M.K. asks from Abington, MA on September 05, 2012
I Think My 12 Month Old Is Having a Problem with Milk Help!
My 12 month old has been switched to whole milk about a weeks ago. She started with an "illness" on monday. Fever or 101.6 lethargic not herself. I brought her to the dr who said it was either a virus or a late reaction to vaccines. Her ears and throat were fine. I noticed a small rash around her rectum whe we did the wilk change. Then she became constipated. Now she is very fussy. She will not sleep and wakes up screaming like she is in major pain. I have done the usual otc stuff to no avail. She also get cool and clammy. Last night she was up for hours. She is just not right. I am thinking it might be milk related, She was the happiest baby ever now she is angry, and clingy. Iam going to send DH out to get some formula. I will call the pedi in the am. I almost took her to the er at 2 am because she was acting crazy. ADVICE please. This is my third and there is no history of food allergies/intolerance she did have reflux but that seemed to clear up.
So What Happened?™
we have autoimmune issues in our other kids. We are only giving 2 vax at a time max when healthy at least only till the last visit, I also had lyme disease while pregnant with her so I have been very cautious. We gave her 2 vax she had already had and held of the MMR and the varicella vaccines until Ii take her to see the immunologist and get some bloodwork. But this started 5 days after the vaccines (and I pretreat with motrin) it seems like a very delayed vaccine reaction if it is. She is also getting cold and clammy which is not normal. going out to get formula now.
A.H. answers from Omaha on September 05, 2012
Does your doctor have an on-call nurse or answering service after hours? I would call them and let them know all the symptoms you are describing. At least they can tell you if your daughter needs to be seen at the ER tonight or give you some advice to help keep her comfortable until she can be seen at the office. It sounds like an allergy to me. I hope she feels better soon! Poor baby and poor mom!!
M.P. answers from Boston on September 07, 2012
My son had the same problem when he was a toddler. It sounds like she is lactose intolerant. Try giving her 'Acidophilous' milk. You should be able to find it in the diary section where other milk is found. Also try giving her yogurt with the good bacteria in it. My son to this day, he is in his 30's, is still lactose intolerant carries in his laptop case a bottle of Florify with him. Your baby girl will probably have a problem with ice cream too. So ask your pharmacist about Acidophilous. What I bought years ago came in a pill form we had to crush till he could take the actual pill. There might be on the market now a powder. Florify is something I get from a wellness company I coop with. It is in capsule form and many moms who use it for children, open the capsule and sprinkle on a childs food or mix it in their milk.
M.C. answers from Washington DC on September 06, 2012
If you just started the milk, I would go back to what you were doing before for 2 weeks to see if there is an improvement.
With my daughter, we had to use Soy formula because regular hurt her belly. When we tried to switch to whole milk we had to try 3 times. the first two times she developed a runny nose and congestion within the first 2 days.
According to my ped., during a high fever/rash episode with my daughter at 15m, a reaction to a vaccine can occur up to 2 weeks out.
K.C. answers from Los Angeles on September 05, 2012
It sounds more like she is sick or having a delayed reaction to the vaccines, except possibly for the rash around her rectum. My son has a severe milk allergy, so I am on a lot of allergy message boards and groups. I haven't heard of fever or feeling cool and clammy as a result of milk in the past.
All that said, I'd still switch to formula at least until you can talk to a doctor.
Milk can cause constipation, but the other symptoms don't sound milk related to me (though I am not a doctor).
S.K. answers from Dallas on September 05, 2012
To me it sounds like she is sick :( nothing worse than a sick baby!! Its hard to say if its milk-related; I think if I were you, I'd go back to formula assuming she takes it easily, let her get back to normal, and try milk again. If similar things happen, then you're probably onto something.
I did note that you mentioned that the doc said it could be a vaccine reaction, and then said she was acting "crazy;" I don't want to start a war here when this was not your question, but I'd just say watch that. I know families (I work with kids) who have told me stories about vaccine reactions that they didn't recognize at the time and wish they had paid more attention to in hindsight so I'd say don't let that fall too far to the back of your mind. I do not believe black or white that vaccines are evil or that vaccines are fault-free either; every system is different and I definitely think there are kids whose systems don't react well, so if I were you I'd just keep an eye on that.
good luck! sending prayers for a peaceful, easy night your way....
R.D. answers from New York on September 05, 2012
My 21 month old also has a random fever right now with no other symptoms. I do wonder if something is going all around because I have heard this a few times. I also took her took her to the Dr and all clear elsewhere. I do not think that the issue with milk can cause a fever, but I can be totally wrong. So maybe it is two things at once, making for a tough times for your little one. Did you do the very slow transition from formula to milk? We had to do that w one of the kids...it took a while. Worst comes to worst you can have her tested for a milk allergy. We switched to soy though at one point and it was even worse. Ask the ped what you can do for constipation at that age. Our ped said mango juice. I think if the fever continues and she seems like she is in so much pain (and you don't think it's just from the constipation) maybe you want her abdomen checked so perhaps the sooner the better. Good luck :)
C.W. answers from Washington DC on September 05, 2012
My 11 month old has had fevers, lethargic an clingy and cranky for several days now. funny, I just posted on facebook is there a new flu going around because my 8 year old just started with it too, and one of my friends said her baby had it last week. So you may have 2 different issues--a virus, and constipation and maybe rash related to milk. My daughter has had a rash too but I swear it is related to teething. I guess you will have to wait and see. Maybe give her the formula and then try milk slowly when all this clears.