My 3 year old can't have cows milk.

Amber - posted on 11/03/2008 ( 47 moms have responded )

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She will sometimes drink soy or rice chocolate milk. She can eat cheese, ice cream, yogurt with no problems it is just milk.



Anyone else's child like this? Is there something over the counter that worked for your child? My doctor said it would be OK to try something like that.

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Lori - posted on 11/03/2008

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Try Almond Breeze! That is what my 2 year old has had since she stopped nursing because she has problems with cow milk.

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Amanda - posted on 02/17/2012

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my son is a year old and breaks out with a rash all over his body when he drinks milk but is fine with cheese, ice cream and yogurt as well..our asthma/allergy doctor said to try soy milk or something similar.

Ashley - posted on 02/23/2011

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my 2 yr old is having this problem right now. i dont agree with the whole autism thing and shots though. There has been A LOT of evidence to debunk that and the guy that wrote that article was discredited. We interviewed peds that used to live in England when there were a lot of outbreaks of mumps and rubella, he said he had never seen so many children die, stillborn or with birth defects because the mother got mumps. For those very reasons we decided it was better to go ahead with the immunizations

Kelly. - posted on 08/30/2010

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my daughter has been on nutramigen since she was 2 months old, she was diagnosed with acid reflux and put on prevacid because she wasn't keeping anything down she was projectile vomitting everything, with the prevacid and nutramigen there was a huge improvement, now she's 9 months and hasn't been on the prevacid for 2 months and is doing great, she can't have soy or cow's milk so i tried her on a little bit of almond milk she gulped it down let out a burp no problem whatsoever no reaction except she loves it , it's unsweetened so that's good, with any milk product she gets gassy, bloated and screams, she is petite but tall for her age and sees a pediatrician

Brenda - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter was already 5 when we found out that she has a milk allergy. I buy her vanilla soy milk. She loves it. She too can eat the cheese, and ice cream etc. But just not the milk. She has become so used to the soy that on the few occasions that I run out and or I give her regular by mistake she doesn't even like the taste anymore. I haven't heard of anything over the counter. If you do let me know.

Amber - posted on 03/22/2010

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Kefir, I found that using Kefir (we get it at wilderness family online) helps out with my daughters issues.

Christine - posted on 03/22/2010

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My 2 1/2 year old son drinks 1% milk and he gets a belly ache.So i called the doctor and they said to take all his dairy out to see if that helps.It is just the milk so far.Any suggests would be great.

Amber - posted on 11/30/2008

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Annette, can you point me on where to look about the negative effects of soy products?

Amber - posted on 11/30/2008

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Okay: an UPDATE I have eliminated milk for the last week and a half and all milk products to the best of my ability and her constant belly aches and constant pooping went away! We let her eat a few bites of cheese this morning and BOOM her belly started hurting, she got the runny poops and didn't feel like eating much of anything the rest of the day, her nap even didn't happen because her belly hurt and she had to go poo a lot. Guess that means no dairy anymore. Any one know anything I can do if this happens again? Should I try and re-introduce dairy in a while and see what happens or is it best left alone?

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you should read up on the negative effects of soy! a pediatrician usually will not recommend it unless its a last resort. There is a lot of milk substitutes, non lacotse that isnt soy based i guess you will just have to try a few and see what her fav is!

Dawn - posted on 11/10/2008

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My son had the same problem but the opposite....Milk would constipate him really bad. We tried soy...goat's milk..etc....and he wouldn't drink it. Finally our doctor suggested evaporated milk and he loved it, and we never had a problem with constipation again.He is now 8 years old and has no problem with regular milk so I guess he grew out of it.Good Luck!!!!!

Sonia - posted on 11/10/2008

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Wow! My daughter is the same way too. My daughter drink Skim goat's milk which is easier on the stomach.

Shauna - posted on 11/08/2008

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My son (16 months) has had major problems with dairy and a variety of other much more unusual things since birth. I highly recommend doing the skin testing for allergies. It is good to know for sure what all allergens to avoid. From what I've learned actual allergies can usually be seen first in a child's skin (rashes, eczema, etc.). My son has no actual allergies, but still has many food and medication "sensitivities". Through trial and error I have learned to avoid these and now have a much happier and healthier son.

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Have you ever tried goat's milk? It is chemically much closer to human mother's milk than cow's milk and therefore much easier to digest.

Tara - posted on 11/08/2008

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My now 8 year old had a severe allergy to cow's milk. She was unable to drink soy and did ok on lacto free formula but still had issues with throwing up etc..Once she was 12 months old we tried regular milk and that was a no go..Lacto free milk worked though! I remember spending hours at the grocery store reading every single label for everything. If whey was even the last ingredient it would make her sick. We bought special butter that was made from vegetables and even the cheese that she ate was made from vegetables.Once she hit about 3..after having no dairy products for close to 2 years I started to slowly introduce milk products to her. She does fine now..but hates milk! My 2 youngest also have a milk intolerance but not to the extent that Cassie did. My youngest Johanna has refused to drink milk but she loves cheese so that along with supplements is hopefully giving her everything that she needs. If you are trying some of these other types of milk I suggest that you don't give your child any juice...they will not want to drink anything strange or different tasting then! Just so you know that because of Cassie's allergy she is my best eater! She loves fruits and vegetables of all kinds because for so long she couldn't eat things like mac and cheese..spaghetios etc!! Good luck!

