Milk Allergy in Infants

Milk Allergy in Infants

According to the statistics there are about 100 thousand newborn babies suffering from the milk allergy annually. The most frequent allergy symptoms are:

  • Diarrhea (blood in stool is considered to indicate a severe milk allergy)
  • Regular vomiting and gagging after feeding process
  • Skin rashes
  • Sudden change in infant’s behavior. Babies that suffer from the milk allergy cry permanently. An infant becomes irritable and fussy because of stomachache caused by milk protein
  • Low or no weight gain (caused by excessive vomiting and diarrhea)
  • Gassiness as a result of milk protein allergy
  • Respiratory problems like wheezing, tongue, lips and throat swelling, breathing difficulties, excess mucus in throat and nose
  • Dehydration of the organism, appetite loss and lack of energy

Why does the milk allergy appear?

The milk allergy in infants occurs when the immune system accepts the harmless milk protein as something the body should fight off. Breastfed infants have a lower risk of developing a milk allergy than the formula fed ones. Usually the milk allergy goes away by itself by the age of 3. There are some cases when it stays forever (when the allergy is genetic), though.

How to feed an infant with a milk allergy?

Babies suffering from the milk allergy in toddlers should avoid eating cheese, yoghurt, ice cream, milk powder, sour cream, whey, curds, ghee. There are some good substitutions for the human and cow’s milk. Among them are: almond milk, soya-based milk, rice milk, grain milk. Dietitians recommend combining them with different fruit juices in order to satisfy the organism metabolic requirements.

Why is breastfeeding so important

Breastfeeding is vital for newborn babies with a milk allergy. Studies suggest that breastfed babies are less likely to develop different kinds of allergy, including the milk one. It’s very easy to explain: less an infant copes with the allergen, more likely he will outgrow the milk allergy.

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