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My daughter was tested and was found positive for allergies. She is not allergic to milk but she doesn't tolerate it well. Can it be an intolerance? Is it ok to give hertoddler formula?
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Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Try soy formula
Lactose intolerance not seen in toddlers.
If lack of milk allergy based only on blood test then confirmation with skin testing required (blood test for specific allergic antibodies to food is negative in up to 20% of individuals who react on skin testing). If baby not soy allergic, give soy based formula until allergist can confirm lack of milk allergy.

In brief: Try soy formula
Lactose intolerance not seen in toddlers.
If lack of milk allergy based only on blood test then confirmation with skin testing required (blood test for specific allergic antibodies to food is negative in up to 20% of individuals who react on skin testing). If baby not soy allergic, give soy based formula until allergist can confirm lack of milk allergy.
Dr. Martin Ostro
Dr. Martin Ostro
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Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Try soy formula
Lactose intolerance not seen in toddlers.
If lack of milk allergy based only on blood test then confirmation with skin testing required (blood test for specific allergic antibodies to food is negative in up to 20% of individuals who react on skin testing). If baby not soy allergic, give soy based formula until allergist can confirm lack of milk allergy.

In brief: Try soy formula
Lactose intolerance not seen in toddlers.
If lack of milk allergy based only on blood test then confirmation with skin testing required (blood test for specific allergic antibodies to food is negative in up to 20% of individuals who react on skin testing). If baby not soy allergic, give soy based formula until allergist can confirm lack of milk allergy.
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Dr. Zorian Trusewych
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
She may have an intolerance or even a nonceliac food-induced enteropathy.
These conditions are not diagnosed by allergy testing and may require an evaluation by a pediatric gastroenterologists, depending on the severity of symptoms. An elimination diet may also be useful in diagnosis, but be careful in that milk proteins can be disguised as casein and whey etc.

In brief: Possibly
She may have an intolerance or even a nonceliac food-induced enteropathy.
These conditions are not diagnosed by allergy testing and may require an evaluation by a pediatric gastroenterologists, depending on the severity of symptoms. An elimination diet may also be useful in diagnosis, but be careful in that milk proteins can be disguised as casein and whey etc.
Dr. Zorian Trusewych
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Intolerance/allergy
Since milk has many components, including a sugar (lactose) that 1/4 of kids in the us are unable to digest, some assume allergy when indigestion & cramps, diarrhea from intolerance is the real issue.
Cheddar cheese & yogurt are almost lactose free & a good calcium source most of these kids will tolerate.If the kid has a diverse enough diet and a source of calcium, toddler formulas are unnecessary.

In brief: Intolerance/allergy
Since milk has many components, including a sugar (lactose) that 1/4 of kids in the us are unable to digest, some assume allergy when indigestion & cramps, diarrhea from intolerance is the real issue.
Cheddar cheese & yogurt are almost lactose free & a good calcium source most of these kids will tolerate.If the kid has a diverse enough diet and a source of calcium, toddler formulas are unnecessary.
Dr. James Ferguson
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