A.B. asks from Montgomery, TX on August 03, 2009
Possible Allergy to Cows Milk? What Do You Know About Soy Milk?
Hi there! My 12.5 month old daughter has developed a rash on her upper left arm, inside left elbow, left trunk area and her bottom...and she always wants to scratch her hiney during diaper changes. It looks similar to eczema but am not sure. I have not made an appt with the MD. The rash really doesn't seem to 'bother' her...just me. lol. We made the switch to cows milk at a year...For the past week, I've been giving her soy milk to see if this alleviates some of her symptoms. QUESTION: Have your children experienced anything like this? What is your experience with soy milk? Which soy milk do you purchase for your little one? Thanks in advance!!
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Thanks for all of the helpful information. You have given me plenty of things to research and follow up on. I appreciate all of your first hand knowledge! Take care!
J.F. answers from Killeen on August 07, 2009
L.S. answers from Houston on August 04, 2009
My son is 'sensitive to dairy' We use rice and almond milk. Both can be found everywhere, Kroger HEB and WalMart. I personally don't feel that there is enough research done on Soy, or how they are growing it here, so I have not used it.
C.A. answers from San Antonio on August 04, 2009
Checkout: www.notmilk.com for all the scoop on milk, cows milk was designed for calfs.
They now make plenty of milk substitutes, including oatmilk. If you go the soy route make sure you are buying organic soy to avoid GMOs (genetically modified), our fav is Soy Dream. Silk is not a good option because they changed to non-organic. There is much controversie about phyto-estrogen in soy, and that it could affect males, but I believe it is much better for anyone & far superior to milk with the cows natural female hormones and added growth hormones(rBGH). My nephew is 9 and has been drinking soy for several years with no problem. Another plus is that it does not have cholesterol like milk does. I hope this helps.
D.D. answers from San Antonio on August 04, 2009
Lots of great information provided about pasteurization, etc. All true, if you decide to go the milk-less route I think Rice Milk is safer than soy milk. Soy is controversial (esp. for boys) because it has estrogen like properties. I have recently switched to rice milk because it is believed that the hormones in milk can cause acne. Anyway, I think rice milk tastes pretty good. Tried almond milk and didn't like the weird after taste. You can find rice milk at Costco for a lot cheaper, about $1 cheaper per quart than in the store. I think it was $16 for 12 of them. Good luck!
L.B. answers from Corpus Christi on August 04, 2009
With our temp. lately have you thought about heat rash, a simple way to find out is next time you bath her put a small amount of house hold bleach (clorine)in her bath, remember we already have this in our water. Put about 2-3 Table spoons in. If this is heat rash it will go way in a few days very quickly. If you do not want to try this go to a public pool they also have the clorine. I did use the soy milk for my daughter and as she got older she did outgrow the milk problem. Good luck.
H.A. answers from Houston on August 04, 2009
I agree with others' concerns on soy milk, stay away from it. BAD BAD stuff, in my opinion. If you're going to do boxed milks, rice is probably going to be your safest, though still wouldn't be my first choice overall. Organic milk might be better, but if you're open-minded, your best bet may be raw milk (goat or cow). For more info and where to find local sources, go to www.realmilk.com. They have some excellent articles and will certainly give you something to think about. The pasturization process totally changes the molecular structure of the milk which makes it very difficult for our bodies to process.
S.L. answers from Austin on August 04, 2009
An actual allergy to cows milk would probably involve runny green and possibly bloody poop. She may have some sort of intollerance, but if her poop is fine then it most likely isn't a true milk allergy. You dr. should be able to help. Good luck!
R. answers from San Antonio on August 04, 2009
This definitely sounds like a food allergy. My daughter is allergic to milk, wheat and eggs and if she gets any of them she breaks out from head to foot in terrible eczema. She was allergy tested when she was 2, but has suffered for as long as I can remember. Also, she hates soy (Soy also happens to be a common allergen, so you may want to avoid until you know for sure the problem). There is also rice milk and almond milk. Good luck.
N.M. answers from Austin on August 04, 2009
My daughter and I are both allergic to cow's milk. She's been drinking soy milk since she stopped nursing when she was 15 months old. We use unsweetened Silk soy milk and haven't had any problems. I've heard media concerns about the effects of soy on the body due to it's estrogen like qualities, but have yet to see anything beyond speculation. If there is research out there that shows the negative effects, I'd love to see it.
C.S. answers from Austin on August 04, 2009
You might want to do some more research before choosing soy milk. Soy is in EVERYTHING these days. However, from what I have read recently, it is not really good for us, and can even block our bodies from absorbing calcium and other important nutrients. There is a very comprehensive article at www.mercola.com. My mom loves the Silk stuff, believes the isoflavones help give her relief from hot flashes, but I choose not to buy it for myself or my kids.