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How do I know if my baby has a dairy allergy?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:26 PM on Jun. 20, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • im lactose intolerant, how does your baby act after eating dairy and how long after eating the dairy does your baby react? i have been lactose intolerant all my life but we didn't realize it until i was about 9 and has gotten worse over the years i'll help as best i can if you have any questions

    Answer by lillymom828 at 3:30 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • Both of mine had to drink soy based formula. They would throw up after drinking milk based ones. Dd was switched at the age of 2 weeks and ds was 1 day old. It was a huge difference once they switched. My dd can drink milk now without any problems, but ds still not too sure. When he was 1 and taken off formula, we tried milk. He was constantly cranky, had bad reflux, still spit up and bowel movements were not normal. He was switched to soy milk and did great then. He is 2 1/2 now, and still drinks soy milk. He does have a bit of milk, cheese, ice cream, etc some, without much trouble.

    Answer by AngieBry at 3:40 PM on Jun. 20, 2011


    How to Tell if an Infant Has a Milk Allergy

    1 - Has your infant experienced changes in her bowel movements? An infant who has a milk allergy might have bloody diarrhea. Diarrhea is a loose, watery stool that generally occurs more than three times per day.

    2- Is your infant experiencing skin changes? Children with a milk allergy often experience rashes, hives and swelling. An allergy rash usually consists of little, itchy, red bumps, while hives consist of pale red and swollen areas.

    3- Has your infant's eating habits changed? Refusal of food, gagging and vomiting are signs of a milk allergy.

    4 - Is your infant wheezing or having difficulty breathing? Wheezing is a high-pitched, whistling noise caused by constricted airways. Your infant might cough as a result of breathing difficulties.


    Answer by anninflorida at 4:10 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • 5 - Have you noticed a change in your infant's temperament? An infant with a milk allergy might become irritable or colicky. Colicky infants might scream a lot and be difficult to console. Bouts of colic usually occur during late afternoon and evening but are known to happen throughout the day. Your infant also might appear to be in pain when they really aren't. They might pull up their legs to their stomach and pass gas.


    Answer by anninflorida at 4:13 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • 6 - Does your infant exhibit signs of anaphylaxis? A severe allergic reaction to milk can cause anaphylaxis. The symptoms of anaphylaxis include several of the above symptoms. But the symptoms also include accelerated heartbeat, tightness of the throat, a hoarse voice that results in difficulty speaking, stuffy nose and coughing. It's important to note not all infants with a milk allergy will exhibit signs of anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is related more to food allergies, bug bites and stings and medical vaccinations but has been known to occur in infants with a milk allergy.

    Read more: How to Tell if an Infant Has a Milk Allergy |

    Answer by anninflorida at 4:14 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • Mine had a rash on his face and for lack of a better word inflated after every meal breast or bottle and after awhile started pooping bloody mucus and vomiting after every feeding.
    You'll know if they are allergic and don't listen if they try to call it colic and baby acne.

    Answer by lizziebreath at 11:05 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

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