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Baby Formula Allergies

The most common food allergy found in young children is allergy to cow’s milk. Most children outgrow this allergy when they are about two to three years of age.

Allergic to dairy products

But for infants and babies who are allergic to dairy products, this is unfortunate since most of the formula milk available in the market are from cows.

Cow’s milk

Cow’s milk is composed of water, protein, fat, carbohydrates or sugar, vitamins and minerals. The milk protein is the reason for the allergic reaction in cow's milk allergy.

Here are the signs that your baby may be allergic to formula.

  • Acting fussy after feeding
  • Crying after being fed
  • Loose, watery bowel movement or trouble having BM's. Bowels may be small and very hard.
  • Red rashes on face or around his rear end. The rash may have a rough texture.
  • Baby's stomach may feel tight or full after feeding. He may cry and pull his legs up towards his belly due to the belly pain he is experiencing.
  • Vomiting after almost every feeding.
  • Waking up often at night
  • At extreme scenarios, swelling of different body parts like the face, ears may also occur

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to cow's milk?

In order to confirm your child’s allergy to the milk formula, you should look beyond the symptoms. This is because allergic reaction to cow's milk is not the sole possible reason for the pain in the stomach, rashes, skin eczema, diarrhea, throwing up, or too much crying.

Is your baby Anaphylactic?

These signs can also be attributed to other conditions that may need different treatment. It should also be diagnosed thoroughly to determine if the baby is anaphylactic – in this case all milk and its byproducts should be eliminated from his diet.

Baby’s medical history

After thorough examination of the baby’s medical history, the doctor may recommend switching formulas (maybe into a soy-based one or hydrolysate formula). In some cases, the doctor may suggest that after a month the parents bring back milk into the dairy-free diet for them to check if the baby continues to show indications of allergy to milk.

In other cases, an allergist may be consulted. He or she will attempt to find the reasons for the baby's symptoms by skin tests or with blood test.

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