Cow's milk allergy is said to occur in 2 - 8% of infants. About 5 -15% of infants have a reaction to the cow's milk protein, but not all of these are allergic reactions. For example, lactose intolerance is not an allergy as such, but children do have a reaction to cow's milk. Read more about lactose intolerance. Allergic reactions to cow's milk may be: immediate - within minutes up to 1 hour after having cow's milk.
Symptoms include hives, eczema, facial swelling, wheeze, vomiting, diarrhea. Severe reactions include anaphylaxis - read more. These are IgE mediated reactions - read more delayed - these can occur several hours or even days after having the milk. Symptoms include eczema, vomiting, diarrhea or asthma. Babies may even fail to thrive. These are non IgE mediated reactions so are caused by other immune substances but not IgE.
Examples include: Cow's milk protein intolerance - sometimes you will see blood in the stool. Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) - this is the most severe form of non-IgE mediated allergy and causes vomiting 1-3 hours after ingesting milk (or whatever other protein may be involved) and diarrhea about 5-8 hours after ingestion. This can lead to severe dehydration and shock. Babies look pale and lethargic This page answers the following questions: Ads How is Cow's Milk Allergy diagnosed? The first thing is a good story (history) of a reaction after having cow's milk.
If your infant has had an immediate reaction, then skin prick tests, or blood tests (such as CAP, EAST, RAST) will usually be helpful. These tests detect IgE mediated allergies. In other cases, milk and dairy products may need to be eliminated from the diet in a trial of treatment. If the symptoms resolve and then return when milk is reintroduced into the diet, this is diagnostic for allergy - called Elimination/Reintroduction.
If your child has had a severe reaction to milk products, then reintroduction should be done under medical supervision. Some centers offer patch testing, which may be useful in detecting non IgE mediated allergies. Back to list Advertisement What is the treatment of cow's milk allergy? Cow's milk will need to be excluded from your baby's diet. This can be difficult and you may need the help of a dietician.
As cow's milk is in all dairy products, cow's milk allergy is sometimes called dairy allergy. Some breast-fed babies will get symptoms if their mother has cow's milk (dairy) products in her diet. In these cases, the mother will need to exclude dairy products from her diet. Foods to be avoided in cow's milk allergy include: any food with cow's milk or goat's milk cheese butter ghee milk powder cream fraiche, sour cream, cottage cream whey casein margarine custard lactalbumin, lactulose, lactoglobulin any foods containing any of the above list Back to list What milk alternative should I feed my infant with cow's milk allergy? If you can continue breast feeding, that will be best for your baby.
If not, alternatives to cow's milk include: soy protein formula - about half children who are allergic to cow's milk will also be allergic to soy. Soy formula is not recommended for infants under 6 months but can be tried first as an alternative milk in infants over 6 months of age, but do not be surprised if your infant shows an allergic reaction extensively hydrolysed formula (EHF) - this is milk that has been treated to break down most of the enzymes that cause allergic symptoms.
These are the first choice alternative for infants under 6 months with cow's milk allergy. Examples of EHF include PeptiJunior and Alfare. Partially hydrolysed formula (PHF) are not suitable for cow's milk allergic infants amino acid based formula - AAF - this is milk that is completely broken down eliminating the protein that causes allergy. It will be necessary in about 10% of cow's milk allergic children.
Examples of an amino acid based formula include Neocate and Elecare.AAF should be used in children who do not tolerate EHF (after a 2-4 week trial) or as a first choice in infants with an anaphylactic reaction Back to list Advertisement Should I give my baby goat's milk for cow's milk allergy? No. Goat's milk and cow's milk share similar proteins so children who are allergic to one will be allergic to the other.
Goat's milk, sheep's milk, and rice milk are not suitable alternatives in cow's milk allergic children. Sometimes a baby will seem to prefer a goat's milk formula to a cow's milk formula. This is not due to a milk allergy. It's merely a preference. Back to list Can I give my child yoghurt, cheese or cookies? Some cow's milk allergic children will tolerate yoghurt or cheese and have no problem at all with cookies with milk as an ingredient.
This is because heating changes the shape of the protein and this can make it less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Once your child has been symptom free for at least six months, you could try a small piece of cookie (that has milk as an ingredient) - if your child tolerates it, then you can give cookies freely. You could then try yoghurt or cheese as the same may apply. Some children will show a reaction to cookies, yoghurt and cheese and you will just have to keep these out of the diet for a bit longer - you could try again in about 6 months.
