help dairy intolerant child

Emma - posted on 03/05/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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hi all... just recently found out that my daughter has a dairy intolerance, she is or should i say was a cheeseoholic, im really stuggling with what to feed her, she is 15 months and fussy, she loved a cheese sandwich at dinner times and now when she dont see cheese she just looks at me as if to say what the hell is this... bless her, anyway if any1 else is or has been through the same thing please could you give me a few ideas, also is soya milk to rich for her and if so is there anything else i could try her on??? any help would be much aprieciated as i dont see her pediatrician till the end of the month..... Thanks all

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Jeni - posted on 03/07/2010

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My son was diagnosed with severe milk protein allergies when he was only 7 weeks old, He cant have any dairy whatsoever, no soy,eggs,nuts or fish either so i know how hard it is to find suitable foods!
If your lil one loves sandwhiches i would suggest maybe giving her a toasted sandwhich instead?
with the soy milk, it should be fine, but you could always get her the advanced formula's which come in lactose free, soy, goat etc.

Michelle - posted on 03/07/2010

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My son is allergic to dairy so he drink Soy milk and eats non-dairy cheeses. Silk soy milk is a good choice. They have many different flavors including chocolate. Look for a manufacturing code on the top of the carton that says CD70. I believe that is their dedicated dairy-free facility. Tofutti brand cheese is what my son eats. He loves it but he's never had any other type of "cheese". You can make grilled cheese with it if you fry it on a low-medium heat. If you cook it too high is turns to oil. One tip: Make sure to check with drug companies because some medications contain milk ingredients, both prescription and over-the-counter meds.

Leah - posted on 03/05/2010

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My daughter is allergic to dairy but is able to eat cheese. The doc told me that cheese is processed so much that it doesn't affect them. As far as soy milk goes she should do fine. My daughter loves Silk soy milk it is the best tasting that I have found.

Bridgette - posted on 03/05/2010

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as for a milk substitute, there is rice milk, almond milk, goats milk... and you can even buy rice cheese (it's actually pretty good!), we don't do a lot of dairy in our house and I know how hard it can be to find substitutes! Hang in there.. There are positives about Silk (protein, vitamins, calcium, etc), but I have researched soy and there is also many negatives: For all of you out there who love soy milk and soy products, please take a moment to read this article: http://www.ourinterestingworld.com/healt...

There is alot of info out there about this and I just want to share it, we thought about putting my infant son on soy formula when we are supplementing and then a doctor shared this article with me!

Cristina - posted on 03/05/2010

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Have you tried goats milk and cheese, most babies are ok with goats milk, they sell it in most markets, ask you doc, that might be a way to go if she loves the cheese.

Beth - posted on 03/05/2010

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My daughter is lactose intolerant. She can hard cheese but nothing soft, like american, cream cheese, sour cream, or ice cream. We finally found Silk's unsweetened soy milk in the green box, it is the most like milk to me, you can hardly tell the difference in food. Did she just start having this problem?

Kristin - posted on 03/05/2010

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Is it just cow's milk that she has a problem with? Is she intolerant or allergic? There is a difference and I know because I am allergic to dairy. You can try goat's milk, yogurt, and cheeses. There are also vegetarian options; milks, cheeses, ice cream, etc. There are also medictions that you might talk with her doctor about. Talk to him about testing too, though she might be too young.

Cheeses and yogurts tend to be less hard on the intolerant digestive tract than milk and ice cream; has something to do with the enzymes breaking down the lactose. So, you may not have to cut out her cheese altogether. A really good resource would be a dietician who specializes in children. I think your local WIC office might be able to help too. Amy was very correct in saying to read labels. You would be stunned at where dairy can show up.

Good luck, allergies and intolerances can be worked around. Have fun testing thing too.

Iridescent - posted on 03/05/2010

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There's imitation cheese available in the grocery stores; it's actually cheaper than real cheese and works quite nicely. No dairy in it at all. Just read labels closely.

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