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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. Bernard Seif
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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 to determine if I have a milk allergy?

How to determine if I have a milk allergy?

The story and tests: Allergy testing can be done via skin or blood testing. Both have their advantages, but either way, without a story suggesting food allergy one cannot make a diagnosis. Rapid onset of itching, swelling, hives, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea, leading towards allergic shock paints the picture of true food allergy; testing only confirms this is the case. ...Read more

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What are the initial signs of a milk allergy?

Blood in stool: Other forms of immunologic reaction to milk are cow's milk induced proctocolitis & enterocolitis (fpies). These typically begin in the newborn period and are often due to traces of cow's milk or soy present in breast milk. In proctocolitis the infant passes stool with streaks of red blood. In fpies vomiting & diarrhea begin 1-2 hours after feeding & may be accompanied by prostration and shock. ...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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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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Is gas a sign of a possible milk allergy?

Is gas a sign of a possible milk allergy?

Milk allergy/intoler: Gas is more likely due to milk or lactose intolerance. A large glass of milk, buttermilk or even yogurt can cause gas or bloating and gurgling in the abdomen. Cheese, except aged cheese, can also cause intolerance. Allergic reactions can come faster and may include hives, nasal and chest symptoms soon after ingesting milk products. There is lot of confusion about this subject. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cow milk allergy?

A variety!: Depending on the patient, cow milk allergy symptoms can include:itchy mouth/throat, facial &/or airway swelling, difficulty breathing or talking, cough, wheeze, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (can be bloody), poor weight gain or even weight loss in kids, flushing, hives, eye redness, itch, &/or swelling, runny, itchy, &/or stuffy nose, sneezing, abdominal pain, feeling of impending doom and even shock or cardiac arrest! ...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