Special diets for babys

Heather - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi all my wee girl is 13 weeks and she has an allergy to the protien in cows milk,I'm still waiting to someone to help me what foods ect to give when she starts weaning.Does anyone else know about or have this problem help would be a great help thanxs

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Heather - posted on 05/18/2010

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Thanxs all for your help she's on a pescription milk just now so not need to worry about that just the food side.She gets a rash all over her front,back and wee bit on face it's like prickly heat,with the allergy.Hopefully it won't be as hard to do as i think

Bridget - posted on 05/17/2010

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My daughter also has an allergy to the protein in cows milk, so while Im nursing I cant have any dairy. She is 8 months now and eating a lot of finger foods, and baby food. Luckily it is really easy for a while. I make a majority of her food, and we havent had a problem yet. Babies dont need dairy for a while, so until now she has just had pureed fruits and veggies. She also eats lots of finger foods, just about anything we eat. Her doctor recommended that we give her soy milk when the time comes. He said to stay away from cheese and yogurt. Also, my doctor said that a lot of babies outgrow this problem, so occasionally we test my daughter and give her a little bit of yogurt to see how her tummy reacts. Recently she hasnt had issues. Hopefully your baby will grow out of it! But the good news is once your baby starts weaning you wont have a problem for a long time!

Kristin - posted on 05/17/2010

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It may actually be easier for you to prepare her food at home. You can poach fruit and smash or puree (blender, foodmill, food processor). You can do the same with veggies. Cereals, I would say read the box or buy the whole grain and prepare then puree yourself. When she's sampled lots of items and is doing well, then you can offer pureed servings of what you are having. If you cook from scratch at home, you will know exactly what is in that food and be able to keep out what she shouldn't have.

Also, no child should be having much of any dairy prior to one year anyway. If you are breastfeeding, you may need to give it up until she is weaned. If she is getting formula, they make formulas that are not cow's milk based. When she is old enough, there are all kinds of alternatives to cow's milk. There are sheep, goat, hemp, almond, soy, and rice milks, cheeses, and yogurts to try.

You pediatrician can help, as can an allergist and dietician. There are loads of cookbooks on the market now for people and children with allergies. If you've got a good one close, your library would be a great place to read up on dairy allergies and their treatment and to find cookbooks to peruse without buying.

Jennifer - posted on 05/17/2010

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my oldest is allergic to everything red dyes annetto seeds and when younger eggs and cows milk. for milk i bought silk soy it even has flavors like choco and vanillia. he really liked it and would drink it some times it got expesive but he eventually went to whole milk cows milk and handles it well. im not sure about protien in soy milk but if you use wic then they have a diatitian who can help as well. good luck hun.

Alyson - posted on 05/17/2010

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My daughter is now 18 mos old but I have Celiac Disease so I can't eat wheat and gluten. When she was a baby she couldn't have crackers, cereals, oatmeal, things like that and still can't have it.

The most helpful thing to do is research it on google. But make sure before you but anything you read all the ingredients. I'm assuming where she can't have milk proteins she is allergic to the whey protein too? You might want to ask your pedi because that's in a lot of foods...

There are soy based formulas that you can buy. Have you tried other milks ie goat? They also have rice milk I think it's called Rice Dream...

Your pedi should be able to give you a list of foods she can have! Good luck!!

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