A.C. asks from Venice, FL on November 08, 2007
10 Month Old Allergic to Dairy
I have recently discovered my 10 month old daughter has a milk allergy. Whenever she has anything dairy (yogurt, cheese, formula, cheese puffs, etc.) she breaks out into hives all over her face. I have no experience with this so i'm unsure of ways to balance her diet. Any suggestions or words of wisdom are welcome. Thanks! :)
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Thanks to everyone for all of the helpful info.! She is still exclusively breastfed, so I won't be trying soy or rice milk for a couple more months. I am going to try some of the soy yogurt. I appreciate all the support :)
T.N. answers from Tampa on November 09, 2007
Both of my daughters have a list of food allergies. My oldest is allergic to milk among other things. What you need to do is - avoid milk and milk components included in other foods. The best substitutes that we found for milk are Pacific Rice milk, Pacific Oat Milk and Vance's Dairy Free Milk (it's potato based). Out of all of them Vance's is closest to cow's milk by taste in my opinion. It's also a little cheaper since it's sold in powder. You can buy it at http://www.vancesfoods.com/. We also buy juices that have calcium added and give them vitamin supplements.
You probably need to go to an allergist to do some blood work to see if she is allergic to anything else. We go to Sher Allergy on Seminole Blvd.
I hope this helps.
I.V. answers from Fort Myers on November 08, 2007
I recently discoverd too, that milk is really bad for everybody, not only if you have an allergy, I have been reading and searching on the internet about dairy. I'm trying to eliminated from our diet, is very hard. Go to this website www.milksucks.com or www.forgoodnesssake123.com, you can get additional resources on going dairy free. Good luck!
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M.A. answers from Orlando on November 09, 2007
Hi! I am sorry to hear about your daughter's allergy! Dairy allergies run in my family. Here are some ideas: soy yogurt, fresh fruit and vegetables (no butter), pasta, rice milk, soy milk, most Duncan Hines cake mixes and frostings, rice cakes, Triscuits (I think), baby oatmeal mixed with water, rice or soy milk.
Publix is great for snacks. Check their Greenwise section for fruit leather, veggie stix, dairy free crackers, etc. Target also has Cherrybrook cake mixes. They are more expensive, but great for allergy sufferers. I also recommend CHamberlains or Whole Foods.
I hope this helps! Take care and best of luck!
M.M. answers from Gainesville on February 13, 2008
We have had wonderful results with my grandson with raw milk kefir as his first food. When your baby gets old enough, you might want to try it. For more encouragement along these lines, check out http://www.realmilk.com
For young children or anyone with digestive issues, fermented raw milk is best. You can buy kefir culture, or make it into yogurt (skip the heating instructions, just add the culture and let it sit out for a day or two). GEM cultures has some fantastic cultures for buttermilk and other wonderful things (http://gemcultures.com/)
There is also a home remedy for allergies that is a blend of massage and acupressure, and is easy to do. It cured all of my many allergies - I couldn't breathe out of my nose for 10 years, and got horrible stomach cramps from eating broccoli! That's all gone now, thank heavens. If you email me I can describe it to you: ____@____.com
I am willing to share this wonderful home remedy with any parents who are interested.
You are asking a very good question. This country was born when the cows came over, and the national health is highly dependent on dairy. Unfortunately, modern industrial agriculture and food processing has made one of nature's best foods into a health hazard. There are, however, many parents demanding real milk for their children, and it is available in many states.
N.W. answers from Orlando on November 08, 2007
My daughter is allergic to Milk too. Many said to give her Soy milk so she has dairy in her diet but turns out she is allergic to Soy as well. So, while she was on formula I had to start giving her " Alimentum" when she turned one I started giving her "Rice Milk". You can buy it as the grocery. And she has been drinking that as her dairy for the past 2 years. She will be 3 in February and I am hoping she grows out of the milk allergy. Most kids do. I try giving her regular milk every now and then to see if she outgrew it and she throws up every time.
