10Mo Allergic to Milk - Soy??

Updated on April 09, 2010
D.P. asks from Hudson, MA
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I just foundout my 10 mo. old is allergic to milk. The pediatrician recommended switching to soy. I switched to soy milk, but he loves yogurt, pudding, and cheese! Where can I go that has a large variety of foods made with soy, and what brands?? I don't know anything about soy products!!

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answers from Minneapolis on

Why is your 10mo old drinking milk?

Skip the soy, please do some research before feeding it to your kids or yourself. Almond milk is a better substitute. And dairy protein (which he's likely intolerant to, most people are) is so broken down in cheeses and yogurts its not a problem.

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answers from Detroit on

Hello D. ~ My 5 yr old daughter is also severely allergic to dairy has been since she was about 7 months....check out http://zensoy.com/ they have pudding...silk soy makes a yogurt you have to be very careful of the cheese there is a dairy free cheese I can't think of the name/brand b/c even though it may say dairy free it does contain casein which is a dairy derivative. I also have some easy recipes for cakes & pudding other things please feel free to email me if you'd like. I know how overwhelming it can be to try to figure it all out.

here is a list of dairy/derivatives ....other names for dairy

Lactose (milk sugar) intolerance is the most common form of milk allergy or adverse reaction to cow, goat and sheep's milk. Lactose needs to be broken down by an enzyme called lactase to be absorbed in the body, but some people do not produce enough lactase for this to happen. The digestive system cannot cope with raw lactose, so it reacts against it with symptoms such as stomach pain, bloating, vomiting and diarrhea.
For others a milk allergy is a reaction to milk proteins such as casein that can be very difficult for humans to digest. Alternatively, the digestive system may not be functioning correctly and partially digested proteins may be crossing the stomach wall and causing an adverse immune reaction, contributing to a host of symptoms, and/or aggravating others.
If you see any of the following items listed as an ingredient in a food, it will not be milk-free:
Butters: artificial butter, artificial butter flavor, butter, butter extract, butter fat, butter flavored oil, butter solids, dairy butter, natural butter, natural butter flavor, whipped butter

Casein & caseinates: ammonium caseinate, calcium caseinate, magnesium caseinate, potassium caseinate, sodium caseinate, hydrolyzed casein, iron caseinate, zinc caseinate

Cheese: cheese (all types), cheese flavor (artificial and natural), cheese food, cottage cheese, cream cheese, imitation cheese, vegetarian cheeses with casein

Cream, whipped cream
Dairy product solids
Half & Half

Hydrolysates: casein hydrolysate, milk protein hydrolysate, protein hydrolysate, whey hydrolysate, whey protein hydrolysate

Ice cream, ice milk, sherbet
Lactalbumin, lactalbumin phosphate
Lactate solids
Lactyc yeast
Lactitol monohydrate

Milk: Acidophilus milk, buttermilk, buttermilk blend, buttermilk solids, cultured milk, condensed milk, dried milk, dry milk solids (DMS), evaporated milk, fat-free milk, fully cream milk powder, goat’s milk, low-fat milk, malted milk, milk derivative, milk powder, milk protein, milk solids, milk solid pastes, non-fat dry milk, non-fat milk, non-fat milk solids, pasteurized milk, powdered milk, sheep’s milk, skim milk, skim milk powder, sour milk, sour milk solids, sweet cream buttermilk powder, sweetened condensed milk, sweetened condensed skim milk, whole milk, 1% milk, 2% milk.

Milk fat, anhydrous milk fat

Nisin preparation
Renned, rennet casein
Simplesse (fat replacer)
Sour cream, sour cream solids, imitation sour cream

Whey: Acid whey, cured whey, delactosed whey, demineralized whey, hydrolyzed whey, powdered whey, reduced mineral whey, sweet dairy whey, whey, whey protein, whey protein concentrate, whey powder, whey solids

Yogurt (regular or frozen), yogurt powder
Possible sources of milk:

Natural flavoring
Caramel flavoring
High protein flour
Lactic acid (usually not a problem)
Lactic acid starter culture
"Non-dairy" products may contain casein.
Rice cheese
Soy cheese
Also avoid products that have an advisory label that indicates that the product MAY contain milk or that is processed on shared equipment.

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answers from Little Rock on

Silk makes a soy yogurt, and my kids love anything that silk makes as long as it is flavored. good luck



answers from Denver on

Depending on the child's level of sensitivity, some children who are "allergic to milk" can't break down the milk sugars in a milk product which has been cooked into a dead state (pasteurized milk) but can break them down with the assistance of the live cultures or processes that the milk product has gone through to become cheese or yogurt or such.

And for some kids, adding the enzyme which helps break down milk sugars to the jug of milk will help enough that they will no longer have problems. A lot depends on the level of sensitivity of the child.

A best bet if you're going to test it is to remove in all for a couple weeks and then try a day with some cheese or yogurt and see how he does. Watch for straining, gas, skin irritation, mood changes, or stool changes. If everything looks good, keep the cheese for a few days and see if it stays the same. He might then prove to be fine with the cheese and you can move on to testing the yogurt.

