Milk Allergy

Rachel - posted on 07/16/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I think my daughter may be allergic to cows milk. I breastfeed until she was 3 months old and at 2 weeks, the Dr. diagnosed her with reflux and was put on medicine. When I had to put her on formula, we tried all kinds of cow based formulas and all of them she threw up with in minutes. The doctor then put her of Nutramigen and if you haven't heard of this one, it's EXPENSIVE!!! After going broke from formula, I cried to one of the Dr.'s in the practice (not her normal Dr.) and he suggested Soy. Once she got use to the Soy, we gradually took her off of the reflux medicine. We have been on Soy now for about 3 months and so far so good. Last night though, I gave her the Gerber's 2nd foods, Mac & Cheese. Almost immediately after she ate 1/2 of a small jar of it along with 3 oz. of her bottle, she throws up EVERYWHERE! Do you all think that she is allergic to cow's milk or could it be that she is lactose intolerant? I hate to call her Dr. over every little thing but I need to know what all to avoid and if there is any special precautions that I need to take. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Thanks- Rachel

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Linda - posted on 07/23/2009

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Hi i was breastfeeding and at about 3 weeks old my baby was getting very cranky starting haveing blood and mucas in his poo so i took him to the doctors and it turned out he had a protien infection from cows milk getting pased through me and i barely even ate dairy so i had to cut out all dairy it helped and doing research into it it is common, i have read that if your baby has had a intolerance to dairy to not introduce it untill 12 months its hard cause so much has dairy in it, any way hope that helps a little and good luck

Lee-Ann - posted on 07/23/2009

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hi rachel
i'm dairy intolerant also, and so is my 8 month old daughter. She is on a soy formula. i tried goats milk first when she was 6wks but because of her reflux and because it is a thin milk it came straight back up. We then had her on a lactose free formula (main ingredient corn based instead of whey but still contained a milk protein) and it was an improvement (we had tried the reflux formulas as well) but i still found she had painful burps and still spat up slightly, so at about 6months i decided to go with my gut instinct and put her on soy, and she started sleeping better and her spitting up stopped. Apparently i screamed blue murder for 7 months when i was born, mum said back then they didn't have much of a selection of formulas available. But then i came right. I was eating dairy and milk for years after with no problem until i hit my early twenties and my intolerance re-surfaced. I read in a research paper that apparently the levels of enzymes we have disappear or deplete after a while causing our inability to process the protein, or lactose, whichever the culprit is. You just become really good at reading labels and trial and error is a huge part of it. In the interim i am cooking and freezing all her foods for now so i know what goes in it and introduce a new food one at a time for 3 days to spot any reactions for easy identification. all the best.

Rachel - posted on 07/22/2009

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Emily, if you don't mind to give me some pointers of what he eats. I talked to her Dr. today and she definitely a milk allergy and to stay away from peanut/peanut oil products that the two go hand in hand. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

EMILY - posted on 07/22/2009

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My son is lactose intolerant has been on nutramigon since 10 weeks. When i started to wean him i avoided milk product by studying all labels, but he developed all the symptoms again including sickness after every meal. I ended up self diagnosing wheat & glutin allergies though doing lots of research & removing these from his diet. I hav since had these allergies confirmed by the doctor. I was told to challenge the intolerance every few months by giving him something he was intolerant to but this made him really ill every time i tried so i have now refused to do this.We are now keeping him on a dairy, wheat & glutin free diet until he is two yrs old.

Rachael - posted on 07/21/2009

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elo sounds like wat my sons got did u breastfeed? the health visitor told me that he might b lactose intoleront after breastfeedin which he was so ive fed him soya milk since 5months and he loves it i wouldnt give ur daughter ne thing that has milk in ive been told eventually they grow out of it(hopefully) but if ur feedin her jars luk 4 milk free on the bk its a pain but my son eats jars and i make him potatoes sweet potatoes,and veg then add meat if ive done sum etc chicken lamb beef i need sum more ideas tho how olds ur daughter

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For my older 2 kids we waited until we did their lead, hemoglobin testing at a year to do the allergy testing since they were already getting their blood drawn. But they did fine on the soy so it was easier to just wait. For Ace all things made him throw up so we were worried about other things initially so did the blood testing early on. For the Elecare it is expensive (I work for a pediatrician and we try to give out as many samples as possible for specialty formulas because they are so pricey). And I agree alot of doctors have no clue about MSPI. My Dr. said my son was unlikely to have it since it "rarely occurs" And yes he said he would grow out of it possibly by 6 months (which he didn't) And apparently reflux is very common to occur with the MSPI.

