J.A. asks from Belmar, NJ on August 15, 2008
Question Regarding Milk Allergies & Lactose Intolerence
Hi, i just switched my one year old son over to whole milk about a week/1/2 ago. Ever since, i have noticed that he stands in the middle of the floor and pushes and scremas in awful pain and you can tell that he is trying to go to the bathroom. He has been eating more and more table food, however, the main difference in his diet is the mild switch. Prior to the milk, he was using milk-based formula and has been eating yo-baby organic yogurt for about 6 months, both with no problem. I gave him some prune juice, and it did make him have a BM, just now the same thing is happening again and again. He screams a few times an hour and you can tell that he is in so much pain. Could this be lactose or milk allergy? I feel soo sorry for him, anyone have anything similar happen?
So What Happened?™
Thanks for all of your helpful suggestions! I have not given him milk since Friday night (it's now Tuesday) and he hasn't had that problem. He has been having BM's w/no problem. So I guess I can safely say that the milk defanitly irritated him in some way. Not sure if I'll try Lactaid or just introduce a lower % milk very very slowly to him. I received some responses regarding goats milk and while that is a very good idea, I have heard it's hard to find and quite expensive. Either way, I'll bring it up w/his Dr. Thanks again ladies!
W.M. answers from New York on August 16, 2008
Have you tried switching to low fat or skim milk? My sister couldn't tolerate whole milk as a baby, but was ok with skim. Just another thought....
Hope you son feels better very soon!
J.H. answers from New York on August 18, 2008
I'm assuming you are using cows milk?
First of all cows milk is much harder for our bodies as humans to digest than our own milk or milk from other animals. What makes this so is the not only the makeup of the milk, but also the process of pasteurization. You might think that pasteurization is necessary and safe but in fact you are killing a living substance. Raw milk, much like breastmilk, has enzymes and antibodies that make it healthy and easily digested. Kill the enzymes and you have a substance that our bodies reject.
Second, have you considered Goat's milk? Raw goats' milk is much easier for our bodies to handle and has all of the enutritional benefits of cows milk.
Raw milk from grass fed cows or goats is available at many CT farm markets. Or on the farms of various local farms. WEL WORTH the the trip.
Here's some more info: www.realmilk.org
(our 13 onth old has ben on raw goat milk in addition to breast milk since a year with no problems...mommy and daddy drink raw cow milk)
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J.G. answers from New York on August 15, 2008
It's not an allergy. An allergy to milk would cause rash, hives, trouble breathing etc... And an intolerance to milk would actually cause horrible gas and ALOT of diahhrea. (I'm an allergy nurse and my sister is lactose intolerant) Milk and cheese are actually very constipating in nature. Even though yogurt is a dairy product it has natural live acidopholus cultures in it which are very beneficial to the digestive system. You may want to increase his other fluid intake like apple juice and water which will loosen the stool up a little. Also try if you can to increase his fiber intake, that should help too. You can also try to get him to eat more grapes and raisins and actual sun dried prunes, depending on his amount of teeth of course (I think NatureSweet or something makes them, they are individually packaged). These healthy snacks which are great for healthy poops! Hope this was helpful and thank god for prune juice just in case!
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M.S. answers from New York on August 17, 2008
it sounds like your son is lactose intolerant. that would explain why he can have yogurt but not milk because the lactose in yogurt is already broken down by the bacteria that turn the milk into yogurt. my son and I both stay away from cow milk products and he is a very very healthy 1 1/2 year old in the 98th percentile for height. i give him some goat milk's yogurt and calcium from other sources, as well.
C._. answers from New York on August 16, 2008
Contrary to popular belief, milk DOES cause constipation. does he like pears? that helps w/ bowel movements. I add (gerber baby food) pears to my daughter's strawberry milk. it makes a difference. since she was a baby, milk constipated her. still does so I giver her a bit of milk of magnesia from time to time to help her. I avoid milk as much as possible. sometimes she eats something w/ chees or milk then the next day I give her 1 tsp milk of magnesia in her soy/oatmilk drink. if it's the milk, there are plenty of alternatives. Good luck and keep looking for the right answer for you and your son. ~Carmen~
M.M. answers from New York on August 16, 2008
Is the whole mike organic too? If not you might want to switch to that. However it does sound like lactose intolerance. If you are giving him organic then I would switch to lactaid and see if there is a difference. On a side note, I go to a nutritionist who has told me that regular milk is not the healthiest way to go anyway. There's all kinds of reasons; cow's are not grass fed and are fed feed that is not necessiarily good for the cows, it has additives, pesticides etc.; the cows are given hormones which do flow through their milk; and the pasteurization process is also stripping any natural nutients to then put them back in. If it's one thing I do consistently with my kids and family it is Organic milk.
Hope that helps! Best of luck.
K.S. answers from New York on August 18, 2008
So I'm not a doctor but I can tell you our story. My little girl was going through much of what you're saying. She ate yogurt and had a milk based formula and seemed okay. When we started milk it was a bad scene. She would push and push and would hold her tummy in pain. Her doctor said to give it more time and see. One time she was pushing so hard and screaming that she would pass out, wake up and try all over again. That's when I started her on the Lactaid (lactose free milk) and life has been much better! She can do milk in recepies and yogurt in small amounts but if she eats cheese or regular milk it's going to be a bad few days until she can pass it. I hope this helps. Good luck.
B.B. answers from New York on August 16, 2008
Sound like lactose intolerance. My 2nd son had the same problem. We switched him to soy milk and he got better. Our doctor told us that he would probably outgrow by 2 years old. He is 3 and still drinks soy milk but occasionally has cheese. So far no problems.
C.M. answers from Cincinnati on August 16, 2008
It doesn't sound like lactose intolerance to me. My daughter (2 and a half) is lactose intolerant, which causes her to have watery stools and gas, not constipation. She did get constipated even when on the lactose free milk, but that was b/c she wasn't drinking enough water and too much milk. Once we got that straightened out she was a much happier kid.