just find that I have to be very careful when we go out to eat and usually I'll bring food for her that I know doesn't have any milk (including butter) or soy products in it. There is a cake recipe that doesn't use any milk, soy, or eggs. I used it for my daughter's birthday party and surprisingly everyone still thought it was great. (By the way, about a year ago, I let Gerber know that it would be nice if they offered more products without cheese and milk/soy products in them, as there are a number of children with food allergies/intolerances. They might consider it, if more parents told the baby food manufacturers to cut back on the allergens in their food products.)

Jillian - posted on 11/29/2008

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It is very time consuming but well worth the time invested!

Patty- Our GI told us that about 80% of babies that are allergic to milk will be allergic to soy. His formula is only available with a doctors order, (although it is not prescription).

Melanie- He was diagnosed with the acid reflux at 6 weeks old. He was on milk based formula at the time, then switched to soy formula. He continued to throw up all contents of his bottle. The doctor then put him on hypoallergenic milk based formula. He continued to throw up the contents of the bottles. We tried putting cereal in the bottles to weigh down in him tummy, as per dr. request. Nothing worked.... One morning he woke up covered in hives, I rushed him to the office, only for them to tell me to let it work out of his system naturally...

we switched doctors that night. The new doctor insisted that we see a GI immediately. We went to the GI. It was a whole new ball game.... testing his stool for blood, testing his vomit for blood, switching his formula immediately. She determined tha he was allergic to milk protein and soy protein just by looking at his records and a phsyical exam!!!! Within 3 days he stopped vomitting! She has him on the zantac 3 times a day to control the uncomfortableness associated with the reflux.

Now we are introducing the baby food SLOWLY (according to studies and statistics he will be allergic to about 45% of what is introduced). That is proving to be so true =(



SO it is time comsuming but well worth the effort to see the smiles and hear the laughs!

Patty - posted on 11/29/2008

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I have a 9 month old with a severe milk allergy (diagnosed at 6 months) and now may have developed a soy allergy. I am nursing and supplementing with EleCare. Since I am nursing, I too am on a strict diet. Fortunately, he does not have any issues with reflux. WE have to reintroduce the soy formula next month. Since in August he tested neagative to soy, but had reactions when I started the soy formula.
Good luck. I know it is tough and time consuming.

Patty

Melanie - posted on 11/28/2008

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I have a son with allergies and a daughter with reflux. No mix of the two (so far), though. I am wondering when he was diagnosed with the reflux? Could his painful belly and throwing up be symptoms of his allergies? I know of other people whose children threw up milk products (pretty forcefully, too, I might add!) and that can often be a symptom of reflux. I am wondering if your little one's belly pain and throwing up may subside after being on the more restricted diet. I know my son will still have some symptoms of allergic reaction long after he has had exposure. I am hopeful your son is doing better soon! Good luck!

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