Daughter Is Allergic to Milk and Eggs

Updated on July 07, 2010
J.K. asks from Des Plaines, IL
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My 16 month old daughter was "officially" diagnosed with an allergy to milk and eggs the other day. Even though I was pretty aure about the milk allergy, it was an overwhelming appointment! Now that my brain has settled down a bit I was wondering if any other moms out there have recipe/food ideas for little ones who have a very restricted diet!
the allergist gave me several websites to look at and names of books, so I will be heading to the library this weekend. Just wondered what other moms were doing out there! Thanks!

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Thank you so much everyone!!! So many great suggestions! I appreciate your time and advice! :-)

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answers from Chicago on

We have the egg allergy (and nuts) I have a great book called Baking without Eggs Don't know if it has milkless recipes also. I also use the EnerG egg replacer in a lot of regular recipes.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I have a couple of books that I really like. My son has the same allergies as your daughter, plus he is allergic to most nuts. We do 100% of avoidance of all of these ingredients. My favorite cookbooks:

What's To Eat: Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free Cooking
What Else is To Eat?
Food Allergy Mama's Cookbook (she also has a blog/site, I think it is foodallergymama.com)
And I just found a new chef on the TV show Cupcake Wars who does all Vegan cooking. Her site is http://www.chefchloe.com/ and she has a bunch of recipes on her blog

Send me a private message if you have any specific questions. I've been dealing with this for slightly over two years now, and it does get easier!

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answers from Chicago on

You have gotten some wonderful advice, I just wanted to add this:

Check the ingedient label at the store, AND get in the habit of checking before serving a food to her as well.

At our house I would use a Sharpie and write it was ok for my son. That way my family and babysitters knew what was safe for him.

My son also is allergic to milk and eggs. He does tolerate eggs baked into things, like meatloaf. That is something you would need to discuss with your doctor though.

My son also reacts from contact with milk, I kissed him after drinking coffee with cream and he got hives. He will now ask me if I try to kiss him if I drank coffee!

Feel free to message me with any questions.



answers from Chicago on

Just a quick tip. You can substitute banana in some mixes that call for egg. Obviously it has a different flavor, but if you can find a milk free pancake mix (and they are out there - Bob's Red Mill has a nice one) then you can use your own milk substitute and add banana instead of the egg - mushy banana obviously. These taste great, have a better nutritional outlook anyway and my kids love them. Good luck.

FAAN has been really helpful for me so be sure to go their website. I too have a daughter with allergies: wheat soy tree nuts.


answers from Detroit on

Hello Joanna ~ I know this all too well. 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. If you click on my user name you should be able to see my other responses to this very same question my other posts has a whole list of food items/recipes; just always be sure to read the ingredient label no matter how many times you purchase that item to make sure there are no changes in ingredients. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

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.



answers from Toledo on

To begin with, take a deep breath! It will be okay, I promise. At 9 months old, my daughter had an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts and had to be life flighted. I was very overwhelmed with the lifestyle change we had to make with regards to the foods we ate.

I do not know if your daughter is not anaphylactic to these two foods (usually they do not cause an anaphylactic reaction), but none-the-less, Total Avoidance is best. My allergist told me that through total avoidance my daughter would most likely outgrow her egg allergy within hopefully 3 years (just discovered the egg allergy when she was about 2 1/2). We do not keep eggs in the home or products with eggs or processed in a facility with eggs.

There is a powder egg substitue that can be found in most grocery stores (We buy ours at Krogers and it is called Ener G Egg Replacer). It does not, however, work with boxed mixes, such as cakes, muffins, brownies, etc. But I use it for pancakes, waffles, meatloaf, etc., anything I make from scratch.

I just suggest you read everything and never allow her to eat anything you have not personally prepared and/or seen the package it came in.

When looking for specific recipes, I just google things online. Although I do not know much about dairyless recipes, we have pretty much eliminated baked goods and mayo or any cream dressings/sauces which all contain eggs.

Little things to remember, your daughter will not be able to get the seasonal flu vaccine because it is made with eggs or color Easter eggs unless she is wearing latex/plastic/rubber gloves.

If you ever need to talk, send me a message. You will get through this, but it will take time to adjust. And if your home is anything like mine, I do the shopping and most of the caretaking so I was much more overwhelmed and initially burdened by the allergies when compared to my husband.

Hang in there. At least you are aware and can be proactive with your daughter's exposure to these foods!



answers from Chicago on

I was allergic to milk and eggs (and a whole host of other things) as a child--oddly enough, one of my immune system responses to getting pregnant was a reversal of my food allergies. Anyhoo, as a child, my mother replaced eggs in just about everything with EnerG Egg Replacer. She got it from Fruitful Yield, but that was before the days of health food stores being commonplace. It worked in cookies, cakes, everything--except it can't be used as straight-up eggs (like as an omelet or something--yuck). It also allowed me to enjoy eating raw cookie dough since there weren't any raw eggs. YUMMO. For milk, we enjoyed soy milk (until I was diagnosed with a soy allergy, too) and then we switched to almond milk and rice milk. Worked well in all recipes calling for milk. Or, we just skipped the milk and used water instead, since my mom also had a severe milk allergy.

