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Think my 1yr old has a milk protein allergy, have switched her to rice milk formula. is this ok? its only been a week, she seems to be happier, still eating solids 3 times a day with snacks. consumes up to 24oz of this "formula" plus juice and h2o sippy

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Dr. Rebecca Butler answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

A : A milk protein allergy can present at this age if you have switched to whole milk, and have not been using a milk based formuls in infancy. Depending on what kind of formula you were using throughout infancy, an allergy typically would have been a problem earlier. "toddler" formulas are more costly and you hate to restrict her diet if she does not have a true allergy. I suggest you talk more with your pediatrician or have allergy testing performed to confirm a true allergy.

Answered 3/2/2019


Dr. Joram Seggev answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

Rice : Rice milk does not contain cow's milk, so it is a good replacement. On the other hand, most cow's milk allergy at this age shows up earlier, . Therefore, it would be a good idea to take your daughter to a board-certified allergist to find out whether she is truly allergic to cow's milk.

Answered 10/4/2016



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