Alert about DAIRY ALLERGIES

Melanie - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I just wanted to let you know that I have found dairy derived lactic acid in many health and beauty items- Eucerin calming hand cream, Inspector Hector mouthwashes and hand soap, Blistex overnight lip renewal (old packaging- not sure about recent ingredients)... Anyway- I just thought that those of you who have kids with severe dairy allergies should know. The FDA does not require health and beauty products to list ingredients from the top 8 allergens and so I have spent a lot of time calling manufacturers about this stuff to prevent trips to the hospital for my son. It just made me realize there is a whole other level to this allergy thing that I have to think about. Hope this helps you!

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Melanie - posted on 02/23/2010

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Nicki- it is not a silly question- not all lactic acid is dairy derived, but a lot of it is because it is the most easily accessible. I always call to see if the lactic acid is dairy derived- and I know I drive companies nuts, but it is either that or go to the hospital with my son. No brainer! Anything labelled lactic acid I would call and check. Anything labelled with whey, casein, sodium caseinate, butter flavoring (natural), and obviously milk are automatically skipped when I shop. They used to hide dairy in the natural and artificial flavorings, but companies are supposed to ID any thing derived from the top 8 allergens. They do not have to disclose if there is a risk of cross contamination- so I would check and see if maybe she could be getting trace amounts and that is enough to cause tummy problems. Just an idea. Good luck and let me know if I can be of any help! :)

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Carla - posted on 08/28/2012

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Thank you so much! We have been using that kind hand cream on my son who is allergic to milk. Maybe that might explain a lot of his skin issues.

Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2012

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I would love to see a list of how dairy is listed in the ingredient list on beauty products, if anyone knows where i could find one please email me a link.

Jennifer - posted on 08/10/2012

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how is a person to know if a dairy product is in a beauty product such as shampoo, are there specific scientific names in the ingredient listing that we should look out for?

Jen - posted on 03/09/2010

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I was very disappointed to find so many baby products with milk in them. I was using Baby Magic milk bath for my daughter when we found out about her milk allergy at 6mos old. I began to scour the labels for 'no-no' ingredients. Then Aveno came out with their baby lotion specifically for eczema. I was thrilled because I thought I'd have a heavier lotion for her eczema. Imagine my dismay when I realized it had milk and soy proteins in it. I called the company and complained about them putting two of the top 8 child allergens in a cream made for skin problems related to allergies. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the ingredients are now out of the product.

You may want to watch the amount of soy products your dairy-allergic children get. My daughter's allergist advised us against giving her soy milk in place of cow's milk. She said it had too many similarities to cow's milk proteins and she didn't want to take a chance. I don't know if there would be other direct similarities as well.

My daughter, now 6, has grown out of her milk allergy but is still drinking rice milk because she prefers it. She has always gotten sick to her stomach every now and then and vomited for no apparent reason but that even seems to be on a downward trend. There is hope for dairy allergies.

Heather - posted on 03/08/2010

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Apparently this is an issue for corn-allergic folks as well. Corn products are in all sunscreens, many lotions, etc. Hope you're doing better!

Nicki - posted on 03/05/2010

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I just replied to your post about an alternative for butter and then found this message in my inbox! Elisha has had probs since she was born, she was allergic to the nutramigen aswell. Her dietician said it's because nutramigen starts off as a dairy product but it is just broken down more than normal formula. Most babies are not allergic to the nutramigen but if you have a very sensitive child this can happen!! We have been amazed by what things contain dairy products, some tomato sauces, even a packet of chicken slices for sandwiches. Good luck anyway, let me know how you get on x

Jaimie - posted on 03/04/2010

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i was able to get a list of things to look out for that you wouldn't typically think of as being "milk involved". The list came from my daughters pediatrician who is also an allergy specialist. Some of the things on the list to make sure you check would be hot dogs and lunch meats because they often contain a skim milk powder as a filler. i know I wouldn't have thought to check lunch meats and such if the pediatrician hadn't gave me this list! My daughter is only 13 months old so i myself am still VERY new to the whole checking the ingredients thing. I'm still trying to research ways to cook milk free! As you can imagine I just found out that she is having these problems since she just turned 1.

Nicki - posted on 02/24/2010

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Thankyou Melanie, that's really helpful. I will add those things to my list of ingredients to look out for. Thankyou for taking the time and effort to reply. I will add you to my circle if that's ok. Many thanks, once again. Take care

Nicki - posted on 02/21/2010

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Sorry, quick question. This might be a silly question but, is all lactic acid dairy derived??? If not, how do you know which is?? My daughter is 2 and her tummy keeps settling, then it suddenly gets worse again as if we have given her dairy and not sure why. We are very careful about what we give her but I think we must be missing some dairy ingredients on some products. Any help would be appreciated. Many thanks x

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