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Milk Protein Intolerant Toddler

My 16 month old has been having issues and I took her to see a gastroenterologist. The doc wants to take her off of milk and said it could be due to milk intolerance (allergy to milk protein).. its not lactose intolerance which is more common. He told me to put her on toddler soy formula.. but my daughter can't stand it! She was a great milk drinker. She also loves cheese which he said to limit/cut out and yoghurt (he said one per day was okay). Any ideas on what to give her? also how to make sure she has enough calcium in her diet? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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Thanks Moms for all your help and input! So many great suggestions! I will try them out and see what works with her.

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I believe that Lactaid makes a drop product you can give your toddler to help them with a lactose intolerance, if indeed this is what it is. As long as it is an intolerance this could be your answer. My fear, as someone who has both nutritionist friends and has personally done a great deal of research, is that if your toddler hasn't been on soy as an infant soy is a feminizing hormone and CAN cause issues in the long term. My daughter had to be on it after she had spinal menengitis at 2 weeks old, for 1 year, but she was able to go back to milk after that time. She had time to get used to it because it was only when she was 3 weeks old that she started it. There are other options, including Lactaid milk, which is infused with the medication in Lactaid. See what you can find. :) Hope this helps some.

Hi! I wanted to share what worked for my daughter. My daughter didn't like soy either so my doctor recommended nutrimeal. I purchased the product at www.healthrep.usana.com
They are not milk based and you can add water so they are great for those who are lactose intolerant. It worked great!She loved it. Hope you find this helpful.

Is it "milk" or "lactose" intolerance? Milk intolerance means that he is simply allergic to cow milk or maybe it's the antibiotics and hormones that are affecting him. You can try RAW ORGANIC milk. If it's lactose intolerance then maybe you could just get him some lactaid milk or lactase pills to give him or put in his milk. Most people don't make enough if any of the lactase enzyme that breaks down the sugar, lactose, in milk, but many of these people don't recognize the symptoms and blame them on other ailments. You coud try ORGANIC goat's milk which doesn't have that problem.
Organic nut and seed milks can be used (almond, sesame, etc.) and are actually an excellent substitute for mom's milk compared to all others. Research the raw food movement and you will find some great advice and testimonies on this. Sesame seed milk is the best source for calcium. Soak 1 cup white sesame seeds, then blend with 2 cups water and 2-3 pitted dates, then strain. Milk actually promotes osteoperosis not prevents. http://www.snyderhealth.com/calcium.htm among other things
Google milk and osteoarthritis you will see the truth.
Soy milk is not actually good either. It's very dangerous and the hype about how it helps menopause has already been proven wrong. And like cow's milk many peple are allergic to soy too! The asian community knows about the problems with soy and so they take measures against that,. Plus, they only eat small amounts not like the marketers want you to believe. go to www.mercola.com and type soy milk in the search box. Be informed, it could save you and your child's life! Best Wishes!
By the way, the doctor could have done the allergy test, but first they tell you to stop the milk to see if it works or not. Go back in there and demand that he be tested so you can know for sure.

Hi Adla,
I live in San Antonio and A. a wellness consultant with a certification in detoxification. I also work 3 to 4 days a week at Cost Plus Nutrition. Please check out www.thewholestory.com. Soy foods and soy milk are not as healthy as they would like for you to believe. Hundreds of epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, immune system breakdown, even heart disease and cancer. Most at risk are children given soy formula. Check it out for yourself. When it comes to cow's milk, we are the only mammals who continue to drink milk after being weened. I would suggest reading "Don't Drink Your Milk" by Frank A. Oski, M.D. You will learn, among other things, that drinking of cow milk has been linked to iron-deficiency anemia in infants and children; cause of cramps and diarrhea, and cause of multiple forms of allergy as well as the possibility that pasteurized milk may play a central role in the origins of atherosclerosis and heart attacks. Although Dr. Oski says the alternative is soy formula, his book was printed in 1996, before the current data on soy was known. Another good book to read is "Pottenger's Cats" a Study In Nutrition by Francis M. Pottenger, Jr. M.D. Dr. Pottenger's research includes raw milk. We buy raw milk, only because we are tea drinkers and like a little milk in our tea, but if you go to www.organicpastures.com you will learn about raw vs. pasteurized. I purchased a DVD (two hours long) on raw vs. pasteurized, and both my husband and I are convinced that raw is much healthier. Pasteurized milk destroys the enzymes and other nutrients that are a natural part of cow's milk. Persons who are lactose intolerant, usually do not have a problem drinking raw milk because the enzyme Lactase is still there to break down the sugar molecule Lactose. Another good site to visit is www.westonaprice.org. There are many families here in San Antonio who buy raw milk from a dairy farmer who lives between SA and Houston. He delivers the orders every two weeks to families who are willing to hold the milk in coolers until his customers pick up their orders the same day. If you are interested in buying raw milk this way since it is not yet in the health food stores, e-mail me at ____@____.com and I can explain how this is done. In California, raw milk is available in health food stores throughout the state. Hope this helps.

My eldest daughter (now 11) had the same problem. She hated the soy powder so we splurged and purchased the soy formula in a can (not sure why it tasted different). Ultimately we ended up giving her soy milk (Silk) and calcium fortified orange juice cut with water (I'm anti juice normally due to dental and pediatrician guidance - preferring to get fruits from raw/fresh sources) Rice Dream was also one we tried although she preferred the Silk. The cheese was an issue with her as well. We found specialty cheeses made with non-cow milk that she liked as a treat. I don't recall what we may have done in regards to yogurt. We looked for calcium rich foods and got her eating them more. She loved broccoli - lots of calcium there. She outgrew her sensitivity; although has never been a huge milk drinker since switching her back to cows milk successfully around age 4; but, she has a very healthy selection of foods she loves (including cheese).

You might go talk to a specialist at one of the health food groceries in town like Sun Harvest. They have been helpful to us in the past where the doctor left off.

Good Luck!


My 16 year old son was lactose intolerant within days of bringing him home from the hospital when he was born. Severe cramping, diaper blow-outs and what seemed like colic at the time. Because he was newborn; switching to soy was not a problem - but it took me several months to figure it out. On the other hand; your child has been used to dairy products and may find it more difficult to find a substitute. I would go to a pediatrician and recommend allergy testing as well. Most likely there are other allergies too. Then, if there are other food related allergies,they set you up with a dietician that can recommend nutritious replacements. I spent years - until my son was 7 years old - going from doctor to doctor (thru the military) until we finally got referred to an allergist and discovered other foods that have been the culprits of his pain and discomfort. Milk was the least of his allergies. Yogurt was one he could handle; also mozarella cheese sticks; but in small doses. He now can tolerate 1 and 2 percent milk; but all the other allergies remain strong. There are products out there; you'll just have to find the one that tastes right to the child. I would save years of problems and guesswork by doing an allergy test to make sure. (I also discovered my mother's side of the family also have these same type of allergies) Then you'll know how to make the right adjustments......hope this helps...

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