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24/10/2013 at 13:07
We are waiting on a referral for A to see a pediatrician for her milk allergy, but I have no idea how long it'll take, and in the meantime I am getting seriiusly uninspired in terms of what food to give her as everything I think of has milk in.
Should I but some lactose free milk and try that for porridge, scrambled eggs etc? Or is it not worth the risk in case whatever her issue is isn't lactose?
24/10/2013 at 13:28
I wouldn't risk it, can you try oak milk or something instead? I am also awaiting a referral for allergy/intolerance but have just started weaning with purées and have been hand making them to make sure no milk. Tesco have quite a few products in the free from range so have a look to see if it broadens your options. They even have chocolate buttons!
24/10/2013 at 13:56
I wouldnt use lactose free as it sounds like more of a cows milk allergy than lactose intolerance. I am starting weaning next week and will go with mainly fruit purees and veggies.
24/10/2013 at 14:27
She's pretty much on fruit and veg, but i'm sure she gets bored of it sometimes and wants something more substantial.
Have just got her referral through for about a month's time, so not too long to wait :)
24/10/2013 at 15:13
If she's over 6 months (and I think that only applies to boys anyway) you can try soya BUT there is a chance that she can react to that too as its a similar structure to cows milk. The dietician advised me to try a spoonful or two o soya yogurt and see how he was throughout the day. Luckily he was ok. Don't give lactose free milk in case it is cows milk she's allergic/intolerant to.
There's loads she could have once youre used to what has milk in. Vitalite is dairy free and soya free so can have crumpets or toast (loads of bread is dairy free, you don't need to buy special) with spreads, or mashed banana, avacado etc.
24/10/2013 at 15:26
So stupid question alert...what's the difference between lactose and cows milk? Lactose is in cows milk, but she could be allergic to something other than the lactose in it?
24/10/2013 at 15:55
I did but only because I was certain from severity of symptoms that it was lactose not cows milk. Unless you're pretty sure personally wouldn't risk it
You could try soya, which you do risk reaction with but with either you'll need to consider this anyway. We use soya nutter and cheese.
Re porridge you could make with whatever milk you use now, if bf you could express?
There is loads you can do LF if you use soya.
24/10/2013 at 15:57
I can't remember the details re the difference. But lactose intolerant means that they are able to have and tolerate some dairy which an allergy suffer can't. For that reason if you're bf that makes me wonder if it's LI? Unless you are dairy free?
24/10/2013 at 18:14
We just use soya milk instead and make scrambled egg etc with that. We use the alpro 1+ Carton with the giraffe on. You can also use most margarines as they are made with veg or sunflower oil and not milk. I think the difference between intolerances is that some children are intolerant to lactose but some are intolerant to the protein so if you give lactose free milk it still contains the protein. I've also heard oat milk makes a great substitute.
24/10/2013 at 20:11
Thanks for the info everyone, its helped to sort it out in my brain in terms of the differences, and we'll just wait and see what the pediatrician says.
Whilst we're on the subject...what will that entail? Will they just give us a food diary to follow to gently introduce things and see the reactions? They're not going to do one of those *** tests are they????
24/10/2013 at 20:39
What mine did was to give us lactose free formula and a weeks food diary. It's important she said to do it that way so we knew whether it were cows milk or not as lactose intolerance is a lot easier to deal with and you wouldn't want to label CM allergy unless you absolutely had to. (Read she wouldn't as the milk is so much more expensive, but I do also see what she means, in that E can't have a full bottle of formula (normal) but if she had a product that was made in a factory where there is a teeny risk of milk contamination, she'd most likely be fine where an allergy sufferer might not
Now that I've written that I feel silly saying not to try the formula as actually whether you try now or on docs advice it'll be same formula!
24/10/2013 at 20:40
Lactose is a sugar in milk. It can be removed to give you the lactose free milk so in effect it's still cows milk. A milk protein allergy is the structure of the milk, so there's no way to remove it. Just need to avoid altogether.
We knew by trial and error and symptoms, the paed was happy with that to prescribe neocate
24/10/2013 at 22:05
This might be of some help to you N, it's a list of milk free products at Tesco - realfood.tesco.com/.../Milk-Free-List-September-2013-6e550745-7b29-4ad8-92e4-eb44a8be753a-0.pdf
24/10/2013 at 22:15
That's useful to know, thanks :)
A is breastfed and is a bottle refuser anyway, so formula isn't on the radar for us anyway. it'll just be what we can cook with and wean with, and eventually what she may drink out of a cup when a little older. I'm eating normal dairy as usual and she doesn't seem to be affected by it at all, so maybe its not a strong allergy? Will see what comes of the pediatric appt anyway :)
24/10/2013 at 23:45
Our paediatrician appt was a skin *** test for dairy allergy. I imagine that's what you will have as well given age and symptoms although it may be area specific? We just had to set out when we'd seen a reaction and then the treatment plan is based on that and the results of the skin rick test.
For porridge, we make with water only and it's fine, same for weetabix I put cold water or boiled water in the mush it up then mix with banana or fruit pot. You can make scrambled eggs just with egg so that's what we've done
If you've had no reaction from breast milk I think you may be ok with some things that have milk traces in but I prob wouldn't risk till I'd seen the paediatrician
My H had similar symptoms to you (hives) but his test cane back clear and paediatrician thought he'd likely had a mild allergy which he'd grown out of. He didn't react to breast milk either only milk contact.
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