J.C. asks from Swampscott, MA on October 23, 2008
Newly Diagnosed Milk Allergy
Hi Ladies! My 21 month old son was just diagnosed yesterday with a "moderate" milk allergy. Lately he's been getting a rash on his body and has been on desonide cream for the last week. I have not had a chance to talk with his doctor yet - she was out of the office. But the nurse only said "eliminate all dairy" - the kid is practically made out of dairy!...lots of milk during the day, grilled cheese sandwich for lunches, yogurt for snack etc. So I'm pretty much at a loss - does anyone have similar experience with a milk allergy? Any suggestions for milk alternatives, recipes, or coping strategies would be greatly appreciated!
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A.F. answers from Boston on October 24, 2008
T.K. answers from Boston on October 24, 2008
My son was allergic to milk too. After a year, he is no longer allergic. I gave him soy milk. He really liked it and they have different flavors. I hope this helps.
G.C. answers from Boston on October 24, 2008
HI J., both my children can not drink whole milk or whole milk products because it gives them cramps and diahrrea, I switched them to Lactaid brand milk and ice cream and they are happy as can be. You can try to see if maybe he is allergic to the Lactose... since they aren't being too specific about what to do or avoid.
E.M. answers from Boston on October 23, 2008
No worries J.!!!
Your "all dairy" little guy can still eat all the "dairy" he likes now, just switch to soy. I am lactose intolerant and my little guy has a mild lactose allergy (and a severe nut allergy, sigh). We drink Lactaid "milk", eat lactose free cheese on burgers, in sandwiches and on crackers. As for "yogurt" the brand I buy is called "Oh-Soy". Lactaid and Breyer's make great lactose free ice creams too! I buy all of our lactose free products at regular grocery stores (like Market Basket, Shaw's & Stop & Shop) and they don't cost much more than what you've probably been buying up until now.
Two big switches we had to make is making our our desserts with lactaid, keep an eye out for milk products in ready made cookies, puddings and other sweets.
It's not so bad, and CAN be done! :)
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M.C. answers from Boston on October 24, 2008
There a lot of Soy alternatives and also rice milk alternatives. My daughter was allergic to dairy when she was younger too. I used soy with her. If you have a Whole Foods market near you they have a lot of non dairy foods. My Mom has a recipe for Tomato Soup cake which has no dairy in it and despite the name it is delicious. In fact we made it for my daughters first birthday cake and what a hit. I will get it and send it to you at a later time. I wish you luck. Take care and God Bless.
J.C. answers from Providence on October 24, 2008
I don't think it is actually that hard to go dairy free in this culture. There are tons of alternatives for everything. Once you get used to it, they are all good, except I haven't found a good cheese alternative. Silk soy milk is what my son drinks (it is fortified) and there are even ice cream alternatives (I think "cuties" are awesome) that are decent. You need to find out how intensively you need to follow a no dairy diet - many foods have ingredients such as whey in them - a dairy product. Do all of these foods need to be eliminated as well? Also, some people with diary sensitivities can eat hard cheeses (parm/ romano etc) and/ or goat milk products. If these are ok, you get a bit more variety. Good luck!
R.M. answers from Boston on October 24, 2008
A few kids in my daughter's preschool and elementary school had milk, nut, and peanut allergies, so the parents got together and made a list of allergy-free brand name food suggestions for snacktime and parties. Here's the list:
You may want to check out Trader Joe's grocery stores because they provide good information and allergy-free foods. http://www.traderjoes.com/
The same is probably true for Whole Foods markets also.
I know my cousin had a food allergy as a child, but it was something he eventually grew out of. Hopefully the same is true for your son. Good luck!
M.B. answers from Boston on October 24, 2008
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is a great resource (FAAN.org). Soy milks are a great alternative to cow's milk. There are also soy cheeses on the market. Read labels carefully...milk is ubiquitous. Make sure your son has been seen by a board certified allergist (MD). You should also be carrying an epi-pen. There is a local organization, The Seacoast Food Allergy Group that meets monthly at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Contact Tamara at ____@____.com is manageable.
D.W. answers from Providence on October 24, 2008
My son is 18 months and has the same problem. It seems overwhelming at first, but you just have to learn to cook differently. The Green Grocer in Portsmouth has a lot of alternatives there. I have a whole cookbook in PDF format that is egg free, milk free, dairy free. If you would like me to email it to you, let me know. It has been a life saver for me and the food turns out great!
J.G. answers from Burlington on October 24, 2008
My 4 year old son has a sensitivity to the milk protein, casein. He also was getting skin rashes and also terrible diarrhea. This all started when he was about 14 months old. The doctor had us switch to soy milk....the type fortified with calcium. It has worked very well with him. There are soy yogurts on the market but some of them are "enhanced" with casein...basically they are soy yogurts with a component of milk added back in for taste I guess. If casein is the problem, you would have to read the labels on the soy yogurts to be sure you are getting the right ones. I can't remember which brand doesn't have it b/c it has been awhile since we used it. My son is now able to have a yogurt each day or a grilled cheese sandwich. If he drinks regular milk or has more than one other milk product he we start to see his symptoms coming back. I have never used them but I believe there are cheese products made of soy as well. Good Luck!
R.K. answers from Springfield on October 23, 2008
You could try goat milk and cheese although they are close some ppl have a problem with it. My little guy is allergic to dairy and soy but in recipes you can substitute other milks for dairy milk and they come out fine. You should find out which protein in milk he is allergic to because that determines which if any cheeese he can eat and lots of things have whey in it. Go to webmd and type in milk allergy and you will get info.