Milk allergy and now possible soy allergy

Patty - posted on 11/12/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son was diagnosed with a milk allergy about 2 months ago after major reaction to mashed potatoes (hives, vomiting, wheezing). We saw an allergist and the only food allergy he tested positive to was milk. I have eliminated milk from his diet and mine (still nursing). All was going well and my son was finally pleasant. About two weeks ago I needed to start supplimenting with formula. I noticed he was getting very fussy again. After about of week of being miserable I took him to his peditriacian. She thinks he may have developed a soy allergy now that he has been exposed to soy. She recommends no soy for both of us for two weeks and see if his mood improves. She also recommends using Nutramigen Lipil formula. This concerns me a little because it is a milk based formula. The doc assured me the proteins are broken down so much that it is nearly impossible to have a reaction. I plan to call his allergist tomorrow. In the mean time, has anyone had similar experience with developing an allergy after the original diagnosis or experience with Nutramigen? Thanks Patty

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Jenifer - posted on 11/13/2008

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It says on the container........Alimentum - Hypoallergenic Formula- For Food Allergies & Colic(due to protein sensitivity) Easy to Digest - With Iron. It does say, It's hypoallergenic and contains a milk protein that is broken down into tiny pieces to virtually eliminate allergic reactions in most babies who are allergic to cow's milk protein. It's designed for babies with colicky symptoms such as excessive crying and fussiness due to cow's milk protein sensitivity. We have been very happy with this formula, my son has never had an allergic reaction.

Patty - posted on 11/13/2008

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Does that have milk proteins in it, but broken down or no milk proteins? The thought of giving a milk based formula, no matter how broken down the proteins are scares me.

Jenifer - posted on 11/12/2008

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Hi Patty, My son has a severe milk allergy, we tried a soy formula, and ended up the same way, we use Similac Alimentum, it is for food allergies. It is pretty expensive, but works great! My son is 18 mo old, and still on around 12-18 oz of formula (requested by my allergist) and also Rice Milk.

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