Is crying all day a sign of a milk allergy?

My DS has been so irritable lately and he is usually happy go lucky. He cried most of the day today and there wasnt anything that was obviously wrong w him. Dr said that his gums were swollen at his appointment on feb 17th and that he is prob getting his molars but I really dont feel that is causing this reaction. I am starting to think that its the whole milk.

Tell me what you think. He would cry a lot when he was newborn and it turned out he had silent reflux. I put him on alimentum and I had a new baby in days-the dr just told me to put him on it but never offered up the idea that he might have a milk allergy or be lactose intolerate. I tried to switch him to soy formula at 6 months and he vomited a few times so I stopped. Tried regular formula at about 10 months but he became fussy so I gave up on that too. Then about 2 weeks before his 1st bday (2/13) I started giving him toddler formula and he seemed to tolerate o


Asked by jortiz1978 at 10:19 PM on Feb. 28, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • my son has a milk allergy, crankiness wasnt a symptom. But my son had skin reactions not digestive reactions. If its a milk allergy lactose free milk wont help. Milk allergies are allergies to the protein in milk, not the sugar (lactose). You can switch to soy or rice milk for a while. If that doesnt help its probably not allergy. You can also try lactose free milk, if that helps its probably lactose intollerance. I would recommend going back to the dr. and asking for a RAST test. It's a basic food allergy pannel that will test for several things including a milk allergy. Allergies arent something to be taken lightly and if he is allergic you need to know what other foods to avoid. Unfortunately it isnt as simple as "dont drink milk".

    Answer by Chandra034 at 11:27 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

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  • ok-he was a bit fussy but not too much. Of course the ped said get him off of that and on whole milk so here we are almost two weeks later and my DS is miserable.

    What do you think-teething or an issue w the milk? As I write this I feel that I have my answer. What have you moms w LO w milk issues done? My son's ped stinks if you couldnt tell and we are switching but I need help now-I know DS will be up tonight seemingly in pain. Please help-sorry so long!


    Answer by jortiz1978 at 10:20 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

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  • buy lactose free milk and see if it helps. (not soy milk either, just the regular lactose free whole milk)

    my son's symptoms of lactose intolerance did not include crankyness, the main one was extrememly lose stools, almost liquid.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:47 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

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  • I agree with Chandra. If you suspect an allergy or intolerance the first step is to have your son tested before you start experimenting with alternatives on your own. Find a pediatric allergist or an allergist that has experience with kids and food allergies.

    While crankiness in and of itself isn't necessarily an allergic indicator, he *could* be cranky because of how the potential allergen is making him fell. My DD has food allergies and her predominant reaction is gastro-related. She tends to vomit almost immediately but the 'queasy' stomach feeling will linger and as we know, that's NOT a pleasant way to feel. :) It can make even the happiest person cranky. ;)

    If he *is* truely allergic to milk, there becomes a host of things to avoid or be aware of when feeding your son. Step one, however, is confirming he does or does not have an allergy.

    Answer by ldmrmom at 7:10 AM on Mar. 1, 2009

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  • It could be a milk allergy, AR/GERD, lactose intolerance, or that he was just having an off day.
    How quickly did you make the switch from formula to milk? How does he do with other dairy products?

    I would definitely consult with your pediatrician and request referrals to see both a pediatric gastrointerologist and allergist.

    Both of my boys had AR/GERD/possible allergies. Our GI doc put them on alimentum and AR/GERD meds. At a year they were both of the meds for AR/GERD but one definitely has the milk allergy so we switched from formula to soy milk. We were told to swap out one oz formula for one oz soy milk every other day. Once we got to half milk, half formula all their bottles were that way.

    Good luck!

    Answer by twinclubmom at 2:35 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

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