L.B. asks from Atkins, AR on April 14, 2009
Milk Allergy - Atkins,AR
My son could not handle his formula when he was born. So they put him on Nutramagin. When he got on that he was wonderful. When he turned 12 months we tried putting him on whole milk, which was awful. We then tried goat, soy, and Lactaid. The doctor has decided to put him back on formula at 14 months old. He has constant diaprea, his bottom is so red from all of the milk that he couldn't handle. He has an allergy test next week, but I am so afraid that they are not going to find what is the matter, because once I got to reading about food allergy's it is so complex, and they usually only get 1 out of 5 babies right. The problem is I am having a horrible time finding things he can eat. There are so many things that have milk in it. Does anyone else have babies with food allergies, help please!
N.C. answers from Birmingham on April 15, 2009
I give my daughter who is 15 months rice milk (which is not milk at all) it has all the vitamins they need. I dont give my daughter any dairy at all mainly because I dont think its all that good for us. I also give her almond milk, hemp milk, vegan cheese. etc.
L.B. answers from Fayetteville on April 14, 2009
Here's what I wrote to another mom a few weeks ago who had the same problem:
Oh, you've got a lot to look forward to!
As a near-vegan, I have found that what others consider to be a restricted diet is actually a door to a lot of fun experiments and a whole world of everything else but chickens, pigs, cows, eggs and milk on my plate and in my cup. Since your son is only "restricted" from milk protein, you will have a lot less experimenting to do, but you have every other food on the planet except cow's milk (and foods with it in them) to feed your son. That's a LOT!!
As for calcium, plant-based foods generally provide a more absorbable form, anyhow, so there is no need to worry.
You can find a list of high-calcium foods at http://ag.arizona.edu/maricopa/fcs/bb/highCalciumFds.html (look at the *second* chart; the first one is obviously animal-sourced calcium). You might want to print this chart out and keep it on your fridge till you get really familiar with the great variety of foods you can offer your son.
To introduce new foods, mix some of your choice of his usuals with whatever you're serving him for the first time. He is very, very used to his "comfort" foods, and you don't want to set yourselves both up for food fights and, especially, an aversion to trying new things. I wouldn't worry about this too much. The main thing is to always keep feeding times pleasant and no-pressure. Keep offering him new things - even the same new things - because we all tend to reject flavors that we can't relate in our brains to familiar ones. This is partly why kids say no to new foods. It's a survival trait. We get a taste, our brain says "Whoa, I don't know if this is safe or toxic or what," and we automatically decide we don't like the taste of it. If we try it again after a few days or a week or a year or whatever, our brain then says, "well, I didn't get sick or die the first time, so maybe it's ok...."
For really great ideas, check out Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. Here are some ideas off the bat:
Swiss chard!! mmmmm...
sweet potatoes (Japanese ones are amazing)
tahini (condiment, say, added to unsweetened soy yogurt)
ground nuts, seeds (condiment)
brewer's yeast (condiment)
beans (if canned, drain and thoroughly rinse), mashed or blended to reduce choking hazard
I got these from Yaron's month-by-month (up to age one). What I have found is, I can just combine pretty much anything with pretty much anything else (assuming it's cooked and soft or blended or ground/blended or soft/chunky or whatever, but of course, not just coined like carrots and not just the way we prepare it for adult meals, at least not till he's used to increasingly thick, etc. consistencies, because that's a choking hazard), and add some of those "condiments" (Yaron calls them "healthy extras"), and even *I* like 'em.
Today, for example, I fed my baby quickly grated, peeled apple, added the juice, and stirred in some tahini and pumpkin seeds (ground up very fine, as all nuts and seeds should be). Took all of 3-5 minutes to pull out the coffee grinder, grind the pumpkin seeds, wash, peel and grate the apple, and stir in tahini.
Other combos: soy yogurt with any fresh fruit, plus ground-up seeds. Any bean in the world (canned is fine) with any grain you like (quinoa is great because it cooks in 15 minutes; amaranth is probably even less). Blend, or mash, and voila. Lunch. Avocado with powdered kelp sprinkled on. Etc.
