Lactose Intolerance Vs. Milk Allergy in 12Month Old

Updated on February 27, 2012
A.B. asks from Madison, WI
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My son just turned 1 and we started him on whole milk a couple of days ago. Since doing so, he has had multiple poopy diapers, some of them very runny and very gassy and acting uncomfortable. I'm have suspected for awhile that he has a milk allergy dating back to when he was 1 month old. When I nursed him I completely cut dairy out of my diet bc he was very fussy. After doing so, he was the happiest baby ever. WHen I stopped nursing we gave him soy formula until just couple days ago. I've given him some dairy products occasionally since eating table food. We had one other episode of these runny diapers when he had had more diary products in a given week. The only other symptom he has displayed is some mild dry skin/eczema (which has some somewhat chronic to mild degree). I'm just curious if runny diapers is just his body adjusting to the dairy or if it possible lactose intolerance or more likely a milk allergy. I'm going to email my doctor now, but always like to hear from other moms too!

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answers from Minneapolis on

We had the same problem they said that he was intolerant. So we put him on lactaid whole milk. At 15 months we switched back to regular whole milk and he wad just fine. Doctor said they usually completely grow out of it by 2 years old.

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answers from Albuquerque on

It is probably either milk protein allergy or milk protein intolerance. Those are fairly common in infants/small children, but 90% outgrow it by age 3. Lactose intolerance is very very rare in small children and grows as people age. The symptoms you noted are the symptoms of either milk protein allergy/intolerance (they're kind of the same thing and are treated the same - stop uncooked dairy).They could also be the symptoms of lactose intolerance... but that would have to be a lot of diary your child has consumed, because the symptoms are much less severe than a protein intolerance/allergy.

Were I you, I'd cut out uncooked dairy for a few months and then introduce yogurt, cheese, and milk in that order. You can probably still do dairy (casein, whey) in cooked products like bread and sauces, but if the symptoms don't go away, you might want to try eliminating those too. Good luck!

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answers from Chicago on

Could be either. Only a test can conclude. My daughter was diagnosed w milk allergy at 14 mos. Her only symptom was eczema (pretty severe eczema). Confirmed by test- just had her retested at 4.5 yo and she has outgrown the milk allergy but unfortunately her peanut one is lifelong and she developed a tree nut one now too- good luck! I would say more likely milk protein allergy bc if you were nursing and it was just the lactose, your body would have broken down the lactose before it crossed the placenta I believe...milk protein, not so much...



answers from Dallas on

Sounds more like an intolerance rather than allergy. Wouldn't an allergy result in a rash, or breathing problems? My oldest and I are both lactose intolerant. My youngest was sensitive to dairy, but finally at about 2 1/2 yrs he was able to handle regular milk and other dairy products. The only way to confirm is to completely cut dairy out of his diet and see if there are any more episodes. My son hated soy milk, so we went with goat milk, which didn't seem to bother him. Yogurt was always the worst for him though.



answers from Portland on

Sounds like he's lactose intolerant or has a milk protein allergy. The only way to know which is with a test. My granddaughter had a milk protein allergy, diagnosed by a pediatric allergist, and also eczema. The doctor said the milk protein allergy did affect her eczema break outs.



answers from Portland on

Milk allergies/sensitivies can also cause ezema. My niece had it really bad and if she ate dairy or peanut butter it would break out really badly. I would say that you should stay with the soy if you can, or switch to goat. I had to do this with both of my little ones. Well, my daughter outgrew it about 13 months, and my son is only 10 months, so I don't know yet when he will outgrow it, but I couldnt' eat dairy when I was pregnant because they were so sensitive to it. But, I can do cooked things like bread and cream or butter sauces, but no cheese, yogurt, or milk. Talk to the doc, but I'm guessing dairy is out for a while.



answers from Indianapolis on

Only an allergy test will be able to confirm an allergy or not. With that said, eczema is a big sign of food allergies of some kind. Didn't know this until my mom starting having it really bad and she happen to go to an allergiest, actually for other reasons and he told her that eczema was a big food allergy thing.

Try almond milk, I get vanilla flavored and I love it.


answers from Detroit on

Hi ~ It does sound like he has an intolerance. You can ask your pediatrician to do a stool test & that will give you an answer as to wheter or not it's a protein intolerance. Since he has been drinking soy formula you could try doing part soy milk & part whole milk gradually decrease the soy. Do you give him organic whole milk? If not I would try organic whole milk it was much easier on my daughter after doing a milk introduction (30 day process). My daughter at 7 months old was diagnosed w/a dairy & dairy derivative allergy after having an anaphylactic reaction at 6 1/2 months old (we had no idea she was allergic it was very scary) she is now 7 yrs old & outgrew her allergy about 6 months ago. Eczema & allergies do tend to go hand in hand. Allergies can develop at any time it's not uncommon these days.

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