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9 month old came out in hives after cheese

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3in2years Wed 02-Jan-13 20:59:11

I'd suspected dairy issues with my 9 month old. I have 2.5 year old twins who both struggle with dairy. Baby is breastfed, she was quite sicky until about 6 months, she's very windy in the evenings. Seems worse when I've had lots of dairy although I'm not certain of this.

For about 2 months she's had a small amount of cows milk on her porridge with no obvious reaction.

She tried a small piece of cheese for the first time last week and immediately came out in hives on her face and hands.

If anyone has answers to any of the following questions I'd be very grateful.

Does this mean a definite dairy allergy or is there anything else in cheese that could cause a reaction like this?

My older children have soya milk. Is this ok in small amounts for under 1's (just on porridge)?

If anyone else has been in this situation, how did you go about reducing the milk feeds? Dd seems to be ready to drop her mid morning feed which would leave 3 breast feeds per day and an occasional night feed. I'm concerned that with no cheese/yogurts/other milk in her diet she'll be missing something.


NaiceAm Wed 02-Jan-13 21:03:44

I don't know the answers to your questions but I would go and see your GP and see if you can get the baby allergy tested. I would also get some child antihistamine from a pharmacy and keep it with you in case the baby has a reaction again.

JoleneB Wed 02-Jan-13 21:35:30

definitely go to your gp for a referral to paeds wink

Seriouslysleepdeprived Wed 02-Jan-13 22:19:30

My DS had a cows milk allergy & is also 9 months. I use kara milk as a substitute but there are lots others, oat, almond milks etc. DS has problems with soy too which is quite common with CM allergies.

DS has broken out in hives a few times since weaning with various foods. The GP wasn't helpful tbh but might be worth a visit anyway. They advised against anti-histamines at this age but to call an ambulance if he starts swelling etc, which is common sense really.

trixymalixy Wed 02-Jan-13 23:28:36

My niece reacted to cheese but not to other dairy products, not sure why!

Under 2 if not breastfeeding then hypoallergenic formula is recommended, although there is an alpro milk for age 1+ which is fortified.

If you're mostly going to continue to breastfeed then plenty of leafy gren veg, oats, and fish like sardines and anchovies will help.

I would get a referral from your GP. My two were prescribed anti histamines at 6 months old, so your GP should prescribe them if not I'd buy some just to be on the safe side.

3in2years Thu 10-Jan-13 21:39:30

Thanks for all of your advice.

My gp has never been very helpful over food allergy /intolerance issues with my older children. I'll take dd though, I suppose it's worth a try.

We got some Kara milk, I really like it! Dd is happy with it on her porridge along with 3/4 breastfeeds a day. I've checked her weight this week and she's still gaining quite well so she must be getting enough food overall even without the fatty cheese and milky foods.

Thanks again.

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