Although very rare, eczema, colic, vomiting and weight loss can all be caused by milk allergies.
If there are no obvious reasons for symptoms such as skin problems, vomiting, chronic diarrhoea, colic, abdominal pain, poor weight gain, weight loss or faltering growth, your baby may be allergic to their milk.
Formula fed babies
Some babies may be allergic to the protein in infant formula milk. If your Healthcare Professional suspects this then they will consider trying your baby on a specialized formula to see if the allergy symptoms disappear.
They may advise changing to an extensively hydrolysed infant formula. The milk protein in these formulas has been broken down into much smaller pieces so that your baby will continue to have plenty of protein in their diet but the smaller pieces will no longer cause an allergic response.
These milks have an unusual taste and young babies accept them quite readily but older babies might find the taste less acceptable.
In some cases if an improvement in symptoms is not seen an amino acid infant formula could be tried.
Soy formula is a milk-free formula. These are not recommended for babies under six months of age because they have a higher amount of phyto-oestrogens and they may cause hormonal problems, particularly in young babies.
To ensure your baby’s milk continues to provide all the necessary nutrients for optimizing growth and development, you should seek advice from a registered dietician.
It is very rare for a baby to be allergic to breast milk.
If you think a breast milk allergy is the cause of your baby’s problems, try excluding certain foods from your diet. Discuss this with a registered dietician so that you can be sure your diet remains nutritious enough for both you and your baby.
If you exclude milk and milk products from your diet you will need to take a calcium supplement (1250–1350mg daily).
If you exclude other foods such as fish, meat, certain vegetables or fruits these can generally be replaced by foods from the same food group. However you should seek some dietary advice to make sure you’re doing this properly.
Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical
advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance.
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