MAKE SURE TO WAIT FOUR DAYS BEFORE INTRODUCING EACH NEW FOOD. This way, you can observe your son for allergic reactions - anything from a clear, runny nose to an unexplained diaper rash, to more severe reactions (don't worry, severe reactions are very rare when first introduced) - and be sure of which food caused what. This is how I noticed that my baby is allergic to pears.
Baby calls! Good luck!
Ok, later PS now that the baby is back to sleep. By the way, I read the other post, and don't want you to worry about protein. Veg-heavy diets like your son's are commonly believed, mistakenly, to be lacking in protein, or unbalanced (no offense to the other poster. I understand that this is just what we've all been told, all our lives). But it's just a myth. I'm a vegan who has logged intensive hours and hours of research on diet and health, over the past decade, and my mom's an expert nutritionist for the WIC program; I've consulted with her exhaustively on all things food-related, as well. Your son is doing just great. We humans get protein from everything. Just like the animals do. It doesn't have to be combined in any special way, either. Do you know the word for protein deficiency? No? :) That's because it's almost unheard of in the developed world. It's kwashiorkor. As long as a person is getting enough calories, s/he's getting enough protein. And feeding your kid lots of beans is just great. You don't really need them for the protein, but they're healthy and a perfectly good food.
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A.M. answers from Tulsa on April 14, 2009
I have a little one (not so little anymore at 7) who is allergic to milk also. If you would like to email me, I would be glad to let you in on some of my "secrets". Got lots of tips and tricks. My email is mandak ____@____.com (take all of the spaces out) BTW my daughter was tested at 1.5 years of age and showed to be highly allergic to milk. She is slowly outgrowing her allergy, but we have learned a LOT along the way.
B.R. answers from Jackson on April 15, 2009
When my oldest son was born, milk based formula was a no no. When he was twelve months they wanted him on whole milk. That was a no can do to. So I put him on Non-Dairy Powdered Milk. (like another response mother suggested)We were able to progress to two percent but no further. But walmart also puts out a non dairy powedered drink that we still use. Good luck on your journey!
C.P. answers from Tulsa on April 15, 2009
A.L. answers from Biloxi on April 15, 2009
we did this with my son, too. Pretty much EVERYTHING has to be cooked fresh; fresh fruits, fresh veggies, broiled chicken or chicken in the slow cooker. My son loved cheese so it was really hard to get him to give up cheese. Now, he loves fresh apples for his snack. Be careful with toddler foods, such as gerber chicken sticks. They have whey protein and I never would have thought they contained dairy!
Check with your local whole foods/health food store. They were so helpful to me in getting casein and gluten free foods. She had a list, and she would also special order for us!
C.B. answers from Tulsa on April 15, 2009
go to walmart and get PEDIASURE
THEY HAVE DIFF FLAVORS BUY A FEW DIFF FLAVORS ITS A SUPPLEMENT TO MILK AND FORMULA IT MAY HELP HIM IF HE LIKES IT HE'LL GET ALLT HE VITAMINS AND NUTRIENTS THAT EH WOULD GET FORM MILK AND FORMULA.
TRY IT LET ME KNOW IF IT HELPS.
my son loved the vanilla flavor .
A.K. answers from Tulsa on April 15, 2009
Jeff had milk allergy when he was a baby and I can feel for you. I can also tell you art 25 he can handle some milk. At 12 months I put him on regular food because he started to toss up his formula again. We had gone thought 3 different formulas and the fact that my milk dried up. He eats lots of vegs and fruits. He did not o and still does not have any other problems with food. I know it is hard to found prepared foods that met any special needs all I can say it read labels and try to make things on your own.
M.A. answers from Baton Rouge on April 15, 2009
There are different parts of milk that you can be intolerant or allergic to. Most people are lactose intolerant. There is a much smaller poulation that is casein intolernt or allergic. Casein is the protien in milk and is in almost everything processed. Products that claim to be dairy free are usually lactose free but few are casein free. You have to be very careful. The best help I obtained was from two cookbooks used mostly for kids with Autism. The recipes are great if you have one or more food allergies and the food is appealing to kids but can be used for the whole family. Special Diets for Special Kids book I and II by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D. Don't know where you are from but a great doctor to diagnose alergies and other causes is a Dr. Stephanie Cave in Baton Rouge, louisiana.Hope some of this helps. I have a son that is casein intolerant. Also the tests are done through blood work, urine samples and hair analysis not the old "back" test.