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How Would I Know If My Toddler Is Allergic To Milk
Milk allergy: If milk or milk products are consumed and stomach cramps or diarrhea occur, this in usually a sign of lactose intolerance and not allergy. If lactose-free products are consumed and the observed reaction persists, then this would be more suspicious for milk allergy. Milk allergy can cause hives, itchy rashes (eczema) severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis or asthma) and even nasal congestion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible that a toddler be allergic to whole milk if she was not allerigic to cow based formula?
Possible: You can acquire an allergy to a protein based food item like cow milk at any point in life.However, true cow milk allergy is relatively uncommon and could be confirmed by testing.Cow milk intolerance is more common, results in similar symptoms and can reflect problems with several components of the product, like the sugar source lactose. ...Read more
Elemental formulas: For those who become intolerant to bovine and soy protein, there are elemental formulas that contain predigested proteins that work. You can find one (alumentum, alumentum ready to feed, nutramagen, elecare).All are expensive but after 4-6 weekss on one, the gut may heal enough to tolerate other foods. Work with your ped to find one that works for your kid.All are difficult. ...Read more
My 18month old daughter hates cows milk or any milk.She likes youghurt and chees.Is there any substitute for milk or is milk a must for toddler?Thanku
4 letter words: I like to think of milk as a 4 letter word or 4 equivalents.Many kids have an intolerance or dislike for milk, but they need the calcium to grow strong bones. Alternatives are fine. If they get 4 eq ( 4 cups of milk) they will be fine.1 cup yogurt = 1 cup milk;one slice of cheese = 1 equivalent, other milks are 1/1, even flavored antacid tablets often contain 2 equivalents. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Toddler Milk: First of all, I applaud you for wanting to find a way to get your toddler to drink less milk. Cow's milk is thought to trigger type one diabetes in some people, so that is reason enough. I have two suggestions: 1. offer coconut milk, hemp milk, almond milk, or rice milk and 2. Since toddlers cannot shop or get their own food or drink, as the parent, just stop serving it!! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My toddler loves milk. How much milk should he consume in a day? Does that affect the amount of other dairy he consumes, like cheese and yogurt?
About 16 oz.: Most toddlers need about 16 oz a day of dairy products. Low fat milk is recommended once they turn 2 years old. Excessive milk usually results in a child not eating well, because it keeps them feeling satisfied. It can also contribute to constipation. There can also be chronic blood loss in the intestines, resulting in anemia in some children. ...Read more
Yes: I see no reason not to give a toddler milk when febrile. This old myth probably gains followers because some of the kids have fever first & start barfing later. The milk takes a bit longer to digest & curdles due to normal stomach acid. If they barf, they usually blame the milk, though it is really the nature of the illness. ...Read more
Milk intake toddler: 12-16 ounces of milk a day or 2-3 servings of other dairy products is just right for a toddler. Right around first birthday need for milk drops off a lot as child eats more solid foods. Replace milk with WATER, not sugar containing fluids like juice. Too much milk can actually be bad leading to anemia and obesity, so limit to the 12-16 ounces a day and lead your child to like water for hydration ...Read more
Alternatives: Soy, oat, almond, coconut, rice and hemp milk. Taste and nutritional value vary with these, so make sure you read labels and try to purchase fortified options. Some children with dairy allergy can tolerate hydrolyzed formulations. You should discuss this with your child's pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Soy milk and...: Soy milk, chicken, and fish would be good sources. ...Read more
Milk-a 4 letter word: Some kids do refuse for a variety of reasons. I prefer to use the 4 letters to represent 4 cups of milk needed, or 4 units of calcium. You can substitute milks: almond, soy or goat , or slices of cheese(=1 cup), cottage cheese, yogurt.You can also grind up a couple of Tums (calcium carbonate) tablets (has calcium) and sprinkle the powder on their food. ...Read more
How many solid meals should a year old pre toddler take everyday? Should they be supplemented with milk?
Transition time: This is a time when your toddler is starting to transition from a diet that is liquid based to more solids. Here is a great article from the american academy of pediatrics on this age group: http://www.Healthychildren.Org/english/ages-stages/toddler/nutrition/pages/default.Aspx. ...Read more
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