My son is allergic to milk...

@megs85 (3145)
Australia
October 27, 2006 11:20pm CST
hes five months old and we found out a few months ago he is allergic to cows milk and soy milk, anyone else had any experience with this?
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@Catmadam (95)
• United States
28 Oct 06
My son was also allergic to milk but we didn't find out until he was about 3 years old. It was much easier to deal with at that age than it would be with a baby, I'm sure. What about Rice milk? Is that a possible replacement or Goats milk maybe?
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
28 Oct 06
thanks for the suggestion, hes actually on a hydrolised formula called pepti junior and he seems to be doing well on it... i think he might be allergic to rice cause he had a reaction when i tried him on baby rice :( Has your son outgrown his allergy? Do you find it difficult with other kids and recipes and so on?
• United States
28 Oct 06
YES...my youngest was allergic to both...and he was on special formula called neocate...it is really expensive..and takes more to make bottles...and you get less in the can...if you have a local WIC program...they will help you..but it is the best formula...it tastes REALLY nasty...and is hard to get them to take it at first...but better for them...and they get all the vitamins...nutrients...and everything..they need...I know the number is 1-800-NEOCATE...had to call it everytime to order it...I think the website...is www.neocate.com...it will help explain alot...and tell you everything you need...to know...about the formula...good luck...
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
28 Oct 06
thanks for the fantastic response, has your child outgrown it? kai, my son, is on pepti junior, it tastes worse then neocate but isnt as processed so they tried that first.. luckily he didnt reject it, it is sooo expensive, like $120 without a prescription, or $30 with one... and they are teeny tiny cans. thanks for your help... :D its nice to know im not alone, im a first time young mum and i had never heard of it before...
• United States
28 Oct 06
Not yet from what they know...due to circumstances right now...they can not check his allergy...as of 12months...he had not out-grown it...I was told some out grow it by 1...and others between 2 and 3...it is really tough...he couldn't have cake for his 1st b-day in April...so we had strawberry pie...he was thrilled...really watch the baby foods when you get into the stage 2...with combinations...alot of them have hidden milk...soy or cows...you can contact your local WIC office...or even your dr should be able to tell you or give you a list of certain words...that are used...and are considered hidden milk...
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
28 Oct 06
yeah thanks for the advice and warning, weve just started to give him food and so far so good, we're taking it slow and i'm making it all myself to ensure theres no trace of milk or soy protein...
• United States
28 Oct 06
Wow. That sucks. He may outgrow it from what I've read though. Rice milk? So what are you using instead?
• United States
28 Oct 06
Never mind, I see now what you answered. I hope he does well with it and does outgrow it. Good luck to you!
@Meljep (1668)
• United States
28 Oct 06
Is this allergy to formula or cow's milk? I've heard you shouldn't give a child under 1 1/2 yrs cow's milk because they can't digest the milk protein.
• United States
31 Oct 06
my son was allergic to soy and cow we put him on nutramigien the hypoallergenic formula hes 14 months and is now tolerating cows milk
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
31 Oct 06
good to know, we are hoping for the same sort of result for kai... :D fingers crossed
• United States
31 Oct 06
it will be fine some babies tummy take a little longer both of my kids we on nutramigein the only down side is the formula is expensive
• United States
28 Oct 06
Here is website that should help you NotMilk.com http://www.notmilk.com I am vegan myself and choose to not drink milk After realizing the effects of milk I am grateful. I am also disgusted by the horrible treatment of animals in modern factory facilities thetimeisnow
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
28 Oct 06
thanks for the link :D
@alena824 (376)
• Philippines
31 Oct 06
I once read a woman who was promoting natural products who said she gave her kids seaweeds, I think. I'm not sure because it's been quite some time. She was of the opinion that milk, other than hers, was not good for babies because we are humans and not animals. She was very happy with the result of her decision, although I'm not sure where she based this on. I hope you son will not have to suffer because of this condition. I think there's something very logical about using natural products -- the less additives and all, the better and easier for the body to process. His condition may also be a result of what you had been taking prior to your pregnancy and even during. So please be careful yourself.
• Canada
2 Nov 06
I'm 42 and so am I. When I was a baby my mom was told she was just fussing and to put me on whole cow's milk because I wasn't putting on weight. You can imagine the result. I'm fine now but I take calcium with vitamin D daily.
