sensitive to milk and soy proteins?

Shiloh - posted on 11/12/2008 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I suspect that my son is sensitive to milk and soy proteins and also has reflux, but my pediatrician says that if he was he would have blood in his stool... Has anyone had a child who had all of the symptoms except blood in their stool? Is there another possibility I don't know about?

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Kathryn - posted on 11/07/2009

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Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis. there are three main trigger food for it Milk Soy and wheat. some kids will have all three some will only have one my son only has one. his trigger food is milk. he was throwing up and had diarrhea really bad and was loosing weight before we figured it out. is the 3 months it took to figure it out my son lost almost 10 pounds (he was 19 months when it started)

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Aimee - posted on 08/10/2010

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my daughter is allergic to soy and protein and she has severe GERD and she's never pooed any blood. she's had to switch milk a million times but she's now on elecare and nexium and only spits up about once or twice a day at max unless she's out of her elecare or nexium. then it's like it's raining acid :( get a second opinion because it took me several months to find a doctor that finally sent me to a doctor that specializes in reflux and allergies.

Jill - posted on 08/05/2010

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once again drs don;t know everything....my son is allergic to the proteins in egg, milk , treenuts and peanuts....he cannot digest them... therefore he throws up , his throat closes, his nose runs, his eyes swell, he gets hives....NEVER had blood in his stool.... drs know only what is written in books....not first hand knowledge like the parents of these children....get your son allergiy tested at an allergist..... they will tell you exactly what he is allergic to

Caitlinn - posted on 06/24/2010

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my son is allergic to milk & soy as well and didnt have any blood in his stool. he was very fussy and constipated & had a constant rash. his doctor switched him to nutramigen and hes been happy ever since. i would get a second opinion..

Jennifer - posted on 05/22/2010

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ummm yeah, not true. not to call a doctor a liar or anything, but I spend the first 6 months of my son's life wondering what i was doing wrong. There were nights that I walked up and down my hallway for 5 hours while he screamed. nothing helped him. We suspected a milk allergy cause our oldest was allergic to milk. But say didn't work. Turns out that he was unable to digest milk and soy proteins. Apparently it is built up over time. So the pain, pressure and gas got worse the more he had it. Now he is 3, he can eat cheese and yogurt, but drinks soy milk cause he never got used to regular milk. He still complains of a stomach ache now and then, and I am sure it is the cheese and yogurt. We kept him on rice products until he was almost 2, then went to soy because his doc said he should grow out of this. He is great on soy products now. He has no reflux anymore and is no longer throwing up. (he would go throw up in a corner of the room and not tell anyone) But he NEVER had blood in his stool. I would go with your gut and do what you think is right. Try him out on rice products and if he isn't getting better within a month, then it may be something else. Just remember that the protein intolerance is built up over time, so the opposite hold true as well, he will not be better in a couple of days, the proteins need to cycle out of his system. So just give a new type of food some time to work. I hope he feels better soon!

Jenny - posted on 04/21/2010

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My daughter at 2 months old had no real intense symptoms like blood or vomit (spit up was excessive though, I will say). But I knew she had to be sick, she would just scream and scream and it appeared to be her stomach that was causing the problem based on her movements. She was EBF and when the doc said to cut dairy from my diet I was surprised, didn't think it was gonna work. But it sure did! 5 days later she was like a new baby. I ended up quitting the breastfeeding cause it was really hard to keep it consistent for her. She's on Alimentum now and doing great. So I'd say if it works it works, no need to question it :) Plus it's true, the doctor said she will outgrow it soon.

Emily - posted on 04/17/2010

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my son, now 7 1/2 months old was put on Neocate LCp at 4 months old. he was constantly vomiting and havingin diorrhea, he was even bringing up water or juice. He satrted to refuse the normal formula milk and his weight began to drop down the centile lines, his stolls also smelled disgusting by the way, and i don't mean like normal poo smell either! I persisted with telling our doctor that something wasnt' right, but by the time she actually referred us t a diectician my son had become so pale, lethargic and dehydrated and he hardly did anything, was brusing easily and his fontanelle had sunken in, his lips were drying up too. I rang the dietician up once we got confirmation of our appointment and she gave us a prescription for the Neocate straight away saying that my son could have ended up in hospital dying from deyhdration within 2 weeks because he was so ill.

As a mother i knew something was wrong. there was no blood in my son's stools whatsoever!! You do not need all of the symptoms for you baby to have a milk allergy of lactose intollerance. As a mother you are the one who knows best.

I suggest you monitor your son carefully, and if you feel he has a problem and he doesn't get any better then stick to your guns like i did. If your doctor won't listen you, get a second opinion as most doctors will often dismis things for the most common thing they can think of. not becasue they are bad doctors, just because normally it is the most common thing, and milk allery is not that common.

I hope this long winded reply helps you. xxxx

Jenny - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughter had the same problems...It was pretty rough. We had here on Similac Sensitive for the longest time. We had allergy tests done when she was a year old and it all came back negative. The doctor said that sometimes they can't break down the proteins all the way and they eventually grow out of it. He was right. By the time my daughter was 14 months old she was able to eat dairy with no problem.

Cait - posted on 02/20/2010

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my little girl had the blood in the stools at 10 days old and after 4 weeks hadn't gained any weight. she was put on Neocate and gained 470g in 10 days! she still has problems with reflux but we have just started Zantac which seems to be working, slowly.

Meagan - posted on 11/02/2009

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My daughter is allergic to cow's milk proteins and reflux. She had blood in her stools but my Pediatrician said they only get blood if its severe. There are blood and stool test you can have done that will let you know. My daughter is on Neocate and losec for reflux and she is now a different baby heath and personality wise. if your worried don't give up the fight!!!

Nicole - posted on 11/01/2009

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I would get a second opinion. My baby was showing those same signs and at 11 months of age we found out that he was actually allergic to wheat, eggs, milk and peanuts. He is on a special baby formula called Neocate 1+ because we did have him on Nutramagin from Enfamil but it still contained milk.

Karen - posted on 09/27/2009

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My son has food sensitivities to soy, milk, eggs and wheat. He is 21 months old and had reflux as an infant which he has outgrown. The only symptom he has is soft stool. He has never had blood in his stool. My pediatrician did a special test for food intolerences and that's how we found out.

Dawn - posted on 11/12/2008

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my daughter is allergic to Milk and Milk products, she gets hives, eczema, and throws up TONS, (no blood in her stool) my pediatrician gave her a blood test (this is different from the skin poke test) and it showed what foods she's allergic to and what foods are possible allergies, I am from Canada so I don't know if that test is available from where you are but I would demand that they give it to you OR go and see an allergist. Her pediatrician wanted me to keep giving her milk and the allergist say don't and gave her an epy pen since vomiting is a reaction. I also had to switch pediatricians cause of the opinion of my first one...he didn't even really acknowledge her allergy and made it seem like it was all in my head. I agree with Cherie stick up for you little one and get a second opinion from a dr that specializes in the problem. good luck

Cherie - posted on 11/12/2008

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Both my babies have had all these symptoms, and they had to use a formula called Neocate (my one and a half year still uses the junior and my 5 year drinks rice milk). It is very expensive but worth every penny! My kids were able to grow, keep their food down and their bodies were able to heal their acid reflux issues (both are off the prescriptions for acid reflux). Of course it wasn't over night but it did seem to be quick. Best of luck! Remember you are his Mom and only you can defend/stick up for him. Your gut feelings are usually right always listen to them! If needs be get a different doctor! Find an allergist or a gastroenteritis (SP). Don't give up!

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