Amber - posted on 11/07/2008

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Thanks guys and Gwyn so nice to meet someone who's child has same exact problem with milk as mine, its nice to know we aren't alone in this!

Donna - posted on 11/07/2008

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If you are inerested in testing for allergies i can highly recommend RPA Allergy clinic. They have looked after my son since he was 5 mths old. If your in Sydney give them a call they are great. They are located in Newton & most of it is covered by Medicare & they help you with all the other things as well as adjusting diet follow up etc Dr V Soutter Ph 02 95153300 If not in Sydney give them a call anyway they might be able to point you in the right direction for a similar service closer to you

Gwen - posted on 11/07/2008

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My daughter was on soy formula. When we tried switching to cows milk at a year old, she got a nasty rash "down there" from the milk protein. We have continued using Soy milk only (she will be 2 in December). She also has no problems w/ dairy products such as ice cream, yogurt, cheese (which she loves), etc. I've been told it has something to do w/ the way the milk is processed when in those products that it breaks down the protein in a different way so that children w/ milk allergies/sensitivities aren't bothered. Never tried any over the counter meds or anything. I've heard that most milk allergies go away on their own over time by the time a child is 6....so I'm just hoping that is the case w/ us. If not...we'll just stick w/ the soy milk.

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I was told that 5 years old is a good time to test for food allergies. I don't want to give her cow's milk again because it causes such a horrible rash.

Jamie - posted on 11/06/2008

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Hemp milk is not a bad option, either. My 4 and 2 year old will drink it in place of regular cow's milk.

Amber - posted on 11/06/2008

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I nursed her since she was born until she was 10 months. She FUSSED the whole time, she was so cranky. Then we put her on regular formula until she was 2 years old and the crying and crabbiness continued, we tried cows milk at 12 months, that's when she was made really sick, so we stayed with the formula. It wasn't until she was totally off breast milk, formula and cows milk that the crying and bellyaches went away. So testing is probably a great idea!

Pam - posted on 11/06/2008

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You regular pediatrician can order a blood test. You can also go to an allergist for a skin test. The only place we've had a skin test done is at our allergist so I'm not sure if a regular pediatrician will do that.

Amber - posted on 11/06/2008

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Good idea to have testing, didn't even know that was an option. Do I go to a special DR for that?

Pam - posted on 11/06/2008

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Has your daughter had any allergy tests done? My son is severely allergic to cow's milk. He lives off soy milk (but he's had this allergy since he was 8months old so he's used to it). I'd say have her checked for an allergy. If she is allergic to milk, there are a lot of products that do not have milk. Good luck!

Amber - posted on 11/06/2008

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Oh, I am interested in making the Kefir at home. When I used to be able to get it, I took it also and it helped with my stomach problems!

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Amber, if she does well with kefir, you can make it at home yourself. If you are interested, I can get you more information. :)

Emily - posted on 11/06/2008

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That was a wise choice to stop immunizing. There is such controversy over immunizations and autism these days, it's so hard to figure out how to best protect our children! I think you're doing the right thing listening to your gut instincts and run with it. Mommy is always right in my book!!! :) Try re-introducing organic dairy products when you do, it may make a difference??

Amber - posted on 11/06/2008

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I didn't used to think it was making her sick except when she drank milk plain, but now I have noticed that when I cook with milk she gets a really bad tummy ache and stops eating for that day and sometimes longer. She also shy's away from other dairy products (cheese, yogurt and ice cream) but it doesn't make her sick. I think I will do the elimination thing and re-introduce too hopefully pin point the problem.

We have decided to stop immunizing our children, because of this milk thing and also because of our youngest child, who has mysterious seizures, but those topics are for another forum lol

thanks gals for your awesome input!

Sarah - posted on 11/04/2008

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I agree Andrea. Add to that all the pesticides and preservatives in our food now and its no wonder our kids are so sensitive to foods! Also, I think children who are immunised are also more likely to have issues such as allergies.

I think as kids we develop tolerances to foods such as dairy - its not that we can handle it per se, its just that we have adapted to it.

Andrea - posted on 11/04/2008

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The human body was not designed to digest cow's milk. Cow's milk allergy is very common and "lactose intolerance" is the just the normal progression of the human body. We usually drink rice milk and hemp milk, when we can find it on sale.

Donna - posted on 11/04/2008

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I've been lactose intolerant all my life and I deal with it by taking Lactaid. You can get them at almost any drug store and it's over the counter. There are chewables and swallowables. Some say to take half an hour before eating or some say right before. I have to use Lactaid Ultra even with a single glass of milk. Unfortunately, my husband and I transferred our milk allergies to our daughter who is 7.5 months old and on Alimentum. She is allergic to milk protien. What fun huh?? We found all this out the hard way. I breast-fed her and she vomitted almost everything, we switched to regular formula the same thing happened. Then lactose-free and then even soy based and we still had the same problem. So we saw a doctor at CHEO who really helped us out. And now with her starting solids I read every label and make most of her food when I can.