Remember leave about 2 weeks between trying a new food. Back to list Advertisement Should I stop breast-feeding my cow's milk allergic baby? This is not necessary in most cases so keep breast feeding your baby as breast milk is best. Cow's milk allergy is less likely in breast fed infants. If your baby has symptoms of cow's milk protein allergy, then you should exclude dairy products and eggs from your diet - you need to continue this for at least 2 weeks, but probably for 4 weeks, to see if there is an improvement.
If there is improvement, one food per week can be introduced into your diet until you know what food is causing your baby's problems and then you can just avoid that food. If you need to continue to eliminate milk from your diet, you may need a calcium supplement. If and when you do wean your baby, you should use an extensively hydrolysed formula (or soy if your baby is over 6 months of age but as mentioned above about 50% of babies allergic to milk will be allergic to soy).
Back to list Will my child grow out of her allergy? Most children grow out of their cow's milk allergy by age 3 years. Once your child is over 12 months old and has been without dairy products in the diet for at least 6 months, you could try introducing some dairy products into the diet - you might want to start with yoghurt or cheese as these are sometimes tolerated better than actual milk. If your child had a severe reaction to the milk in the first place, like anaphylaxis, then you should have the milk challenge under medical supervision - do not try re-introducing milk at home.
Some children grow out of the dairy allergy but develop other allergic diseases, like asthma as they grow older. Back to list Does dairy allergy cause mucus? Symptoms that relate to the respiratory system, such as runny nose and mucus, usually are a result of what we breath not what we eat. Any symptoms of mucus after ingesting milk are not dangerous and in infants are more likely to be the result of a respiratory tract infection rather than an allergy.
Back to list Is eczema caused by milk allergy? In most cases of eczema, there will not be any allergy. However, in some infants, particularly young babies with severe eczema, allergy may be a factor. In these cases, skin prick tests may be positive and even if they are not, it may be worthwhile trying an elimination diet (no dairy, including cow's milk) for 4 weeks to see if there is improvement. If no improvement occurs, cow's milk is unlikely to be contributing to the eczema.
This type of elimination diet is best supervised by your doctor or a dietician. Back to list Should I delay introduction of milk and dairy to prevent eczema or asthma? No, there is no evidence that delaying the introduction of milk or other dairy products will make any difference to whether your child develops eczema or asthma or allergy. Unless your child has shown a clear allergic reaction to milk and dairy, there is no advantage in delaying introduction of it, so give it at the usual time.
This is even when there is a history of allergy, eczema or asthma in your family. There is also no evidence that giving a hydrolysed formula to your baby when there is a family history of allergy will prevent your baby getting allergy, therefore we do not advise this. Back to list What is lactose intolerance? Lactose intolerance occurs because the body lacks an enzyme, lactase, that is necessary to digest the milk sugar, lactose.
People with lactose intolerance will get diarrhea, vomiting and tummy pains - these symptoms are similar to cow's milk allergy, but do not involve the skin. Although the symptoms are a nuisance, lactose intolerance is not dangerous. If you have lactose intolerance, you can usually manage to eat small amounts of cow's milk. Other dairy products, such as yoghurt and cheese, are usually well tolerated because they have easier to digest milk sugars.
The diagnosis is made on a stool test which shows sugars (reducing substances) in the stool or a breath hydrogen test. Treatment is reducing or avoiding products containing lactose (milk sugar) - so reducing or avoiding dairy products. Infants require a lactose-free formula. Back to list References American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The Allergy Report Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Tromp II; Kiefte-de Jong JC; Lebon A; Renders CM; Jaddoe VW; Hofman A; de Jongste JC; Moll HA.
