D.G. asks from Omaha, NE on January 06, 2010
Milk Allergy Need Help
Has anyone had experience with a milk allergy my son is 10 months old and has had diarrhea for the past week. We've gone through bottles of pedialyte and dozen of outfits a day. He has also been vomitting and congested. He has been on the same formula since he first started formula which was around 3 months. He has been eating regular food for the past 2 months now but still eating baby fruits and veggies. He hasnt seemed to have any problems with this until just recently. I was allergic to milk when I was born and had to have goats milk?? Does a milk allergy gradually occur... Ive gone through all the possibilities but the diarreha and vomitting isnt getting better.... If anyone has had any experience with this I would love some help with this... Thanks
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A.A. answers from San Francisco on January 07, 2010
Have you called your physician? He probably has a stomach/GI virus. Milk allergy doesn't start like this....
G.K. answers from San Francisco on January 07, 2010
An intolerance for milk isn't something that develops over time, I don't think. In fact, over time, it should gradually decrease unless your baby has a true allergy to cow proteins. It sounds like he may have a bug that's causing his diarrhea. Talk to his doctor, especially if it lasts much longer. Most bugs last around a week, and hopefully he'll start feeling better in the next few days. Hopefully you'll get some sleep as well!!
H.D. answers from San Francisco on January 06, 2010
Definitely worth switching him to soy. I would be very concerned about the vomiting and diarrhea, at his age it would be very easy for him to become dehydrated very quickly...not something you want! I would definitely talk to his doctor as well. My daughter also developed an allergy to milk when she was 10 months old, she switched over to soy with no problem. That was 23 years ago, I am sure there are some very good formulas out there now, you just have to look. =) Good luck!
P.C. answers from San Francisco on January 07, 2010
I too had a milk allergy as a child and had to drink goats milk. Loved it at the time, but now - bluck! :-)
I have a two year old daughter who had a cold. A day or two after I had thought her "all well" she started puking...I don't recall diherrea, but oh the puking. It seemed so random. I finally called the dr who said when they get congested their nose and sinuses drain into their tummy and the lining of the stomache can be irritated...and milk is actually hard to digest. Whole milk harder than skim, just for the record...anyway, the solution was simply to remove the dairy from her diet for a few days until her tummy's lining could heal. Then re-introduce the dairy.
That may be the extent of your little guy's problem...an irritated stomach. It's worth taking him off dairy for a few days and see if it clears. One "tell tale" sign, I think is that the puke was full of white chunks, like curdled milk...which is probably what it was, come to think of it.
Good luck to you. Hopefully it's just an irritation and not an allergy.
T.B. answers from San Francisco on January 07, 2010
Milk allergy is different than lactose intolerance. Speak to your doctor and ask for a referral to an allergist. You may have to push, I did. My son has multiple food allergies, but not milk, so I have no personal experience with milk. A great website is www.foodallergy.org (Food Allergy and Anaphylactic Network). Another one is kidswithfoodallergies.org T.
N.J. answers from San Francisco on January 07, 2010
Do you know about the BRAT diet? bananas, rice (and /or rice water),applesauce and tea. Doctors used to recommend this to help heal and firm up the digestive tract whenever a child had diarrhea. Could it be the flu? What does your doctor think? My children used to have diarrhea lot and my pediatrician thought it was the water supply where we lived (not in CA). Good luck. It doesn't follow my experience with milk allergies, but I am no expert.
I hope he is getting a lot of fluids since he must be losing a lot with all this diarrhea.
M.G. answers from Sacramento on January 07, 2010
i bet he just has the flu. my son had diarrhea for 5 days last week. and threw up a couple of times. hi clothes, my clothes, towels, blankets, sheets, all washed multiple times a day. it was bad bad bad. but the doctor said not to worry unless it lasted 7 days. my doctor also said dont give pedilite, that breast milk was better. so you might want to ask about pedilite vs formula.
D.V. answers from San Francisco on January 08, 2010
Have you talked to your peditrician. Has he been vaccinated for the rota virus? Could be rota?