Amber - posted on 07/17/2009

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Hi Rachel!My daughter Kennedy was diagnosed with MSPI at 2 months.Which i a milk,soy protien intollerance.she couldnt even be on Nutramigin(spellings probably wrong!)Her dr ended up putting her on Elecare which is 65.00 a can!!for a small can!She eats 1000.00 a month in JUST formula!he can't even eat baby cereal because of the soy in it!I live in Nebraska and i guess MSPI is more common in the midwest i guess.Ever since being put on Elecare shes been doing great!She eats solids but i stay away from certain ones.he also has acid reflux since before 2 months.she takes that medicine 3 times a day.You might want to make sure she doesnt have MSPI just to rule that out.My dr used to live in NYC and she said her oldest daughter had MSPI and the drd there had no clue really what it was,she said its not as common in some parts of the US.But now that Kennedys been on Elecare and acid reflux meds shes been great!.So for our next baby my drs said its most of the time hereditary so our 2nd child will more than likely have this too.I know its frustrating trying to figure out whats wrong.hopefully u will get this issue resolved soon!

Rachel - posted on 07/17/2009

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No, they haven't tested her yet. I didn't know if I needed to go ahead and call them or not. My mom says oh don't call them unless you have to but on the other hand I am hesitant of what I give her because I don't want to cause her to throw up by giving her something that she doesn't need to be eating. I guess I am "self-diagnosing" her since she throws up with the cow based formula and the mac & cheese. Luckily she has been able to do the soy. Have you tried goats milk? I had several people telling me to try that but I tried soy first and it worked so I didn't go any further with that.

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Did either of your peds do a blood test to see which they have? the milk allergy or the lactose intolerance?

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My son has a milk allergy and is lactose intolerant. We found this out early when even breastfeeding caused vomiting due to my intake. Due to no weight gain and losing weight we tried regular formula, colic, soy and finally nutramagin (and yes it's expensive $25 for a can that last a day and a half!) We have to be careful of any baby foods we give him. And we aren't starting table food until he is a year. He most likely will not make the switch to cows milk due to the allergy and I am hesitant on trying the soy milk. At 6 months the ped said to try the soy formula (before we tested his allergies) and after a 2 oz feeding he threw up for 24 hours and had horrible bowel problems. So I'm on the fence what to do next. And he's my tiniest kid too. 8 months old and not 18 lbs yet (which I know is normal but my older 2 were 24 lbs by now)

Rachel - posted on 07/16/2009

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Hi Katherine. I have an herbal medicine called "Pro-biotic Drop's". I'm not sure if this is what your friend uses, if not I am very open to any suggestions. I am scared, I guess, of what all she can and can not eat and I know it is going to be trial and error but if I can keep her from throwing up every time she eats or drinks something (which of course its not every time but "real" food has a lot of other things in it than baby food) then I think I would have more peace when she is a daycare or with grandparents.

Krista - posted on 07/16/2009

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I'm not an expert, but my son was diagnosed as lactose intolerant at 3 weeks, and since then I've done a lot of reading about it. Lactose intolerance can cause abdominal pain and watery, greenish poo, but shouldn't cause vomiting. Milk protein allergies can cause vomiting, though. I guess it's incredibly rare for babies to be born with a lactose intolerance...more likely they might go through a temporary intolerance due to a gastrointestinal problem. It sounds to me like your daughter would have an allergy rather than an intolerance.

Katherine - posted on 07/16/2009

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There are some enzymes you can buy from aveena. I will get the information for you if you would like. My friend's daughter is intolerant of milk not really sure what is the problem and they use the enzmes and she can tolerate milk now. Email me if you want any more information.

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