The introduction of allergenic foods and the development of reported wheezing and eczema in childhood: the Generation R study.Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011; 165(10):933-8 (ISSN: 1538-3628) Vanderplas et al. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of cow's milk protein allergy in infants. Arch Dis Child. 2007; 92:902-908 Rance F. Food allergy in children suffering from atopic eczema. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2008;19:279-284 Ads To go to the top of the milk allergy page, click here To go to the food allergy page, click here To go to the main allergy page, click here To return to the Home page, click here Last reviewed 18 March 2016See Also: Parts Of Meat On A Cow
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Is There Any Healthy Alternative To Baby Formula? Dear Friends, Over the years, countless studies have shown that when it comes to infant nutrition, breast milk is best. This fact remains true, as there is simply no infant formula product on the market that can match the superior nutrition of mother's milk. In fact, some infant formulas actually contain ingredients that can be harmful to your baby.
In many hospitals across the country, new mothers are given complimentary gift baskets during their stay that often contains free samples of infant formula, supplied by the formula companies. This is a practice health authorities see as a clever marketing trick since it implies that the hospital's healthcare providers, in giving new mothers this "gift", endorse the use of formula. Infants are designed to drink their mother's milk.
They are not meant to have cow's milk. Only breast milk contains the nutrients a healthy baby needs, including 160 fatty acids that are not found in baby formula. Some breastfeeding advocates may criticized me, claiming that by providing a more healthy alternative to commercial formulas, I'm discouraging breastfeeding. Make no mistake: the best food for baby is breastmilk from a healthymother.
However, many situations call out for a good substitute: adopted and orphaned babies, babies born to mothers with serious health problems, and babies whose mothers do not have enough milk (a situation that does happen occasionally) deserve to receive something better than commercial formula. Have you ever looked at the ingredients label on a container of baby formula? Oftentimes, there are things in there that we, as adults, shouldn't even be eating -- hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and cow's milk, just to name a few.
These are ingredients that promote chronic disease, and yet we are feeding them to our babies, who have no say in the matter. Of particular concern in formula is the ingredient manganese, a neurotoxic chemical found in much higher concentrations in baby formula, particularly soy-based formulas. Elevated manganese levels have been linked to behavioral problems, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) later in life.
Babies are not able to absorb and excrete excess manganese during the first year of life, according to the EWG. If you have read my birth story, you know I could not breastfeed my son for the first two weeks after birth. I supplement with homemade rice milk, and goat milk. These are very healthy choices, babies loves it and is very easy to make. You can supplement your baby with these milks as an alternative, to formula.
While you work on increasing your milk supply or for those that are not able to breastfeed their babies full time. As I had shared with you before through my writings, the father of my son is an professional chef that specializes in health foods, having deep knowledge about nutrition and preventive health care. When we faced the dilemma of me, been unable to breastfeed our son, right after birth he decided to come up with an alternative solution.
He decided to make his own home made "milk formula" to give to our son, while I was recovering. I’m very opposed to formula, but he is even more opposed to feeding children cow’s milk. And we all know that formula is nothing but cow’s milk powder with additional ingredients added to the mix. Soy formulas can be even worst to babies’ health and I will not recommend to be given to babies. Please read the ingredients in the formula’s labels, high corn syrup, corn syrup, hydrogenated oils as palm, corn, soy oil, modified corn starch, and “others” many additions to this mix, that are not healthy ingredients that babies needs.
I personally believe that formula is a very unhealthy choice to give to our babies. Not trying to be judgmental here with my opinion, just expressing my sincere opinion, and been honest with you. I am pretty much against formula feeding and the companies that market it. Many of you have the same concerns about formula and many of you gave it to your babies NOT because you want to but because "the doctor" ordered or you don't know what else to do.
I receive countless of emails and phone calls from mothers in distress because they find themselves in a situation that requires to supplement the baby, while you try to increase your milk supply. I always share with all of these concerned mothers my story and what I did. You asked me if I could write an article about his subject and share my knowledge with you. This article is dedicated to all of those beautiful Moms that needs to supplement their babies with "milk formulas" while working on increasing their milk supply.
If you want to supplement your baby with something extra, use goat's milk as an alternative. So far, none of my clients’ babies has had any negative reaction. More of the opposite, they tell me their babies loves it. Many mothers had used these “milk formulas” with their babies with excellent results. An excellent option is goat’s milk, since it is the most similar to human milk, Goat's milk has been proven in the past to be the closest to breastmilk as a supplement despite what some may say to it's shortcomings.
Goat milk is low in iron, folate, and vitamins C and D. Breastmilk is also low in Iron, and Vitamins C and D. Should we tell women not to breastfeed? Goat's milk also does not contain many of the allergens found in cow's milk, that can be harmful to babies. In my personal and professional experience, I have found many mothers that had used goat's milk with their children, as a supplement to breastfeeding.