Having an allergy to milk and eggs doesn't have to be overly restrictive. Just make sure you check the ingredients list of prepacked goods, or make whatever you want from scratch, subbing out for the milk and eggs.

Good luck!



answers from Champaign on

Check out "The Milk Free Kitchen" cookbook. It has hundreds of recipes. Good Luck! =]



answers from Chicago on

My 7 1/2 year old son has been allergic to milk, eggs and nuts since he was a baby. I work with a dietitian to write a food blog with recipes that are easy, tasty and free of the 8 top allergens. We have lots of free recipes, product reviews and suggestions. The address is www.welcomingkitchen.blogspot.com. Good luck! Once you get used to what you need to do, it's not nearly as intimidating as you might think.



answers from Chicago on

What about drinking soymilk (vanilla or chocolate) or ricemilk as a substitute. I know it will be hard change. You will have to read a lot of labels in the products you buy in the future. Good luck.



answers from Chicago on

Hi J.,

I am a long-time vegan, and I find we don't miss dairy and eggs in my house at all. I would recommend any cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and/or Terry Hope Romero. Our favorites are Veganomicon and Vegan Brunch. If you're just wanting to bake, they have one that's just cupcakes and one that's cookies, bars, brownies, etc.

There are lots of good non-dairy milks out there nowadays. They're all fortified with calcium and Vitamin D. Soy milk also has a decent amount of protein, but if you're worried about too much soy, try almond, rice, hemp, or coconut milk.

There are many things you can substitute for eggs in baking. In cakes and sweet breads, use one of the following to substitute for one egg:

1/4 c. applesauce (add an extra 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. baking powder)
1 T. ground flaxseeds + 3 T. water
1/4 c. mashed soft or silken tofu (add an extra 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. baking powder)
1/4 c. mashed banana (add an extra 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. baking powder)

If you are wondering how to cook specific things/substitute for them, message me individually -- I'm happy to help.

Whole Foods or your local health food store should have lots of vegan/allergen free foods.

Good luck!



answers from Kansas City on

I would check out vegan recipes. You can always add the meat and stuff if you find stuff you like.



answers from Birmingham on

You may want to check in to the organic milk. In some allergies its ok in some that have milk allergies itS NOT, Mostly the allergies come from the lactose. You may also want to try the lactose free milk such as SILK. As far as eggs go u may want to try the artificial eggs!! Those are FABULOUS! JUST ASK YOUR PEDITRICIAN ABOUT THESE.



answers from Chicago on

Hi J. -

My son is 26mos and has been allergic to milk and eggs since birth. I found a great cookbook at Barnes and Noble and you can also find soy and rice milk products at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. You can find some non dairy items at Jewel too. Here are a few easy things he eats:

-Van's waffles (dairy, egg, gluten free). They can be found at Jewel in the frozen section or at Whole Foods
-So Delicious Soy Yogurt. This is found at Whole Foods, but, other brands can be found at Jewel or Trader Joe's.
-Multigrain Cheerios or regular Cheerios
-and kind of fruit

-Any kind of meat, veggies, etc.

-Multigrain Wheat Thins
-Apple cinnamon oatmeal

-Any kind of meat, veggies, etc.

-Animal cookies

Surprisingly, when you look at labels, you will find there is more out there that kids with milk and egg allergies can eat.

Good luck!



answers from Spartanburg on

So far my kids (2 and 4) have no allergies, BUT thier dad had severe food allergies as a young child (eggs, dairy, wheat, corn) which restricted him to a diet of fresh and frozen vege and fruits, meats (from the butcher, not canned or lunchmeat), beans (dry or canned with only water and salt), and nothing from a box, bag, or container that had high fructose corn syrup (at the time pretty much everything in box, bag, or container) and honestly he is probably healthier for it even with crazy allergies. Fix oatmeal with soymilk for breakfast (my kids have always only had soy and they love it and their doc says it is more than okay), any dried or fresh friut for snacks and check out soy yogurt, I think it is high in sugar, but in would be a source of calcium, steamed carrots, peas (mine eat them frozen, they are not hard, they can gum them) sweet potatoes, broccili, califlower. Wheat breads and crackers are still okay and peanut butter. Fruit like cantalope, watermelon, berries, grapes, on and on, bananas. Actullay look at what she ate at 8-10 months and she can prob still eat them, just in a graduated portion. It is totally managable! Good Luck!

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