One year old allergic to milk and soy.

Angela - posted on 08/18/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My friends one year old is allergic to milk and soy. They have tried everything. But they aren't sure what to switch her to now that it's time to come off of formula. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Michelle - posted on 08/18/2010

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i just switched my son to rice milk and he seems to be drinking it without a problem!

Fiona - posted on 08/18/2010

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It is important to distinguish between someone who is lactose-intolerant (that is, they are unable to digest the natural sugar found in milk) and someone who has an allergy to the milk protein.

Someone who is lactose intolerant, like me or Rebekah, can of course consume Lactaid without any problems. However, please be aware that someone who is allergic to the milk protein (like my 14 month old son) should definitely NOT consume Lactaid milk, as it still contains the allergy-causing milk proteins.

If your friend's child is allergic to milk protein, then it is highly likely that the formula they were having did not have the lactose removed, but rather that the milk protein was chemically altered to help prevent it causing an allergic reaction (this is known as hydrolised formula). An alternative to hydrolised formula, used if the hydrolised formula still causes problems, is amino-acid based formula.

The alternatives to cow milk and soy milk that we use regularly in our home are calcium enriched oat milk and calcium enriched rice milk. My 14 month old milk-allergic son is still receiving two bottles of hydrolised formula per day.

I hope that this helps.

Rebekah - posted on 08/18/2010

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Lactaid milk. (http://www.lactaid.com) It has the milk sugar removed and is specifically for people who can't digest lactose. I would imagine the formula she's been on was a milk-based formula that also had the lactose removed, so she'd take to it pretty easily. I have been allergic to milk all of my life and drink and cook with lactaid milk.

I do love rice milk too, but I'd ask your pediatrician... I seem to remember something about it not being recommended for children under 2.

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my kids are lactose intolerant and I was told by there doctor children shouldn't drink soy milk. I give them rice milk it is a good source of calcium. Also if there not allergic to nuts you could try almond milk which is also high in protien.

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