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My 13 week old is on 0.6mls ranitidine for reflux now my doctor think he has a cows milk allergy. He is fussy, wont nap and doesn't sleep through night?

My 13 week old is on 0.6mls ranitidine for reflux now my doctor think he has a cows milk allergy. He is fussy, wont nap and doesn't sleep through night?

Other suggestions: I agree that your son may have a cows milk allergy or lack of tolerance to milk. If there is a history of allergic disease in the family, a rash called eczema then it is more likely to be an allergic reaction. If he continues to spit up while on the medication, a dose adjustment for his weight may be needed. I would also suggest that he feed at around a 40 degree angle. ...Read more

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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Fussiness (Definition)

The term "irritability" is used for infants and young children who, when ill, are especially fussy, whiny, and fretful, despite attempts at comforting and soothing them. Irritability can be a very early sign of serious problems. Although irritability is not a symptom of any specific illness, it should arouse suspicion in the parent that something might be wrong with the child, even though there may not ...Read more


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I think my 1 year old has a milk allergy. He is extremely fussy for two weeks since switching from soy formula. Runny nose and watery eyes. What to do?

I think my 1 year old has a milk allergy. He is extremely fussy for two weeks since switching from soy formula. Runny nose and watery eyes. What to do?

Switch back: Switch back to soy formula as if this is milk allergy the symptoms should resolve. You should have your child evaluated by an allergist to confirm whether or not your baby really has a milk allergy or some other unrelated problem. ...Read more

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How long will a milk allergy last in a baby and will it go away?

Unpredictable: Most infants outgrow milk protein allergy by the age of 2 years--more importantly, about 80% of children will outgrow allergy to milk by the age of 5. See an allergist for appropriate testing and recommendations on when to reintroduce milk into your child's diet. ...Read more

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What foods can't a kid with milk allergy eat?

What foods can't a kid with milk allergy eat?

Any dairy: Read lables & avoid food that contains any of the following ingredients: milk (derivative, protein, solids), cream, cheese, butter, buttermilk, butter fat, dry milk solids, whey (delactosed, demineralized, protein concentrate), artificial butter flavor, casein, caseinates (ammonium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, or sodium), curds, lactose, lactalbumin phosphate, lactoferrin. ...Read more

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What can I try at home to treat milk allergy?

What can I try at home to treat milk allergy?

Identify & Avoid: Treating milk allergy means completely avoiding foods containing milk & dairy products. This includes prepared foods with milk as an ingredient. Sometimes milk is listed as casein, caseinate, or whey. Avoid these. Tuna packed in water may contain some milk. Avoid milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, butter, whipped & sour cream, gelato, sherbet & cream sauces & salad dressings. Lactose is usually ok. ...Read more

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Will my milk allergy ever go away?

Will my milk allergy ever go away?

Sometimes: Sometimes milk allergy resolves on its own. There is no way to predict who will grow out of it and who will not. Milk allergy is most common in young children. You may want to consider if you are "allergic" (hives, itching, wheezing, swelling) or "intolerant" such as lactose intolerance which is typically related to the amount you have (diarrhea, bloating, gas). ...Read more

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Can you give me some tips for overcoming milk allergy?

Can you give me some tips for overcoming milk allergy?

See an allergist: An allergist can monitor your child's milk allergy periodically. By following skin tests and/or blood tests to help determine the severity of your child's milk allergy, an allergist can help advise when it is safe to try to reintroduce milk again. Also, an allergist can help advise you which foods are okay to continue and which still need to be avoided based on the severity of the milk allergy. ...Read more

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Can a milk allergy make a person want to drink more milk?

No: You have to be pretty morbid to do such a thing but milk won't make you do that. ...Read more

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Can a milk allergy make a person actually drink more milk?

Craving food: While i periodically hear of patients claiming that they are allergic to certain foods that they crave, I am not aware of any bona-fide study that ever addressed this. ...Read more

Fussy (Definition)

A fussy infant or child is one who may be more irritable than usual. She may not eat as much as usual and may have trouble sleeping. A fussy baby may have an infection, teeth coming in, a tummy ache, or just be distressed due to a change of schedule or "having a bad day". If it persists or she can't sleep or eat anything, ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more