Allergy to milk

Kathryn - posted on 09/24/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have a child that is allergic to milk?? Just trying to figure out the best way to wean him off formula!! This is all new to me and I have no clue what I am doing!!Thanks for any help!!

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Caryn - posted on 09/24/2009

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This is something you need to talk to your childs pediatrian about.

I started weaning my son and he ended up with a reaction to milk so I put him completely back on formula (per dr orders) and after the milk was completely out of his system we started soy milk. He reacted to that as well (which is rare!) so for now we are just sticking with formula.

There are loads of other options (i.e. Lactaid, goats milk, sheeps milk, rice milk, almond milk, pediasure...) and you just need to talk to your dr about which one is right for your child.

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Jane - posted on 10/16/2009

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as i said before the main reaction for my son was chronic constipation, but he also gets a spotty exzema rash all over his body, which i was told ws an allergic reaction. after a couple of weeks we tried him on a small amount of dairy and spots appeard on his face and his body then his face swelled up went bright red and was hot to touch. there are all sorts of allergic reactions though so just keep your eye on any changes in her,

Lilly - posted on 10/04/2009

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My oldest is allergic to corn syrup, which is the base for MOST formulas and the reason we had such a hard time finding something for my middle child. We ended up with Alimentum ready to use formula, which was the only one we found w/o corn syrup. We believe that the Standard American Diet is just that- SAD. The recommendations given by the FDA and many doctors is actually sub-par. I'm not saying rice milk is the best, in fact as I stated earlier we stopped drinking it, because we found Almond Milk which gives protein and iron missing from cows milk. Also we do green smoothies everyday with the whole family- this gives them more than enough calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamins C, A, and B12(Spirulina). And yes even my 1 year old drinks it down! We have been giving them to her since she was 7 months old. They are so fun and we have a different one everyday just depending on what fruits we have in the fridge.

So if there is an allergy, there are lots of options out there- research and don't necessarily take your doctors word for it- we have had to educate out doctor on a few things. You know what feels right for you and your kids.

Jaci - posted on 10/04/2009

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Quoting Lilly:

Just wondering why Rice milk would be considered bad. My thought is that the doctors recommend Rice cereal for infants, why then can't they drink Rice milk? Soy is different because of the estrogen levels being too high for children. I question whether or not Formula is any better because it has MILK in it... that's just my opinion though, and that is where the allergy was first noticed in my children. My kids threw up most of the bottle and we had to try several for my second to find one that worked. My youngest, I have nursed full time, and continue to do so.



Rice milk does not have all the nutrition your child needs. My daughter in on Nutramagin which has no milk or soy in it, its from Enfamil and has all the nutrients she needs.

Caryn - posted on 10/04/2009

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Lilly...some formula is soy-based not milk-based. The formula my son is on (enfamil gentlease) is milk-based but is 70% lactose-free, he is fine eating bits of dairy (ie mac-n-cheese, mashed potatoes, ect) but can't handle very much. Hes just got a light allergy to it and for now we are continueing the formula in hopes that he outgrows it, if now we will try other options :)

WTG on the breastfeeding :)

Lilly - posted on 10/04/2009

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Just wondering why Rice milk would be considered bad. My thought is that the doctors recommend Rice cereal for infants, why then can't they drink Rice milk? Soy is different because of the estrogen levels being too high for children. I question whether or not Formula is any better because it has MILK in it... that's just my opinion though, and that is where the allergy was first noticed in my children. My kids threw up most of the bottle and we had to try several for my second to find one that worked. My youngest, I have nursed full time, and continue to do so.

Jaci - posted on 10/04/2009

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Quoting Caryn:

This is something you need to talk to your childs pediatrian about.
I started weaning my son and he ended up with a reaction to milk so I put him completely back on formula (per dr orders) and after the milk was completely out of his system we started soy milk. He reacted to that as well (which is rare!) so for now we are just sticking with formula.
There are loads of other options (i.e. Lactaid, goats milk, sheeps milk, rice milk, almond milk, pediasure...) and you just need to talk to your dr about which one is right for your child.



I was told the option of rice milk is not good for children under 2, definatly talk to your child's doctor before you make any decisions.



 my daughter is allergic to milk protien and soy so her doctor is keeping her on formula longer in the hopes she will out grow the allergy!

Lilly - posted on 10/03/2009

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All three of mine are allergic and they each have different reactions, but I have one on Goats milk, another on almond milk, and another does either or. i also have the allergy, and was told by my doctor that Soy protein is very similar to that of cows milk, and involves too much estrogen for infants and toddlers especially so it's really not a good idea. If you have nut allergies obviously you don't want to go there either, but i also hear that Almonds are one of the mildest of nuts. We did Rice milk for a while, but i prefer the flavor of Almond milk, It tastes better when put in things like pancakes, and "mac and cheese." Good luck, and go with what works best for you and you family.

Katrina - posted on 10/03/2009

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With my daughter it happened very quickly. I introduced milk to her by mixing it with her oatmeal. Before she was done with it she already started developing the hives. They did start on her stomach but then spread within 10 minutes covering most of the front of her body. The hives were super bright red and started to get big white welts on them. The hives were also giving off heat. Then she started projectile vomiting. We had to go to the ER within an hour of the feeding. They gave her Benadryl and gave me the dosing chart so I could give it to her until the hives subsided. It took most of a day for all of the hives to go away, but then the diarrhea started and it was so acidic that it caused severe diaper rash that we had to treat with a prescription because none of the over the counter remedies worked. So with us it was pretty obvious that there was an allergy problem. I don't know what a minor allergy would be like.

Kitt - posted on 10/03/2009

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Not sure if my daughter is allegic to milk. Started to introduce cows milk in the morning last monday (today is Sat)..On Wed she started to have a runny nose, a minor fever, and she vomitted in the evening, thought she got a cold so I stopped the cows milk and continued with her usual formula, went to the Dr on Friday and he said it was just a virus, nothing to worry about. I then gave a few sips of cows milk. However on Friday night I noticed she has spots on her belly. Can you describe your child's allegic reation to cows milk.

Katrina - posted on 10/02/2009

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My daughter had a severe reaction to milk products. We ended up in the emergency room because she had hives from her nose to her knees along with giant welts that started showing up. She also had diarrhea for almost 4 days afterward. Since then I don't give her anything dairy. We use mostly Enfamil Prosobee Soy or Silk soy milk. These are the only things that have worked for us since she had such a bad reaction.

Jane - posted on 09/30/2009

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my son cant have dairy fall stop it made him come out in exzema and chronic constipation. have you noticed any problems with the formula milk. my son was constipated on that and was told to put him on cows milk but the problem got worse. since he has no dairy and drinks soy he is fine. try giving him one bottle of your choice of milk during the day when he is happiest if he likes it try increasing it a couple of days later and keep increasing it until he is totally on that type of milk. buy doing it gradually you will know if he is allergic as some reactions take a day or so to show. hope this helps

Jennifer - posted on 09/25/2009

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My daughter gets diarrhea with milk so she drinks Lactaid 2% and it seems to be working fine for her. I am lactose intolerant so I was pretty sure she would be also. I started with one feeding the first week and uped a feeding next week etc....

Tracy - posted on 09/24/2009

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my son is also allergic to milk. we use enfamil next step soy formula. we also use soy milk which my son seems to really like. ask your doctor though which is the best option for your child

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