Good luck :-)
B.B. answers from Jacksonville on November 12, 2007
My husband's family has milk allergies i.e. his brother and my neice thus I would never introduce milk into a babies diet until they are 1 year old. They have done research that proves by introducing milk into their diet later (after 1 yr old) it significantly reduces their changes of having the allergy. That information is a little too late to help you but remember it if you have a second child. What we do with my neice is give her soy milk, soy yogurt, they have cheese and sour cream without milk in them as well. You get a lot of good nutrients from soy milk, some doctors even say it is better. Make sure she takes vitamins and has other sources of calcium. Once they get older they can take calcium supplements too. The allergy is very common and the hardest part isn't staying health it is not eating such great tasting foods. It is hard to not eat ice cream or cheese but the items they have without milk make it easier for a child to follow the diet. We always make these brownies for my neice that have no milk in them for birthday and stuff so she doesn't feel left out from having cake. It will be hard to adjust your life style to not cook and include products with milk but it can be done. Good luck!
A.C. answers from Tampa on November 09, 2007
I put my daughter on Soy formula as soon as I stopped breastfeeding because regular formula gave her diarrhea. She drinks milk now without any problems.
Everyone has said Soy and I recommend that as well, however, my nephew is allergic to Soy. Allergy testing cannot be done until a child is almost 2 yrs old. Her pediatrician is the best source of information in this case to determine a true allergy (based on what you said, it definitely is).
M.S. answers from Ocala on November 09, 2007
I completely understand what you are going through.
I have 3 kids. The youngest is a boy and right now he is 22 and 1/2 months old and he is also allergic to dairy.
I had to give him breast milk until he was 20 months old.
Right now he is not having any milk. He can not have dairy.
He can not have Apple Juice either that gives him really bad diarrhea. He can not eat anything from McDonalds. The oil that they cook with, is not good for him. It makes him have REALLY REALLY bad diarrhea.
He can not have ICE CREAM OR CAKE.
I give him fruit and Veg's, Meat, bread, crackers, rice, soup, chips. Cereal (with no milk). All of the stuff that is good for you.
Don't worry it is not as hard as it seems.
I am thankful that my son does not have anything serious like cancer or anything else that can hurt him. “So that helps me handle this food allergy.”
My son’s sweet foods to him are banana’s and purple cut up seedless grapes.
He drinks O.J., water, sweet tea, Lemonade, sprite, Cool aid, white grape juice.
God Bless your little one, and you and your family.
From one mother to another.
J.W. answers from Orlando on November 08, 2007
Good Morning A.,
Food allergies are real common, the good news is she may out grow it by the age of 3 or 4 years old. My oldest daughter was allergic to peaches and especially peach juice until about the age of 3. Don't get me wrong, she loved peaches but would breakout in rashes wherever the juice touched her skin. That make me wonder what it was doing to her insides.
My second daughter had more allergies than the first. She was allergic to cinnamon and strawberries would breakout in raised hives all over her body in less than 5 minutes. Also she had reactions to huggies products, some detergents and lotions, this caused an all over rash. As she got older and could tell me what was wrong, she described it as making her skin crawl, even though we could no longer see the rash you could feel all the bumps. Poor thing lived on benedryl until we realized what was causing it and eliminated it from her diet and our house. It also made me learn to take the time and read ALL labels. Since she has gotten older she has outgrown most of them, she is now 5 yrs old, she still has some problems, for example if she eats too much cinammon then she itches all over. But if she eats it in small doses she seems okay. I just keep giving her a small amount then taking it away for awhile and trying again as she gets older.
The little girl I watch has milk allergies as well. She used the soy formula and now drinks Silk soy milk. When cooking her mother and I just replace regular milk with soy, for example when making mac'n cheese. My youngest son so far is okay and doesn't have allergies, but loves drinking the very vanilla silk soy milk more than regular milk!
Some rice milks are good as well like Rice Dream, I believe I have seen this at Publix. I found a kid-friendly food allergy cookbook through One Step Ahead: http://www.leapsandbounds.com/catalog/product.jsp?product... ~ this teaches you how to cook without using wheat, gluten, milk etc... The best advise that I received from our allergist was to keep a journal of everything you feed her / gave to drink. Make sure you write down the time it was given and leave a spot for 'reaction'; if anything happens write it down under reactions.
You will do fine and your daughter can still mantain a well balanced diet.