They all have become very healthy adults and were not deficient in anything because of it. They actually did better because they could not tolerate cow's milk. Now consider to use these formulas, while trying to increase your breast milk supply. Or use them exclusively just for a few weeks, until your milk supply increases. On the other hand, if your baby will be eating some solid foods (in the future after, he reaches 6 months of age) then you can also use these milk formulas in conjunction with solid foods.
That will work excellent, or you could do half-and-half and see how it works, however the focus is to try to increase your milk supply. Can babies drink Goat Milk instead of commercial infant formula? Yes, goat milk can be used, in fact is a much better alternative than "conventional formula". There are many moms that have found this "alternative to formula" to be a life saver for their babies who were allergic or sensitive to cow dairy formula or soy formula.
For your mental peace, you can also see what Dr. Sears' have to say on this subject. You can also see the "goat's milk" recipe he recommends, the only thing I won't agree with is to use corn syrup as an addition to this formula. Brown rice syrup is a healthier alternative for babies, and well... for every one. Can you just give goat's milk as it is? No, as I mentioned above Goat milk is low in some essential nutrients, as it is iron, folate, and vitamins B, C and D.
Human milk contains more whey, lactose, vitamin C, B12, folic acid, niacin, and certain essential fats (long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids including Omega 3s critical for brain health) than goat milk. That is the reason why adding liquid baby vitamins to it, is essential. A very typical infant baby vitamins more doctors recommend is Polivisol, which can be found in any pharmacy. Also if you prefer a more "holistic choice" you can find some very good alternatives to infant vitamins at your health food store.
Goat Milk vs Cow Milk • Nutrient content of goat milk is slightly less than cow milk but goat milk is more digestible because the fat molecules are one-fifth the size of those from cow milk -- making it easily tolerated by those with compromised digestive systems.• Seventy-two percent of the milk used throughout the world is from goats. It is one-third richer than cows milk but more nourishing and easier to digest.
• The flavor of goat milk is comparable to that of cow milk. Goat milk has a milder taste.• Goat milk has no cream separation because of smaller fat molecules.• Goat milk contains pre-formed Vitamin A in the milk fat that allows it to be readily available for use by the body.• Goats milk contains a more highly-evolved cholesterol than cows milk, making it more available for absorption to the brain and body.
(Cholesterol is essential to the health of the myelin sheaths "white matter" of the nerves in the brain.)• Goat milk is closer to human milk and is therefore easily accepted especially by those young or frail.• Goat milk has an alkaline reaction the same as mother's milk. Cow milk has an acid reaction• Goat milk does not form mucous (phlegm) and is therefore better tolerated by asthmatics and those with allergies.
(homemade raw goat milk formula ideal for asthma)• Goat milk contains more chlorine, fluorine and silicon than any other domestic livestock. Chlorine and fluorine are natural germicides and fluorine assists in preventing diabetes.• Goat milk contains 2% curd, which precipitates in the stomach. Cows milk is 10% curd.• Goats are naturally immune to diseases, such as tuberculosis, and are used in third-world countries to actually cure tuberculosis because of their inherent antibodies.
• Goats milk is tolerated by a compromised /damaged liver because of the smaller fat molecules and it's naturally homogenized.• Goats milk has the ability to "sweeten" the intestinal tract and assist with constipation.• Goats milk contains a higher evolved carotene (pro-Vitamin A). Researchers have found this to have cancer preventing properties. Source for above: Natures Prescription Milk by Gloria Gilbere, N.
D., D.A. Hom., Ph.D. Goat Milk Formula In other Parts of The World After doing an extensive research, I foud out that in other parts of the world such as Australia, the UK, and New Zealand, there is baby formulas made with goat's milk and without the corn syrup and garbage ingredients baby formula have in the USD. I even contacted these companies to inquiry about how to become a distributor so I could import their product into our country and offer to Mothers here.
