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    Old 07-27-2008, 01:51 PM   #1
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    Milk allergy in infant, doctor recommends giving it to him

    Hi there,

    When my 15 month old son was 8 months, he was diagnosed with a milk allergy. We were told by the allergist to only try giving him milk or dairy once every so often, just to see if the allergy was still there (the blood test revealed that it was not a severe allergy, although he was vomiting after eating dairy or things with milk product in it). So we pretty much stayed away from all milk products or stuff with milk in it until he was a year old, and at his 1 year appointment we asked his doctor about it. He recommended that we start introducing it to him again, to build his immune system to it, so that's what we began doing. He seemed to be doing really well, he hasn't thrown up after eating it as he did before the allergy testing, however sometimetimes if he's eating something (like mac and cheese, for example) and it touches the skin on his face, he will get hives. So I think he still has somewhat of an allergy to it. My question is, should we continue to give it to him since he doesn't seem to have any problems with it (besides the hives where it directly touches him), or could it be harming his insides?
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    Old 07-27-2008, 02:55 PM   #2
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    Re: Milk allergy in infant, doctor recommends giving it to him

    If it causes hives on the outside, just think what his insides must look like.

    I would not give him anything related to milk until he has been clear for 6 weeks or longer and then only a very tiny amount one time. If he has a reaction, wait 6 months before giving him a tiny amount again.

    Over time his little body may or may not adjust to milk. Usually it is the casisin in the milk that is the problem.

    My little grandson is now 5 years old and apparently his allergy to milk has subsided. Still must keep close watch and not overload his system. Children do/can outgrow their allergies, but, patience must pervail and don't rush it.

    Goodies can be made substituting fruit juices for the milk and omit butter or margarine.

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    Old 08-28-2008, 07:42 PM   #3
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    Re: Milk allergy in infant, doctor recommends giving it to him

    My 10-monh-old was just diagnosed with milk "issues," be they allergies or intolerance or whatever. She didn't show an allergy to a scratch test, but the specialist (allergist) explained that doesn't necessarily mean that there is no allergy. I breastfeed, so removing dairy from her diet and mine has been tough. That said, she did recommend we try alternatives such as Soy Milk or Rice Milk, the latter of which I personally found undrinkable but my three-year-old really enjoyed it. There's also Soy yogurt and other products that can still help you fill the void of not having the milk until he can tolerate it.
    Also of interest, the allergist said that 95% of the kids with reflux that she sees are suffering from milk/dairy issues. A lot of doctors just throw Prevacid down their throat, but I appreciated her recommendation to get to the source of the issue. Now, my daughter is much better. The allergist wasn't too keen on the concept of ever reintroducing dairy to her diet, but I agree that it's worth waiting and trying again.

     
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    Re: Milk allergy in infant, doctor recommends giving it to him

    Hi, my son has milk and peanut allergies. We found out through a blood test ordered by our pediatrician. On a 0-4 scale (zero being none and 4 being the worst) he scored a 2 for milk and a 1 for peanuts. My son is 9 months old. From what I've read it's advised by most docs not the feed an allergen to a child as he will most likely become more and more allergic to it. My son was very flimmy and breathed loudly until we switched him to soy formula at 2 months old. We did not equate this with an allergy until we fed him 2nd foods mac and cheese from a jar. He immediately got red streaks around his mouth and later hives all over his body before I could get the benydryl into him. I had to run out and get it. We didn't have any in the house. It seems now that he may be presenting with a skin milk allergy as well. I ate a cheese stick the other day and later kissed him on the check. He broke out in hives and it's the only thing I can figure happened because I'm very dilligent with his food. I've read this is rare. I want to get some help for this and education on what to do, so I have an appointment with a pediatric allergist at a Children's Hospital near us. I was told by my allergist that the blood tests my not show the actual severity of the allergy. My son can't even have anything made on a line that also made milk products. Some soy milk actually has traces of milk because they're made on the same line.

     
    Old 09-03-2008, 12:12 AM   #5
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    Re: Milk allergy in infant, doctor recommends giving it to him

    Thanks for the replies on this issue!
    We spoke to the pediatric allergist's office again, and they told us that in cases such as ours (that the blood test showed only a very slight allergy to the milk), to go ahead and try it. So we have been slowly giving him more and more, and he is doing just fine. No hives, no vomiting. He was on a soy formula, but he is now on almost 100% whole milk. He also eats dairy (such as yogurt), and does very well, and LOVES it! I'm going to double check at his 18 month check up that if all seems ok on the outside (not to mention his stools are normal), that hopefully it means all is well on the inside as well.

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    Old 09-03-2008, 09:34 PM   #6
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    Re: Milk allergy in infant, doctor recommends giving it to him

    keep in mind that allergy injections are what you are allergic to. That's how they desensitize you. So giving small, controlled amounts of milk would make sense. They also suggest that you take an antihistamine the day of your injections. You might ask your doctor if you can give him something on the days he has dairy. Just a thought.

     
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    Re: Milk allergy in infant, doctor recommends giving it to him

    Wow! That's fantastic!!! This gives me hope for my little one! Hooray! I'm soooo happy for you!

     
    Old 09-05-2008, 10:05 PM   #8
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    Re: Milk allergy in infant, doctor recommends giving it to him

    Glad to hear about your little one. DS's allergist doesn't feel it safe to trial ANYTHING at home, so since his tests come up clear, she's going to have us do in office food challenges starting in a few months. I'm glad everything is going well for your little one though.

     
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