As for where to guy soy products, Whole Foods and Vitamin Cottage are good choices if either exist in your area. But don't be too surprised if the child doesn't respond the same way to them in terms of loving them. They really don't taste the same, so some kids will like this new product, some will not.



answers from St. Louis on

There are several kids that are allergic to cow's milk that are not allergic to goat milk. I'd look up goat milk purveyors in your area to see if there is anything that could work.



answers from Tampa on

My son eats soy products. Super walmart carries soy yougurt. Its mabe by stoneyfarm and just the right size for little ones. Its called Yo Soy. I have seen it in one other super market, so maybe markets in your store will have it. Its usually with the other yougurts and milks.Also if you go to Whole Foods, or any health food market they will have a variety of soy products. Even pudding!!! Good Luck!! Hope this helps!!



answers from Stationed Overseas on

Yep I too am wondering why a 10mo is drinking cow's milk? Anyways if he truly is allergic than i vote for trying goat's milk. Did you have an allergy test done or did your child have some sort of reaction? You can get it at any specialty grocery store like Whole Foods or Trader Joes. And there are also other products made with goats milk like yogurt, cheese etc.



answers from Clarksville on

You should be able to buy soy milk in any grocery store in the milk isle. They also make lactose-free milk, which is what we buy for our son who is lactose intolerant, b/c soy has tons of protein and gave him gas!(b4 he became allergic to soy as well!) They also make acidophilus-bifidum(sp?) milk but they only sell that in select stores. Or you can even try rice milk...which they sell at most grocery stores. I wouldnt try the almond b/c he is still young and might have a nut allergy(unless you already give those to him-then go for it!) Plus, in my opinion almond and rice milk taste gross- and this is coming from a health nut! no pun intended. Dont freak out. Its ok. I personally wouldnt switch to soy/almond b/c of the protein/gas factor and just buy lactose-free (Lactaid or Store Brand) and leave it at that. If he loves yogurt then keep giving him the yogurt that he loves and he will be just fine. Our son has been Lactose intolerant for a while now. E-mail me if you have any questions!



answers from Atlanta on

Hi D.,

I agree with Becky on the soy. The jury is still out as to whether it is even safe for little ones. Almond milk is much healthier for him and tastes great. Even though yogurts are probably not going to be an issue, there are yogurt type snacks made with almond milk as well. Goat's milk is an option too.




answers from Boston on

I'm not sure what the big concern is about soy - there are SO MANY clinical trials out there about the benefits of it (including prevention of breast cancer and reduction in radiation fatigue, and boosting the immune system - when placed in a balanced formula with all the other necessary nutrients for proper digestion) although there are certainly many doctors who have never had a nutrition class and therefore aren't up on this stuff. Soy is nature's protein. Like anything else you buy in a supermarket or even health food store, it can be poorly processed (e.g. alcohol washed) or made from low quality soybeans or manufactured under questionable conditions -- these are usually the factors that cause problems. The problem with milk is usually in the pasteurization to give it shelf life - many people can drink raw milk without problems and there are dairies that specialize in this. That said, it's true that a cow's milk has a sole purpose of turning a 100 pound newborn calf into an 800 pound steer in 6 months, so it's not clear to me why anyone thinks humans need this.

The other thing that a lot of my friends and work colleagues do is add in the missing nutrients that will allow your child to process all of his food better. This can be done thru simple supplementation with a liquid, delicious made-for-kids supplement made here in the US under the supervision of Dr. Carl Hastings, who was on the team that developed the first soy infant formula (Pro-So-Bee) and who has numerous food patents to his name. (Food patents for entire formulas are extremely difficult to get - Hastings has 5 and 2 more pending.) The company is Reliv International (www.reliv.com) and is feeding 45,000 people a day (mostly kids) just thru their charitable foundation. They do a phenomenal job in Haiti, Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico, and in impoverished areas in the US too. Millions of people take Reliv products worldwide, to boost the immune system. It's given to severely underweight preemies through their feeding tubes, so it's safe at any age! Kids on Reliv's kids product hardly ever get sick, rarely have things like ear infections and asthma, and so on. I have many friends whose kids were a mess - like one with 60 (yes SIXTY) food allergies, who was allergy free in about 5 months. So you could contact me about this if you want and learn more, and I'm sure it would solve your child's problem. In the short run, he would get high quality soy with all the other nutrients he needs. Going forward, it will be a great adjunct to his regular diet and most likely lose his milk "allergy" in time - it's not an allergy anyway, it's just an inability to process because of a missing enzyme or other factor. Doctors use the term "allergy" because it's something patients understand.

Good luck and I'm happy to help you with more info.

After I posted this, I realized that you live in Hudson MA - I'm in Westboro just 2 towns away. If you'd like to chat by phone or meet for coffee, I'd love to help you!

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