Dairy issues

Amanda - posted on 07/21/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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So every time my daughter eats ice cream or drinks milk she gets a stomache and spits up but she can eat cheese (even though shes not really a fan) and she tolerates yogurt every once in a while (also not really a fan) Should I talk to the doc about this? She was on Enfamil Premium and breastmilk and was fine. I don't really know what to do? A friend of mine suggested Enfagrow...Any thoughts on any of this?

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Amanda - posted on 07/28/2010

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Thank you everyone for your comments. For right now we are going to try her on Enfagrow and see what happens. Then the doc wants to slowly introduce her to 2 % milk. As I said before, shes ok with cheese and yogurt even though she really isn't a fan she just has an issue with Ice cream (when she has alot) and her milk.

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My son has had this issue since he was 6 months but didn't realize it was an issue until we saw the GI Specialist at 10 mo because his acid reflux was getting worse and he had 4 ear infections. He couldn't break down Cows Protein and most children are fine by 2. Start with just Soy or Rice milk and stay away from all other dairy. Then slowly introduce whole milk and if she can handle it then add other dairy. Ice cream and yogurt are the hardest milk products to break down. Cheese is okay but I would probably stay away from it for a while.
My son has been on whole milk and full dairy at 12 1/2 mo but when he has an eczema flair up I take the other dairy away for a few days. Good luck!

Mindy - posted on 07/28/2010

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Amanda.. that is how I am.. I can't tolerate milk or ice cream at all. But my lil one can. There are different spectrum's to the lactose intolerant scale. I am dead in the middle where as my dad is at the top where he can't have any dairy at all. When I drink milk or have ice cream I get the worst stomachache,vomit and some times other things happen if you know what I mean. But I can also eat all the cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese etc that I want to without any problems.

Mindy - posted on 07/28/2010

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For my daughter, this is what is working with her. Since whole milk (which she loved) was very hard for her to break down and digest we switched to 2% along with Miralax 1 time a day. The reason being is she would hold her bowels in until she couldn't any longer making it very big and hard to pass. In turn, our Dr thinks that maybe she is very sore and irritated inside. So to allow things to heal and make things easier for her for a few months he gave me a new feeding plan. Here is what we do everyday and will continue to do for a few months bc it works for her. In 1- 2% milk bottle we add 1/2 a dose of miralax and the other milk bottles we don't. She also gets straight 100% apple juice and loves water.. Right now she isn't allowed to have any cheese and bananas bc that would have a reverse effect on what we are trying to accomplish. Otherwise she eats whatever we eat for all meals. We do try and add more fiber filled items to her diet. The whole idea on this is to make her stools like water so she will heal on the inside and making the bowels easier to pass while this happens. In 2-3 months we will take her off the miralax and allow her to have cheeses, bananas and other food items that she loves and I am sure misses.

Amanda - posted on 07/28/2010

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My son was on Nutramigen because of spitting up issues. I tried to give him regular milk and ice cream and such and he gets sick too. I have bought the Enfogrow and he loves it! I also suggest Almonds Milk. It's lactose and soy free!

Heather - posted on 07/28/2010

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I would actually suggest soy or ricemilk while she is this young. They also make soy ice cream and cheese. It's a bit gentler on the stomach, until she gets used to drinking other items. I don't see anything wrong with continuing to give her formula or breastmilk, if you can manage.

Mindy - posted on 07/28/2010

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My daughter had the bowel issues as well and since I am lactose intolerant the whole milk really bothered her just like my other 2 daughters. That is why we went to 2% and a little bit of miralax once a day to help with the constipation. I would highly recommend talking with your doctor about this tho..

Heather - posted on 07/28/2010

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Enfagrow is basically the same thing as Enfamil Premium. I don't think it would help at all. My son had some bowel issues with milk. We are waiting till 18 months to try milk again. Sometimes their tummies just aren't ready for regular milk.

Mindy - posted on 07/28/2010

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My daughter just turned 1 on 6-27. She was pulled off regular milk based formula around 4-5 months due to alot of spitting and throwing up. We switched her to soy formula and she was on it up until last week. What a difference that made and she tolerated it great! We did the half and half when switching her to whole milk and then she got very constipated. So now we do all 2%,Miralax once a day,2 TBS of prune juice in 1 milk bottle , apple juice and stay away from bananas and cheese for a bit until her system can adjust.. It has worked out great! I would highly recommend that you talk with your Dr..

