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Milk allergy means you are allergic to the PROTEIN in milk. Lactose intolerance means your body does not make (or doesn't make enough of) an enzyme called LACTASE which breaks down the SUGAR in milk (lactose) and helps you absorb it. Neither problem is solved by using lower fat milk, in fact there is more lactose AND protein in skim milk than in whole milk. The only way to deal with milk allergy is to stop all dairy foods. A person who is lactose intolerant can drink special milk (Lactaid) or can take lactase pills to help them digest dairy. There are varying degrees of lactose intolerance. Some people can eat dairy, it just gives them gas or makes them feel bloated. Some people can eat lower lactose dairy foods (like butter or mozzarella cheese) but not others. Some people cannot eat any dairy (even with the lactase pills). From what I've read, milk allergy in adults is rare (most kids who have it grow out of it) but lactose intolerance is very common. It tends to vary by ethnic group. White people have lower rates, black people are almost universally lactose intolerant to one degree or another.

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Danielle - posted on 07/24/2009

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Right now since he is still so young it's probably hard to tell which of those he has- allergy or lactose intolerance because the symptoms are so close to being the same. The main thing is probably whether or not he grows out of it.

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Tammy good explanation.



My little boy who is now 4 was allergic to milk protein, wheat, peanuts, and shellfish. The ped didn't want me using soy formula.It's been so long I forget why. I had to use a hypoallergenic formula and remove dairy from my diet etc. He had many of the symptoms that you list about your little guy and things were much better once we figured out what all of the fuss was about. We had to get epi pens. I would recommend checking with your dr, because if he is exposed to milk products again, he could get worse. My little guy wend from throwing up, to loos stool, to screaming and grunting, to hives, to turning blue and going to the ER. This happened when I introduced formula to go back to work, it was a milk based formula. Good Luck.

Rachel - posted on 07/22/2009

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My daughter had a milk allergy - a week after we got home she was vomiting a lot. We switch to soy, it helped a little but she still had issues, crying for hours, very bad reflux, not gaining weight, constipation. Another doctor said to put her on Nutramigen formula - it was a miracle, after 2 days she was a completely different baby. You can get it at Wal-mart (but sometimes they keep it in a special section) it's pricey but worth it! When she was 14 months old we switched gradually to milk and she adjusted fine.

Jessica - posted on 07/22/2009

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Milk allergy is they are allergic to milk all together, lactose intolerance is the body can't the body can't break down the lactose. My son is lactose intolerant. and he's on lactose free milk and lactose free cheese. About the only thing he can tolerate is margarine

Betty - posted on 07/22/2009

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Sounds like your little guy might be both allergic and lactose intolerant. Soy might not be as bad but I would look into getting him on something else if there are any signs of irritation.

Jackie - posted on 07/22/2009

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he probably has the milk allergy. My son is like that and he's fine on soy. he'll probably grow out of it. My son is now 15 months and he can drink a little bit of regular milk during the day and not get any reaction to it at all anymore. If he does still get a reaction it's only a little bit of throw up.

Betty - posted on 07/22/2009

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My step daughter is allergic to milk and soybeans have the same protien as regular milk so it's very tricky. Most things that are free of milk have soy as a subsitute.

I think that this allergy was made up by her crazy birth mother but we haven't looked into it yet and wer'e used to reading labels before we feed her things anyway. Lactose intolerant people just yack it up or get a tummy ache but if there is an actual allergy than it could cause a devistating reaction or a very slight reaction. I am slightly sensitive to milk and soy, it gives me pimples if I have alot of it.

Lori - posted on 07/22/2009

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My daughter was intolerant with all dairy that I ingested (I was nursing) and had a great amount of reflux. Once I went completely dairy free and had her on pepcid for a few months, things worked itself out. She was less fussy, kept her milk down adn generally a lot happier. At 8 months I began to re-introduce dairy to my body and she has been adjusting well.

Melissa - posted on 07/22/2009

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well my son had diarrhea so bad clear liquid was just shooting across the room... vomiting clear liquid....rash from head to toe......excema...discomfort (grunting and groaning)..i switched to soy and he's been fine so i just wondered what the diffrence was and what he may have

Narelle - posted on 07/22/2009

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hi, my son, is lactose intolerant and at its worst, i couldn't breastfeed him and had to put him on a bottle.. lactose free formula.. as his bowels broke down the lactose, leading to the production of sulhphuric acid and wind, causing him extreme discomfort.. crying all day.. sign is frothy poo.. etc...

Nicole - posted on 07/22/2009

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I think with the allergy your body thinks the allergen (milk, nuts, whatever) is like an illness and sends out antibodies or histamines or something to attack it and lactose intolerant is your body can't digest the milk protein. A milk allergy can be life-threatening, lactose intolerance usually isn't. I'm not a doc though so you may want to double check.

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