What I've noticed is that milk allergies have been increasing in the last 10-15 years and it doens't seem to be slowing down. All I can reccomend is to keep trying the dairy substitutes and maybe try the lactaid pills. They've really helped me. (although I thought it was great when my intolerance went away while I was pregnant!)

Lindsay - posted on 11/04/2008

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Oh my gosh...my little boy has the SAME problem! He drinks rice milk..he was ok to drink soy for about 2 months and quickly developed an allergy to soy as well...he has been fine with soy for a couple years now though..he just turned 3 yesterday. He can eat cheese, and some milk products but too much and he gets sick to his stomach diarea or throwing up which is no fun! He will throw up cottage cheese mac and cheese (not kraft) stuff like that..we learned that the hard way...so minimal dairy products but at least that right?!

Donna - posted on 11/04/2008

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My 3rd had an alergy to peanuts, eggs & all dairy. He is now 9 & OK except for his peanut allergy with an epi-pen still on hand. I found that you need to totally eliminate all products for several weeks to be sure as quanities in dairy products can vary reaction pending what has been ingested. Remember cheese custards etc. Look at ingredience on labels. I feel for you too. It's really hard work but your child will be happier for it if you get to the bottom of it. From my understanding it's unlikely to be just milk but the reaction is more likely to be the levels in diet. Try it take all of it out & re-introduce slowly to see where the prob is. Good luck

Amanda - posted on 11/04/2008

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My daughter was like that for a year and a half. She just grew out of it so every once in a while try giving her cows milk. If u make something with milk in it does that make her sick as well?

Amber - posted on 11/03/2008

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thanks guys! this mommy circle thing is an awesome idea! keep the suggestions & stories coming!

Amber - posted on 11/03/2008

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I have noticed that she gets an upset stomach almost daily now. Food allergies must be really hard to pin down huh? I haven't thought about trying goats milk, I will do that! have used Kefir before but don't know where to get it anymore. I have tried almond breeze, she seemed to like it okay at first, just like soy & rice milk, oh we tried hemp seed milk as well. None have been to big of hits with her. Probably just need to keep trying.

Emily - posted on 11/03/2008

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My daughter was like that for a while as well. Listen to your daughter's body and give her only the things that her body can tolerate. she will get the nourishment she needs from the yogurt and cheese. They have proven that there is a connection between the gut/diet and cognitive development so listen to what your daughter's body is telling you and go with it. :) You're doing the right thing mommy! I highly recommend Jenny McCarthy's books "Louder than Words" and "Mother Warriors"

Sarah - posted on 11/03/2008

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P.S. forgot to mention - my sis was lactose intollerant as a baby/child and my mum ended up giving her goats milk! She loved it, and it was much better for her system.

Sarah - posted on 11/03/2008

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Oat Milk is actually fantastic as well - and I think it tastes a little nicer than Rice Milk. You should be able to get both of them in the supermarket.

I also advocate unhomogenised milk - see if youve got a farmers market in your area with a farmer who offers fresh unhomogenised milk. It may be easier for your daughter's system to handle.



Otherwise, dont worry too much. She can get calcium from other sources. You might just want to give her yoghurt with her cereral in the morning rather than milk?

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I would try rice milk before soy milk. If you can get your hands on a copy of Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, it is really awesome explaining the things about soy that are harmful.

My daughter is not allergic to milk or intolerant to it, but I am (gives me insane migraines when food triggers have "built up" in my system), and finding out about the soy milk was a life saver as that is what I was using instead of milk.

After hearing of others swapping to raw milk, I have heard about many health issues going away. We're looking for an affordable farmer near here, but until then...

Maybe you can check into raw milk for your daughter. Or rice milk. Or anything, really, other than soy milk, if you can help it.

I hope you get it all figured out.

Tracy - posted on 11/03/2008

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The problem with milk allergies is usually due to the fact that we don't drink raw, whole milk anymore. Have you tried goat's milK?

Paige - posted on 11/03/2008

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Myself and 2 of my children are lactose intolerant. After researching options other than soy since there is such a debate over the long term effects of soy on children...I found that we can all have non homogenized milk and kefir (we like Trader Joes Strawberry Kefir...but there are others that are water or grain based as well) without any ill effects. We get organic grass fed non homogenized/low pasteurized cows milk at our local health food store here in VA...it is provided by Trickling Springs in PA. When milk is homogenized and pasteurized at a high heat, it kills all the good stuff and makes it a more difficult product for our bodies to digest.

Lesley - posted on 11/03/2008

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I feel you pain...my daughter can't have any milk proteins and it is so frustrating because I have even found them in juice and lunchmeat! Sorry I can't attest to the the lactose intolerence products (because these don't help her particular problem) but can sympathize. I would try these products only when you aren't having any major events coming up so that if she still has a bad reaction you aren't missing out on something fun (holidays, birthday vaction etc.).

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My child is 2 1/2 yr old and we tried cow's milk at 12 months. She still can't drink it. She gets diarrhea and gas.

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