MILK ALLERGY AND LACTOSE INTOLERANCE IN INFANTS

MILK ALLERGY AND LACTOSE INTOLERANCE IN INFANTS

     Many of you probably have heard a lot about milk allergy or lactose intolerance. So today, it will be the topic of our blog, because it is as relevant as ever. Milk allergy is the most common food allergy in children.

First, let’s try to find out how to recognize milk allergy. The main symptoms of it are:

  • Skin reactions
  • Gas
  • Colic
  • Bloating
  • Stomach ache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Eczema
  • Runny or stuff nose
  • Swelling of (mouth and throat)

Lactose intolerance is not an allergy. It occurs when baby cannot digest the natural- sugar in milk (lactose). Symptoms of lactose intolerance are:

  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloated stomach
  • Spitting up
  • Colic

Now you are probably asking yourself a question how can you diagnose that your baby is having milk allergy or lactose intolerance.

If you experience that your baby is having one of these symptoms, it’s unlikely that she has a milk allergy. If you see more symptoms at the same time, it might be a milk allergy. Therefore, our advice is to contact your pediatrician to get medical consultation on how to manage it.

Treatment of milk allergy is to exclude all milk components for a certain period. After a week doctor will ask you to try again cow’s milk and see whether your baby has the same reaction to it.  Usually many babies outgrow allergy between 1 and 3 years old.

If your baby is taking formula, the best hypoallergenic option will be HIPP HA, Holle Goat or Nanny Care formulas, which you can find at our shop.