Melissa - posted on 07/27/2010

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my daughter tolerates cheese and yogurt too, but milk and ice cream not at all. she is on lactaid milk and does great. they also have lactose free ice cream (tastes good).

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my daughter is like this too. she flourished on her formula, which is cow-milk based, but when i tried giving her homo milk, she couldnt tolerate it. her doctor said shes not lactose intolerant, because of her formula but that shes having problems breaking down the proteins in the milk. she can drink goats milk, so shes been having that as well as her formula. my midwife (im pregnant right now) suggested to try her on soy milk, because goats milk is ridiculously expensive. my daughters pediatrician also recommended to try her on milk again when shes around 16-18 months, and maybe she'll be able to digest it then.

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how long has she been drinking cows milk? my daughter had dramas when we first put her on cows milk... spitting up and gave her terriable constipation... and we introduced it slowly by mixing it with formula.

i swapped over to soy milk until her constipation had cleared then we started giving her long life milk. she went fine on that and can now drink anything.

i usually give her long life milk though cos it doesnt go out of date for ages and they come in poppers.

good luck, hope you find a solution soon.

Jessica - posted on 07/26/2010

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You could defiantly try the lower fat milk as long as your pediatrician is ok with it. I know my husband has dairy issues and he finds the lower fat milk easier on him than whole milk.

Danielle - posted on 07/26/2010

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My Dr told me recently that 2% would be fine, if switching helps id do it. I have been concerned my daughter has a mild dairy issue, since we started cows milk/formula mix in her bottles she has been overall crankier and up many times at night again. I've reverted back to 100% formula for a few days than thinking of introducing 2% instead. Good luck with your dairy woes though!

Natasha - posted on 07/25/2010

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You should always consult your doctor about any worries you may have. Even if they seem small ask them anyways because you never know and ignoring it can be dangerous. Remember there is no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to your child's safety and well being!

Amanda - posted on 07/25/2010

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Well from the moms I'm talking to and the answers on here it seems like ever since they started this whole "whole milk till 2" thing more kids are having problems. I'm gonna tell my doc that Alice needs to be put on 2% (doc has to say it for WIC reasons) so yeah I dunno.

Jaren - posted on 07/24/2010

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My son can not handle any dairy. He is on perscribed formula that is 50 dollars a can and he is 13 months. I tried to put him on milk 2 weeks ago and he has made him very sick now he won't eat. He started pukin at 3 months and at 8 months I got out pcp to send us to chirldrens. It is a bad situation. I wouldn't take that lightly I didn't and it was a good thing my son is very sick and allergic to wheat eggs peaches and pineapple and potein. I'm amazed all the kids that have this problem.

Jessica - posted on 07/22/2010

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My daughter doesn't tolerate dairy well either. So far, I've stuck to her formula / breast milk. My pediatrician said I could try calcium fortified juice, soy, almond or rice milk, water, and supplement with fruits & veggies to get all the nutrients.

Amanda - posted on 07/22/2010

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@ Melissa: Shes 14 months so thats why I was thinking Enfagrow. And yes we tried mixing it (whole milk with formula) and she still spits up

Melissa - posted on 07/22/2010

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Do you just give her the milk or do you try to mix it with her formula?? My son had bad diaper rash and upset stomach when I gave him 2oz of whole milk mixed with formula so the pediatrician recommended 2% milk. We have not had a problem since then. He will eat ice cream but it's not apart of his daily intake or even weekly and we do not have a problem. I think you may should talk with her pediatrician to rule out anything. I would use to stage 2 formula until then, as long as she is within the age range.. some range from 10mths to 18mths others are 12mths to 24mths.

Amanda - posted on 07/22/2010

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No the problem I'm having is that she was on normal formula and she tolerates cheese and yogurt even though she doesn't eat them alot (she doesn't really care for them) any time she has milk or ice cream she spits up and gets a tummy ache and I'm not sure what to do. We put her back on formula and shes back to tolerating that just fine but milk just doesn't work for her and I don't know what to do.

Amanda - posted on 07/22/2010

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My son doesn't tolerate dairy well either. Every time he gets some out comes a nasty diaper rash the next day. Have you tried Similac Sensitive? It's lactose free which may be the problem if she is still able to tolerate some cheese & yogurt. There's also the option of using soy, goat or almond milk. It doesn't completely replace the nutrition of whole milk but at this age as long as she's eating a balanced diet it should be enough.

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