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11-05-2008, 08:47 AM
My daughter was diagnosed with a milk protein allergy when she was 4 months old after throwing up blood several times (she never seemed to be in pain or any type of discomfort tho). After switching her formula to Enfamil Nutramigen she has been just fine (she is 17 months now). Once I tried to give her whole milk at her doctors suggestion and it didnt seem to go over very well, but she can eat food (even cheese) with milk in it without any problems. In august I had my second child, and he is currently on regular Enfamil formula and seems to be doing just fine. I just wanted to know if anyone has had a child with this problem and if their child grew out of it? And if you had another child did they have the same problem?
11-05-2008, 02:31 PM
My DD also had a milk protein allergy and had to be on nutramigen starting at 6 weeks. I moved her to whole milk (slowly, over the course of a month) at 11 mo. She was able to handle cheese and other dairy products at that time so the ped said to move her over. She needed the fat and other vitamins in the whole milk. Did you give her straight milk or did you attempt to slowly move her over by mixing it with formula first?
11-05-2008, 02:35 PM
I out about 2oz of whole milk into 4 oz of formula, and she spent the rest of the night throwing up. But she was a little sick, like with a cold or the flu, at the time so that may have had something to do with the vommiting, im she was miserable for the nite so im hesitant to try it again...
11-05-2008, 02:43 PM
If she was sick I would give it a week before trying to add some milk again. The milk could sour in her stomach and cause more vomitting. Every time my son is that sick I give it at lest 2 full days after the vomitting stops and the fever is gone before I allow him milk.
11-05-2008, 03:03 PM
I also hold off on milk when my little one is sick. I would try again if she is feeling healthy. At 17mo, she really needs to be on whole milk and not formula. If she can handle cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products she should be able to handle being moved to milk.
11-06-2008, 11:22 AM
Thanks for the advice...I think im gonna try to give it to her again this weekend. We'll see how it goes!!
My son also had a milk protein allergy. He was diagnosed at 3 weeks, and used Similac Alimentum from then until 12 months. At 6 months we took him to a pediatric allergist to have him tested for other allergies. (He was positive for milk, eggs, chicken, bananas and walnuts, but negative for soy.) At a year, we very slowly switched him to soy milk (the full fat, not light). At 18 months we had him re-tested for all his allergies, and he had out-grown all of them but the walnut allergy! So, we gradually switched him from soy to cow's milk at that time. My understanding is that most kids do outgrow their milk/egg allergies.
I think re-trying the cow's milk is a good idea, but if she reacts to it you might try soy milk.
11-06-2008, 01:53 PM
I actually just got info from DDs Pediatric GI doc and were gonna do a blood test before we try it again, just to be on the safe side since it was so severe when she was younger. Thanks so much for all your advice!
11-16-2008, 11:09 AM
I have twins and they are both milk protein intolerant. We had to put them on Pregestimel Lipil per the ped gastrointologist. This is not actually an allergy. What it means is they can't break down large proteins found in milk, soy, nuts and eggs. They don't have the enzmes needed in their little systems to do this yet. The formula that they are on have the proteins already broken down. The gastro dr said they usually outgrow it by 12 months. That is when he is going to try to introduce cows milk to them and see how they react. If they are given the above four foods too soon it will cause them to become sick and vomit and have intestinal cramping.
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