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Soya milk formula or lactose free formula to help eczema problem?

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Jostones Sat 28-May-11 21:27:01

My ds has had really bad eczema on his chin, neck and chest since a few months old. He is now 10 months and we have been referred to a dermatologist as none of the creams are helping. Our apointment is not for a few weeks so I thought I'd try taking him off cows milk formula and all dairy to see if it makes a difference. I have put him on SMA soya milk formula but I wondered if I should be trying lactose free instead. I checked with a health visitor and she said that I could try soya milk as it was part of a varied diet. I get really confused with all the different terms like milk protein, lactose etc. I'm also concerned that he could be allergic to soya. Does anyone have any advice? He seemed to be getter a lot better after a week off dairy but today he is very red again and is really scratching

orangehead Sat 28-May-11 21:35:04

My brother has put his ds on this due to his eczema. He said it has really helped. It not cheap but he has managed to get it on prescription he had bit of a struggle to get it on prescription but they did in the end.

NomadInNowhere Sat 28-May-11 21:39:58

You shouldnt really change his milk unless you have seen a Dr/dietician really. Often kids allergic to milk are also allergic to soya so it may not help anyway. If it really is the milk causing the problem then they will prescribe a special one for him when you see them. Usually there would be other symptoms too, tummy pains, bringing up the milk, possibly breathing problems and a reaction after drinking the milk.

Jostones Wed 01-Jun-11 20:37:04

Thanks for your replies. We saw the doctor yesterday and she though soya formula was a good idea and told me to beware of milk creeping in to other food. She told me to keep a food diary which I am about to start.

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