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How typical are sheep/goat milk allergies without cows milk allergies?

How typical are sheep/goat milk allergies without cows milk allergies?

Rare: Most of the time people with cow's milk allergy cross react to goat and sheep milk. The casein proteins share 87-98% of the same Amino Acids across all 3 species. Therefore it is possible to only be allergic to goat or sheep, but not very likely. Goat and sheep milk are not safe substitutes for people with anaphylactic reactions to cow's milk. ...Read more

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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


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Can toddlers drink goat milk due to cow milk allergies?

Can toddlers drink goat milk due to cow milk allergies?

Goat vs cows milk: There is very high degree (92%) of similarity between cows milk and goats milk. So the short story is no. If one wanted to try an alternative type of milk, then mare's milk is much less cross reactive. ...Read more

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Is lactose intolerance a milk allergy?

Is lactose intolerance a milk allergy?

No: Lactose intolerance is a digestive problem with inability to break down complex milk sugars into simple sugars that are easy to absorb. Milk allergy is an ige mediated disease, usually manifest in children, with skin symptoms like hives and eczema, respiratory symptoms like asthma and rarely anaphylactic reactions. ...Read more

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Is rice milk soy formula or soy milk better for a toddler with milk intolerance?

Is rice milk soy formula or soy milk better for a toddler with milk intolerance?

More palateable: Either formula will work, however, there is an issue with palatability of the infant to tolerate the formula. Thus, its a matter of trying out the formula. Historically the soy based formula is more popular and also less expensive and readily available. Rice formula tends to be sold in certains stores. ...Read more

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Is eczema from milk allergy?

Is eczema from milk allergy?

Not totally: In some kids, cows milk may further irritate eczema. However, cows milk does not cause eczema primarily. Talk to your dr before switching a babys formula or milk. ...Read more

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What to do about infant reflux, eczema, soy allergy, soy formula and enfamil ar?

What to do about infant reflux, eczema, soy allergy, soy formula and enfamil ar?

See a Specialist: This is a complicated question that cannot be well answered in only 400 characters. The problems with formula may be allergy or lactose intolerance or several other things. You should have the baby tested for soy and milk allergy and you may need to try several formulas before you find one that is well tolerated. Enfamil AR thickens in the stomach so it is less likely to reflux back up the esop ...Read more

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Difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy?

Milk issues: Milk allergy causes hives, swelling of soft tissues such as lips and tongue, shortness of breath and in extreme cases anaphylactic reactions, it may also cause severe abdominal cramps. The effects are immediate after milk ingestion. While lactose intolerance can cause gas and bloating 1-2 hours after ingestion of dairy products and sometimes diarrhea. ...Read more

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What causes milk allergy in toddlers?

What causes milk allergy in toddlers?

Antibodies to milk: Milk allergy is an adverse immune response to a certain protein in cow's milk. Allergic responses include dermatitis, gastrointestinal and respiratory distress, including such life-threatening anaphylactic responses. Milk allergy is the most common food allergy in early childhood, affecting 2-3% of infants. Consultation with a board-certified allergist is recommended. ...Read more

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How does milk allergy differ from milk intolerance?

How does milk allergy differ from milk intolerance?

Immune mechanism: Reactions to foods can be from immune reactions, or from other mechanisms. Allergy is an immune reaction against the food. An intolerance might happen when you lack an enzyme to digest the food, such as with lactose (milk) intolerance. Generally speaking, intolerances are milder, not life-threatening, and cannot be diagnosed by typical allergy scratch or prick tests. ...Read more

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Allergic to milk and soy based formulas?

Allergic to milk and soy based formulas?

Elemental formula: There are multiple brand of formula available that are either hydrolyzed or if the allergy is true ige mediated then there are 2 formula products available that are pure Amino Acid formulas (neocate and elecare) without any of the milk or soy protiens. ...Read more

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How 2 distinguish between baby acne, lactose intolerance, milk protein allergy, or soy allergy? I'm pumping + supplementing and don't know rash cause

How 2 distinguish between baby acne, lactose intolerance, milk protein allergy, or soy allergy? I'm pumping + supplementing and don't know rash cause

Rashes common: I'm assuming your baby is fairly new Rashes need to be seen for correct identification Most of the food sensitivities have intestinal symptoms as well such as gas, irritability. rashes in very young infants are common and you should see your doctor for a proper visual ID ...Read more

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Is milk protein allergy and milk protein intolerance the same thing? (Not talking about lactose intolerance).

Is milk protein allergy and milk protein intolerance the same thing? (Not talking about lactose intolerance).

No: you can have an intolerance with out having an allergy. An allergy can be occur when your body makes antibodies to the milk protein- and an intolerance doesnt necessarily have to be related to antibodies. The most common allergy is IgE mediated, with rash, swelling, hives. An intolerance may not cause those symptoms- they may cause diarrhea ...Read more

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Which is better soy based or cow milk infant formula?

Which is better soy based or cow milk infant formula?

Depends on situation: Some folks prefer the bovine protein as more human like & there is some question whether the soy lives up to its quality. That said, most kids would never have any appreciable difference in growth/development either way.The exception comes if a kid is intolerant to one. If so, the other product or a specialty formula like alumentum would be less likely to cause GI symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do about infant reflux, soy allergy, soy formula and enfamil ar?

What to do about infant reflux, soy allergy, soy formula and enfamil ar?

Positioning: What is the age of the child? If older than 3 months and if severe GERD I would consider adding rice cereal 1 tablespoon per 4 oz of the formula to thicken the feed. In a baby less than 2 months I would try positioning in a 45 degree position after feedings for an hr to see if it helps. Fomula switching will not improve GERD if that is the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is buffalo milk tolerable for cows milk allergy sufferers? Thanks

Is buffalo milk tolerable for cows milk allergy sufferers?
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Caution: There is a high degree of similarity between cow's milk and other mammalian milk including goat, sheep and water buffalo. Water buffalo milk is the source of buffalo mozzarella cheese eaten throughout the world. There is a case report of a milk allergic child who tolerated water buffalo milk, but a challenge like this should be done under the supervision of an allergist. ...Read more

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Could you slowly introduce similac isomil (soy formula) from similac alimentum?

Could you slowly introduce similac isomil (soy formula) from similac alimentum?

Possibly: If the reason for using alimentum initially was for milk protein allergy/colitis, it is important to note that a significant percentage of babies with the allergy will also have a reactivity to soy. Talk to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is soy milk bad for toddlers who are lactose intolerant?

Is soy milk bad for toddlers who are lactose intolerant?

Fine: Soy or almond milk are both usually lactose free. Lactaid or similar cow milk products are produced with the missing enzyme in the milk, so lactose sensitive people can use them without problems. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Milk Allergy (Definition)

A condition in which the body has an abnormal response to ...Read more