Their response? We cannot do that, the governamental policies in the USA forviden us for entering our product into your country. Really? Why is that uh? I think the answer is very clear. below are some links of these websites selling their goat milk formula, oh and unfortunately don't bother to try to buy it, they won't sell to the USA customers. Not that they don't want to, they simply can't! http://www.
goldenfern.co.nz/product/Goat_Milk_Baby_Formula.html http://www.vitacare.co.uk/ http://www.dgc.co.nz/ http://www.nutriciababy.co.nz/main/nutrition/karicare_goat_starter_formula_12.html http://www.perfectlyhealthy.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=BTGOAT Who wrote this article and did you used Goat's milk formula yourself? My name is Ana Sola, and I'm the owner of the company that manufactures Sacred Tea For Nursing Mothers here in the USA.
I have been also working as a certified lactation consultant for over 14 years now, and a wellness consultant. As a first time mom over 14 years ago, I found myself with the devastating dilemma of not been able to breastfeed my son for the first 2 weeks of his life, having to supplement with goat's milk, since formula was simply not a choice for me. Since I had been studying herbs and plants for many years then, I created a tea blend with some of the best herbs belonging to the galactogoge family that have been used for centuries by wise women and medicine women all over the world to help the body to produce more milk supply.
The tea worked wonders, I was able to breastfeed my son for 3 years, and over 7 months exclusively. Then working as a lactation consultant, will share my story with my clients and they will ask me to make the tea for them. It worked as well, people started to tell me I should sell and makel the tea available to everyone, not just my friends or personal clients. That's how Sacred Tea started, and so far, after all these years, we have had tremendous success having helped thousands of breastfeeding mothers all over the world.
So the answer is YES, I have used goat's milk to feed my son when I could not breastfeed, I also recommend it to my clients who cannot breastfeed, are using it while working on increasing their milk supply, or their babies have allergic reactions to conventional cow's milk formula and soy milk formula. In conclusion: So don't let no one trying to convince you that formula is the "only" alternative you have, besides breast milk.
Further more, tribal people as the Incas or in areas as the Amazon and south America, where formula is not even an option for some, many women gave their children other “alternatives to milk”. I even found a “recipe” that these women use to feed their children for the first 6 months of their life. The use Slippery elm bark, powder it, and mix it with water. Making a liquid “paste” that is used to feed their babies.
Curiously enough, these babies grow healthy and don’t develop allergies, asthma or other “typical” childhood illnesses as American or babies born in “civilized” countries do. However, please keep in mind that I'm not telling you to don't give formula to your baby, or supplement him with these formulas instead. I am just sharing with you, that I did choose this option for my baby as well as other women do.
On the other side, I can guarantee you that if you share this “natural remedies” with a regular pediatrician or allopathic doctor, they will pretty much, try to convince you, that is not a good idea. That have not been “scientifically proven or tested” they may even say something worse, like is not good for a baby or even can be harmful to him. Non-sense. Unfortunately, Holistic medicine and Allopathic medicine, still to this day, agree on anything related to health care and to this day cannot work together in partnership.
Educate yourself, do some research, follow your heart and you and your baby, will be fine. Thank you for reading this article, and I hope it was helpful to you. __________________________In Light, Love and healthSincerelyAna Sola, CLC, CLA, CHBE, SPECIALS 2 Bags of Sacred Tea for Nursing Mothers $49.95 The Complete Mother Pack $64.95 Warning: Sacred Tea for Nursing Mothers, is a dietary supplement designed to support normal breast function and is not formulated for pregnant women.
If you are expecting a baby, wait until the baby is born to purchase and try this product. If you suffer from Lupus or Diabetes, please consult with your doctor, before taking this product. Fenugreek is an herb that may lower blood sugar levels and so if a person is diabetic, this can be something that they must take into consideration. Alfalfa has been known to aggravate lupus. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, mitigate, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. * The ingredients used in this herbal formula, may help nursing mothers to support their breast milk supply. However, to support breast milk supply, it is very important to understand that you MUST nurse your baby on demand, making sure, you are positioning the baby on the breast correctly. You must follow a healthy diet, drink plenty of fresh water, get plenty of rest, manage your stress levels and be patient.
Breastfeeding is a learning experience for mom and baby. To guarantee a successful breastfeeding experience, it is recommended for you to exclusively breastfeed your baby on demand for the first few weeks, righ after birth. Joinning a La Leche League group near you is highly recommended. Copyright © 2005-2017 WiseWomen~SacredWomen, Inc. All Rights Reserved.