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Infant Child Care in Horn Lake: How to deal with milk allergy and dairy intolerance

Posted on 06-20-2014

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If your infant regularly regurgitates after feeding and has frequent, watery stools, he or she may have an allergy to milk. If you suspect that this is the case, a visit to the pediatrician will confirm the condition. Fortunately, there is a lot that parents can do to deal with this issue and keep your infant happy and healthy.

What is a milk allergy?

A milk allergy is either a reaction by the body’s immune system to, specifically, cow’s milk or an intolerance of the protein found in cow’s milk. This makes it very different from lactose intolerance, which is the inability of the body to digest and absorb the lactose within milk. Milk protein allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children, affecting up to 2.5% of infants to various degrees, according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE.)

How to treat milk allergy in infants

Your pediatrician will determine a treatment plan that works best for you and your infant based on the severity of the condition and your child’s specific requirements. Some treatment options include:

Hydrolyzed, casein-based formula: This type of formula has been developed with protein that has already been extensively broken down, making it far easier for your baby to digest. Your doctor will recommend a brand that meets all your infant’s nutritional needs, which is very important if your infant has to be on a restricted diet.

Avoiding milk: This is a course of treatment often chosen by breastfeeding women, as the milk protein can be passed to the infant through the feeding process. In the U.S. it is required by law that any packaged food item containing milk must have it listed as an ingredient, so this option involves a lot of vigilance while shopping and when dining out. You will have to avoid any dairy products such as butter, butterfat, buttermilk, casein, cheese, cream, curds, ghee, half-and-half, whey and yogurt.

Fortunately, your child should outgrow this allergy between the ages of one and three and can then slowly be introduced to a wider diet. Your pediatrician will be able to test and advise you on how and when to undertake this. If you are looking for a pediatrician, visit the doctors at All Children’s Clinic in Southaven. With board certified pediatricians specializing in infant care, you and your infant will be in good hands.

At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mississippi, we are happy to accommodate all of your child’s needs, both developmental and dietary. With an innovative educational program for infants and dedicated staff members on hand at all times, your child will have all the love, nurturing and stimulation they need to build the brightest future possible. For more information, please contact us today.

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