J.L. asks from Seattle, WA on April 10, 2008
Milk Allergy Symptoms?
For those of you who's kids are allergic/sensitive to milk, what were their symptoms?
My daughter is 13 months and we are close to completing the transition from formula to cow's milk (we are taking it very slow). Over the past couple of days, her sleep has been terrible, not that she's ever been a good sleeper. She lets out loud, colicky cries and sometimes has a hard time settling down. She is also frequently consipated and has some skin issues. Basically dry skin on her face, patches on legs, arms and torso.
All of these things have been issues for a long time, but seem to be exacerbated since starting milk. My first thought is a milk sensitivity . . . any other ideas of what it might be?
So What Happened?™
Thanks everyone for the great advice! You have all confirmed my suspicions - never doubt a mother's intuition. I'm going to schedule an appointment with my ped. I'm very curious about rice/goat milk, as soy has estrogen properties and can cause gas (It does for me!). I'll definitely ask for the test - I just want to know, make the necessary changes and move on so that my daughter can be a happy camper.
E.S. answers from Richland on April 11, 2008
When I was a baby I was allergic to milk. My folks say that my symptoms were bloated belly, diarrhea, fever sometimes, stomach cramps... everything that is normally associated with the stomach flu. I grew out of it, but I had to be put on Pregesterol in the meantime. I guess there is better stuff out there now. That was 1981.
P.G. answers from Eugene on April 11, 2008
My kids and I (45) have severe dairy and environmental allerigies. FOOD/DAIRY allergies symptom SPECIFICALLY show up as a rash inside of elbows and on backside of knees (creases) (but can be on the face/other areas too). If the rash generally all over most areas then I would also look into environmental irritants. You may want to look at types of fabrics (cotton is almost always safe), a BIG skin irritant is lotion/shampoo/bodywash or anything with fragrance (try non-scented/hypo-allergenic), a BIG factor for us is laundry detergents/softners - we can ONLY use Arm-n-Hammer DRY formula (no fragrance, perfume, or dye), nope, the liquid formula doesn't work for us - itchy skin then rash everywhere. Back to DAIRY...(most common allergy) you may want to start with trying rice milk mixed in with the formula (if you didn't have problems w/the formula) instead of dairy milk for a week or so and see if that makes a difference; if good results then switch to full rice milk - see results. Note: Guy at health food store recently warned me to use caution if considering soy products (for my girl) which are high in estrogen (females in Asia only use soy/tofu products when going through menopause!). The best of luck to you!
S.B. answers from Richland on April 11, 2008
Try goat's milk and see if there are any changes. I had a baby that was allergic to cow's milk and I used almond milk with good results.
K.W. answers from Portland on April 16, 2008
Just be aware that there is a difference between an allergy and an intolerance. Another important distinction is between sensitivity to lactose (sugars) in milk vs. casein (protein) in milk. Casein is in goat's milk as well, so if casein is the culprit goat's milk won't help. Also, kids sensitive to casein are often sensitive to soy as well. I have to avoid both in my diet--I'm still breastfeeding my 19 month old because I worry otherwise whether she'll get enough protein (she's not keen on meat and I can't give her dairy or soy).
So I would follow others' advice to get your child tested. Know what you're dealing with so you don't have to experiment on your baby.
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R.O. answers from Eugene on April 11, 2008
J., If your formula wasn't a soy based formula, odds are there is no milk allergy. My daughter had an allergy and we didn't know until I stopped nursing and switched to formula, she instantly got a diaper rash all the way down her leg. The doctor put her on the soy formula, and said that because cow babies grow so much faster then human babies, a lot of children have sensitivity to milk, its too rich, so he said to try again after she turned 2 as these things tend to go away by themselves, I did, it did, and she is 21 now and drinks it by the gallon!! Good luck, R.
K.R. answers from Seattle on April 11, 2008
Hi, try to drink soymilk or rice milk that good for who have colic or stomachache. it might allergic. Some kids drink soymilk or rice milk, it helps better then cow milk. you can try to explore if any improve for your daughter.
R.S. answers from Portland on April 11, 2008
I have an 11 month old with milk allergies, and his showed up in extreme eczema, colic from 3 months on, sleep issues, constipation. We eliminated all dairy, and the rash got 90% better, then eliminated wheat, and it's almost gone. Now we're on a homeopathic program, and he's almost back to normal. He drinks whole goat milk (it's easier to digest than cows) and I drink goat/rice/almond milk, as I'm still breastfeeding and he gets reactions if I have any dairy. I wouldn't recommend soy milk, as it has quite a bit of estrogen in it (my mom uses 1/2 cup a day for hot flashes and it works well for that). Ironically 1 week after I found out I was pregnant with baby #2, milk didn't agree with me, and I had to force myself to drink milk throughout the whole pregnancy (I'm a huge milk drinker, and didn't have that problem with my other baby 2 years ago, who does fine with milk) Hope this helps. It took 3 weeks of no dairy for us to notice any difference, so be prepared not to notice anything overnight.
K.G. answers from Seattle on April 11, 2008
My son, now 2, has milk allergies. At his worst before we knew it was milk, he had a diaper rash that was blister-like and bled. It was like he was burned! Although he will occasionally get rashy if he gets into something (sneaks out of his brother's lunch), I have recently noticed his dry, mild ecema seems to get much worse (redder and more raised). I thought that he may be able to have milk after he is potty trained but now I am thinking not. But his symptoms seem to have changed over the last year a little and thought that may help to know.
M.L. answers from Seattle on April 10, 2008
Well, she definately has an allergy...at least it sounds like it to me. Constipation is a big one. We gave our son only rice milk (not soy because it causes serious gas) for about two years until he overcame the issue. He is six, turning 7 next month and he is just now getting over the hard stool issue. Sometimes he would be sitting on the potty crying because it hurt so much (poor little baby - I felt so bad...). I would just sit there with him holding his hand, like he was going through labor...bless his heart. Almost brings tears to my eyes. I think your best bet is to take her from cows milk to rice...find fortified rice milk. You don't want anything low fat, because she doesn't need that, she needs the fat. Also, try to incorporate fiber into the diet in ANY way possible to help with the stools. I don't know if you can add the fiber powder to a youngsters milk or not, but, if you can...for her sake, try it! It is extremely hard to see a young one going through the pain of the gas and constipation. As for the skin, she may also have a slight case of dermatitis. It is very common. I have it and have patches all over that are dry. They come and go. I hope this information has helped. And if you talk to your doctor, don't let them tell you that it is not the milk. So many that we went to tried that with me. Cows milk is extremely hard for some babies, it is a fact. Let us know how she is doing...
M.R. answers from Portland on April 11, 2008
Try soymilk and see if there is a difference. My daughter was on formula and didn't drink cow's milk until 2 years old. I started with the cow's formula, but had to use strictly soy formula. She is five and still likes soy milk, but does drink more cow's milk. There tummies still take some adjusting at an early age. Try cow's milk when she's a little older and if you have the same results she just may be allergic. I have friends who 5 and 9 year old are allergic. They get angry, irritable and then have stomach aches followed by diarrah(sp) when they even have small amounts.
K.M. answers from Seattle on April 11, 2008
my daughter's stol stayed in the form of diarriah and she was very colicky.