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Is it true that you should not give milk or dairy products to your child when they are congested?

DD is miserable from allergies and very congested this morning. MIL said I should not give her milk or dairy products because it will make it worse.


Asked by texasgurl33 at 11:04 AM on Jun. 1, 2012 in Kids' Health

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  • It actually doesn't make more mucus, it just makes the mucus thicker. I have allergies and when they are acting up, I tend to stay away from milk.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:52 PM on Jun. 4, 2012

  • it will make her slimier/snottier. i avoid dairy for my kids and myself when allergies and colds are affecting us.

    Answer by annanonnymommy at 11:12 AM on Jun. 1, 2012

  • Yes, that's what my pediatrician told me. It creates more mucous.

    Answer by ohwrite at 11:17 AM on Jun. 1, 2012

  • switch to almond milk
    or rice
    (heard soy not the best sub.)

    Answer by fiatpax at 11:19 AM on Jun. 1, 2012

  • I've heard this too. Can't remember if a doctor told me or just heard it through others.

    Answer by Cindy18 at 11:30 AM on Jun. 1, 2012

  • It can create more mucus and make it harder to swallow. They can have it-it might end up being a bit gagging though.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 11:35 AM on Jun. 1, 2012

  • side note
    daughter years back when she was 2.5
    always seemed to have a runny nose
    she got flu
    took out cows milk for a few days
    her speech improved AND her nose stopped running
    i had always blamed in daycare germs

    after flu gone, i stayed on almond milk- no cows milk
    she no longer had the running clear nose drip

    Answer by fiatpax at 11:37 AM on Jun. 1, 2012

  • ps
    almond milk has more good stuff in it than cows milk
    read labels


    Answer by fiatpax at 11:38 AM on Jun. 1, 2012

  • It doens't actually create "more" mucous, but makes it thicker. I got this info from my allergist. He suggests staying away from almost all dairy when congested so that you can get it out easier.

    Never done almond milk though. We have tried silk and my DD didn't like it. She won't touch anything less than whole milk. Very strange, so I won't be changing that anytime soon for her.

    Answer by coala at 2:05 PM on Jun. 1, 2012

  • almond milk tastes a lot different than cows milk. i would have no clue about the organic or 1% thing, as i only have 2 choices to buy, and my choices are sweetened, original, unsweetened, vanilla, or chocolate. i buy unsweetened and love it, but my kids are not fans.

    Answer by annanonnymommy at 3:19 PM on Jun. 1, 2012