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How will I know if my child has a milk sensitivity?

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In brief: Several clues:

Diarrhea (especially bloody), constipation, pain/crying, rash, vomiting, and failure to gain weight are all possible clues to a milk sensitivity.
The best test is to stop all dairy and soy (up to 50% cross-reactivity) products; if this takes care of the problem, you have your answer.

In brief: Several clues:

Diarrhea (especially bloody), constipation, pain/crying, rash, vomiting, and failure to gain weight are all possible clues to a milk sensitivity.
The best test is to stop all dairy and soy (up to 50% cross-reactivity) products; if this takes care of the problem, you have your answer.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
if symptoms do not resolve, see an allergist to have your child tested for food allergies
Dr. Anne Maitland
If there is blood in the stool, tellthe pediatrician right away. To check for foods that may have hidden sources of milk or soy, check the foodallergy .org website, or stick to a diet that is based on rice, oats, poultry, fruits and vegetables for 2 weeks. If no improvement of worrisome symptoms, then go to an allergist
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Rash

I assume you mean actual milk or milk-formula since breastmilk sensitivity is much rarer (and is due to foods in the mother's diet).
Symptoms of milk allergy include rash, vomiting, diarrhea, cough/wheezing/shortness of breath, worsening eczema. Many children only have the rash. Milk protein intolerance is a different type of reaction to milk which usually presents with bloody diarrhea.

In brief: Rash

I assume you mean actual milk or milk-formula since breastmilk sensitivity is much rarer (and is due to foods in the mother's diet).
Symptoms of milk allergy include rash, vomiting, diarrhea, cough/wheezing/shortness of breath, worsening eczema. Many children only have the rash. Milk protein intolerance is a different type of reaction to milk which usually presents with bloody diarrhea.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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Dr. Jeffrey Lehr
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Allergy vs enteropat

Check ige to milk via skin or blood.
Protein losing enteropathy more challenging in infants.Need clinical and historical presentation.

In brief: Allergy vs enteropat

Check ige to milk via skin or blood.
Protein losing enteropathy more challenging in infants.Need clinical and historical presentation.
Dr. Jeffrey Lehr
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Milk sensitivity

The exact underlying mechanism for food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (fpies) is unknown, whereas allergic antibody ige-induced cow milk allergy and lactose-intolerance are easily diagnosed problems that similarly cause milk intolerance.
You might want to consult a pedi gastroenterologist to help you sort out these confusing issues.

In brief: Milk sensitivity

The exact underlying mechanism for food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (fpies) is unknown, whereas allergic antibody ige-induced cow milk allergy and lactose-intolerance are easily diagnosed problems that similarly cause milk intolerance.
You might want to consult a pedi gastroenterologist to help you sort out these confusing issues.
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics

In brief: Abdominal discomfort

Milk sensitivity is different than milk allergy.
The most likely cause is difficulty digesting some of the milk proteins or an inability to fully digest milk sugar. In either event this can cause abdominal discomfort and in the case of lactose intolerance bloating and diarrhea.

In brief: Abdominal discomfort

Milk sensitivity is different than milk allergy.
The most likely cause is difficulty digesting some of the milk proteins or an inability to fully digest milk sugar. In either event this can cause abdominal discomfort and in the case of lactose intolerance bloating and diarrhea.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma

In brief: Diarrhea, skin,nose

Milk sensitivity can be an allergy which can cause a variety of symptoms including a skin rash, vomiting, diarrhea, or even a runny/stuffy nose or ear infections.
Milk sensitivity can be caused by the inability to digest the milk sugar lactose which causes only intestinal symptoms like diarrhea.

In brief: Diarrhea, skin,nose

Milk sensitivity can be an allergy which can cause a variety of symptoms including a skin rash, vomiting, diarrhea, or even a runny/stuffy nose or ear infections.
Milk sensitivity can be caused by the inability to digest the milk sugar lactose which causes only intestinal symptoms like diarrhea.
Dr. Arthur Torre
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