Here are the reasons for milk allergy in babies and how it can be treated
Milk allergy in babies, what do you know about it? It’s important to know what causes it to help them overcome it. But first, watch them carefully. Some symptoms may indicate if they really have this problem.
What you don’t know about milk allergy
Milk allergy… What does it mean?
It’s a reaction of your baby’s immune system after they have cow milk or any kind of baby milk. It happens because this system cannot identify the proteins these kinds contain. So it considers them as a threat.
Allergy shows in the first months of your newborn’s life. However, it only happens with less than 4% of babies, and disappears by the time your little one is 3 or 4 years old. It rarely lasts for years.
What are the symptoms?
Keep in mind that allergy symptoms vary from one baby to another. They usually appear an hour or two after your little one has milk or any formula containing cow milk protein.
When this happens, your baby cries a lot and becomes irritable. They also suffer from recurrent diarrhea, and their stool may contain blood.
Your baby may also have colic and gases, and they may vomit heavily.
Keep an eye on their skin; allergy could cause skin irritation. You may also notice your baby wheezing when breathing or having difficulty breathing, in addition to having swelling lips or face.
How to protect your baby from allergy?
If your baby is breastfed, try to avoid dairy products as much as you can.
If they have baby formula, feed them a type that has an anti-allergy formula.
It’s always important to let your doctor or pharmacist know that your baby has milk allergy, as some kinds of vaccines contain particles that are found in dairy products.
If your baby is in the food diversification phase, read the ingredients of their food, and make sure it contains no milk.
How to avoid calcium deficiency?
If your baby can’t have milk or dairy products because of allergy, they may have calcium deficiency. However, you can avoid that by doing the following:
Pick a baby formula specifically for allergic babies.
If your baby is 6 months old or older, give them a cup of lemon juice fortified with calcium every day.
In the diversification phase, try to prepare food rich in calcium as much as you can. You can also give them calcium supplements if the doctor deems it necessary.