Milk Protein Allergy?

Sydnee - posted on 03/14/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )




Hi! I have a 2 month old daughter who I am wondering has a milk protein allergy? Our doctor blew us off about it so I am trying to do my own research! She has a rash on her cheeks which the Dr said she is coming off of my hormones so not sure if that is from the milk or not but also she has been slow to gain weight she has projectile vomited several times where it comes out of her nose! She always sounds wheezy and congested and when she eats it sound so mucousy? We have her on Simliac Sensitive so wondering if we should switch to nutramigin or allementum? Also the Dr said he thinks she has Tracheomalacia! She inhales and makes this loud noise it sounds like a seal! He says it's from her trachea not being fully developed? Has anyone heard of anything like this? She has just been so fussy and screams like she is in pain some days and other days she is fine? Any advice would be great!


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If the tracheomalacia persists past a year you might have reason to be concerned but from what my doctor explained to me they'll grow out of it anywhere from 9-12 months! There is no explanation of's just something that babies are born with and like everything else it develops at different speeds.......some babies you'll never notice it and other's like my daughter and Kathy's son were the extreme end of the doc said around 9 months! Try not to worry! If ur daughter gets sick it'll probably get worse but try try try not to panic!

Kathy - posted on 03/14/2010




it had one son with tracheomalasia which is a wheezing sound from the throat that gets worse with faster breathing .he grew out of it at 1yr. it was harmless, you seem to b describing what may also be reflux not necessarily milk allergy ,but if she does have eczema on her checks it may need to be evaluated . my 1 st son had horrible reflux . i would get a second opinion ,go with your gut if think someting is wrong it probably is. good luck i hope it's something simple and easy to fix.

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Here's an article I found.....

Tracheomalacia - congenital

MedlinePlus Topics

Breathing Problems Congenital tracheomalacia is a weakness and floppiness of the walls of the windpipe (trachea), which is present at birth.


Tracheomalacia in a newborn occurs when the cartilage in the windpipe (trachea) has not developed properly. Instead of being rigid, the walls of the trachea are floppy. Because the windpipe is the main airway, breathing difficulties begin soon after birth.

Congenital tracheomalacia is very uncommon.


Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include:

Breathing noises that may change with position and improve during sleep

Breathing problems that get worse with coughing, crying, feeding, or upper respiratory infections

High-pitched breathing

Rattling or noisy breaths

Exams and Tests

A physical examination confirms the symptoms. An x-ray will be done to rule out other problems. The chest x-ray may show narrowing of the trachea when breathing in.

A procedure called a larngoscopy provides a definitive diagnosis. This procedure lets the otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor, or ENT) see the airway structure and determine the severity of the problem.

Other tests that may be done include:

Airway fluoroscopy

Barium swallow

Bronchoscopy -- camera down the throat to see the airways and lungs

CT scan

Lung function tests

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)


Most infants respond well to humidified air, careful feedings, and antibiotics for infections. Babies with tracheomalacia must be closely monitored when they have respiratory infections.

Often, the symptoms of tracheomalacia improve as the infant grows.

Rarely, surgery is needed.

Outlook (Prognosis)

Congenital tracheomalacia generally goes away on its own by the age of 18-24 months. As the tracheal cartilage gets stronger and the trachea grows, the noisy respirations and breathing difficulties gradually stop. Persons with tracheomalacia must be monitored closely when they have respiratory infections.

Possible Complications

Babies born with tracheomalacia may have other congenital abnormalities such as heart defects, developmental delay, or gastroesophageal reflux.

Aspiration pneumonia can occur from inhaling food.


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Gotsome - posted on 03/23/2010




Our ped suspected milk protein sensitivity for my son & put us on Nutramigen by Enfamil. It has no cow milk protien & is hypoallergenic - so if you are really questioning this would be a good option. Our ped warned us that this formula is very bland b/c of the lack of milk protein so some babies don't like it. Our little guy had different symptoms, he was having 14-20 stools a day & some were bloody. Good luck!

Shanna - posted on 03/22/2010




if your daughter were to have a milk protein allergy you would have to use a soyformula because all of the others are milk based. My daughter had a milk protein allergy and that means you cannot have any dairy at all! and she had projectile vomiting and we did think she had reflux and treated her with meds and it wasn't that.!

Sydnee - posted on 03/14/2010




Thank you so much everyone for your advice! The Tracheomalacia scares me because I read in that article that it can come with a heart defect etc? The Dr's have listened to her heart and say she is fine and that she will just outgrow this! It does get worst with her crying but it sounds like a gasping when she does it like a seal! And she also has like a constant wheezing and congestion! The Dr again says that it's not in her lungs but offers no other explanation for this....They said oh she's probably colic! Tonight she has been screaming like she is in pain for about 2 hours off and on she will finally doze off and then wake up screaming again! I feel so bad for her! I will talk to the DR again tomorrow about the reflux etc!

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I've heard of now 18 month old daughter suffered with it until she was about 9 months.......then one day, she just stopped throwing up! She always gained weight properly so it wasn't really a concern for us! I feel badly for you......My daughter is allergic to the protein in cow's milk but just breaks out in a violent diaper rash that takes weeks to go away......I've tried milk a couple times because my doctor told me most children grow out of this type of allergy by 2 years! Switching to a soy formula might work but I would do some research first and maybe get a second opinion from a different doctor?

It's rare, but, ur daughter may be lactose intolerant? I'm sorry I can't be of more help!

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