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
2 Nov 06
Thanks for responding, I dont think much research was done on the condition until the last few years...
• India
31 Oct 06
it is better u feed ur own milk at this age and side by side try some other milk,with time he will develope a habit to digest it
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
31 Oct 06
what do you mean by my own milk?
@mavisbike (1528)
• United States
28 Oct 06
wow I fell bad for that kid
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
28 Oct 06
thanks for the concern, so you havent heard of it eiother before this obviously???
• United States
28 Oct 06
No one in my family has that kind of problem.
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
28 Oct 06
thanks for that really fascinating detailed response
@Gwenshin (171)
• United States
28 Oct 06
You MUST get him to a doctor and let ask the doctor what to do. You can also play it safe, and try to get your milk going again. For gods sake! Be careful! My neighbor's daughter became mentally slow from being given soy-formula as an infant. The kid is 25 now, but still mentally slow. Her mom sued the company that made the formula when the girl was about 3, but that will never make up for the fact that this now young woman will have to spend her life in group homes, or recievng SSI forever. (When she should be going to college, dating hot guys, driving, going to clubs, ect), will never be part of this young lady's life! Due to that damm soy-formula 25 years ago! Please, you don't want that guilt on you forever. Talk to your doctor, try to get your milk going again. I know it's inconveinent, but only a little while is all you need.
@jek1862 (40)
• United States
28 Oct 06
Your son is probably what is known as "lactose intolerant". Millions of people are. Just look at all the products now on the shelves to deal with this conditions such as Lactase and lactose free milk products. The reason: the human body does not have the enzyme necessary to break down the elements contained in cow's milk. Makes sense though doesn't it...we aren't cows! We really never were intended to drink cow's milk. It is just ingrained into our culture, I think, why so many people drink milk and then suffer from it.
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
28 Oct 06
thanks for the info, he is lactose intolerant but it goes a little further than that, his body cannot process the protein strains at all which is why he has to have the formula where the proteon strands are all broken down...
• Canada
28 Oct 06
Have you try Rice milk, or goat milk. my son was allergic to soy and cow milk. M mother in law suggested rice milk and goat milk and it work. But to be sure try to have you kid tested for allergy before you try it. My son is now 21 and he's a strong young man...and he still love is rice milk and goat milk
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
28 Oct 06
thanks for the advice, he'll be allergy tested again when he turns one...
@ssh123 (31104)
• India
28 Oct 06
My son is 13 and for the last 3 years he has not been drinking milk. Earlier also, with great persuation he used to drink milk. Doctors said, if he doesnot like, do not force upon him. There are other children in my relatives family, they too do not drink milk. What they do is to mix COMPLAN, BOOST, HORLICKS, OVALTINE and make the milk watery and give to them as energy drink. Now those children are drinking milk indirectly.
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
28 Oct 06
Thanks for sharing, i cant give it to him directly or indirectly because it makes him extremely ill. he only put on minimal amounts of weight, then started to lose weight until we worked out the problem...
@Cindyh2k (308)
• United States
28 Oct 06
My brother was allergic to milk - but, he outgrew it at around 6 years old. We had to plan special things for his birthday because he could not eat cake and ice cream. Does you son have other allergies - or is it just milk?
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
28 Oct 06
we think he might also be allergic to rice, we have just started him on food but we are taking it slowly, weve tried pear and pumpkin and he seems to enjoy those, and next up is carrot, then apple :D
• Indonesia
31 Oct 06
my lovely son - son
my son doesnt like milk. i dont know why?
@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
31 Oct 06
Yeah, my mom is allergic to all kinds of milk. When she get a little constepated, all she has to do is take a little sip of milk and it works within 20 minutes!
@Stephy87 (118)
• Canada
31 Oct 06
yea when i was a baby my mom found out i was allergic to milk too, it whent away for the longest time but when i was 13 or 14 i cant remember my allergy came back. it sucks but thats life i now drink lactose milk, it seems to work
@happygal68 (3278)
• United States
28 Oct 06
I was allergic to it when I was little ~ thank god I grew out of it. My mom used to give me the powdered milk ~ that stuff was nasty. Have you tried the powdered milk? ~Remember to give out +'s when it's deserved & select best responses. It helps us all out ;-]