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When did your child grow out of milk intolerance?

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RemindMeWhatSleepIs Wed 01-May-13 11:18:50

My 13 month old DS is Cow's Milk Protein Intolerant and also allergic to soya (diagnosed at 9 months). He's still breastfed and we've pretty much got used to his restricted diet now. I just wondered when your DC grew out of their milk intolerances?

I ask this because the GP advised us to reintroduce cow's milk at 12 months. I've been a bit reluctant as I'm enjoying seeing my healthy DS so much I really didn't want to rock the boat! I'd decided to wait a few more months.

Anyhow, DH slipped up yesterday and gave him a food without checking the ingredients properly. It had probably only a microscopic amount of milk in the ingredients. Poor DS has been up all night vomiting and my washing machine is working overtime once again. The diarrhoea hasn't started yet but I'm expecting that next.

I'm hoping for lots of stories from people whose DC still grew out of it once they'd got past 12 months. Though I'd be happy to hear from anyone.

Stropzilla Wed 01-May-13 11:28:02

Just now at 14 months. Been on pepti jr since 3 months and re introduced just this week. She's been fine and loves it

Sounds like your little one isn't quite ready yet but will get there.

KoreRenati Wed 01-May-13 11:32:03

DS has just started having food with a little bit of cows milk in it. He's just turned 13 months. Has to be small amounts though.

I know from talking to relatives that I was still lactose intolerant until primary school age.

RemindMeWhatSleepIs Wed 01-May-13 16:21:14

Sorry i've not been back sooner, I've been a bit busy cuddling a sicky boy.

Thank you Stropzilla and KoreRenati, hopefully DS will be like your DC and grow out of it very soon.

Happygirl77 Wed 01-May-13 19:48:30

My dd2 had a mild milk intolerance - she came out in eczema round her mouth upon having it with mashed potato when weaning and spat it out when I tried to give it to her as a bm alternative (tried it warm, cold, mixed with bm - nothing worked). That said, she tolerated all other dairy products. She could tolerate milk from age 2 (now 4) but doesn't particularly love it.

My ds is more severely intolerant - sensitive to it (and various other allergens) in bm and still dairy-free at 16 months (sorry!) We did a dairy trial at 14 months and he seemed ok with biscuits, etc with dairy baked in but over several days had a delayed reaction. We'll try again at 20 months!

vvviola Thu 02-May-13 08:28:17

DD2 is still dairy (and egg) free at 20 months. She's had some accidental exposure to dairy over the past couple of months and didn't break out in hives around her mouth, but did have eczema and stomach cramps. She's also still reacting (stomach cramps and bad wind) to dairy through my breastmilk (accidental exposure again). So we're thinking things are improving slightly but not totally yet.

We'll probably get her bloods rechecked at about age 2 to see if there is any change before trying reintroduction. We also need to try to confirm whether she has a peanut allergy too.

MegBusset Thu 02-May-13 08:31:44

DS1 outgrew his milk intolerance at about 2yo so there is hope smile He has multiple other allergies (egg, peanut etc) so it came as a big relief!

dramajustfollowsme Thu 02-May-13 08:41:58

Dd has been able to tolerate traces, in biscuits and cakes since about 14m. Any more than a trace gave her stomach cramps and terrible nappies.
Just turned 2 so I'm going to try again.

Bakingtins Thu 02-May-13 08:53:01

DS was able to tolerate dairy in my diet (breastfed) from about 16m which is also when we got him off reflux meds. He was ok with small quantities of dairy directly from 2 yrs old and at nearly 3 eats a pretty normal diet. We watch the quantities of dairy but not the ingredients, if that makes sense.

RemindMeWhatSleepIs Thu 02-May-13 10:37:55

Thank you everyone. It sounds like quite a few children grow out of it between 12 and 24 months, so there's still hope! smile

DS is feeling a lot better today, he's not vomited since yesterday afternoon and just one episode of diarrhoea this morning.

Dorisday13 Thu 02-May-13 19:48:47

OP did you have to cut soya out of your diet too? Just going through this now with my dd x

MoominsYonisAreScary Thu 02-May-13 19:52:37

We didn't start reintroducing until ds1 was 5, but that was 13 years ago. The only time he's had any problems is if he drinks too much milk, he ends up with the runs.

mimmymouse Thu 02-May-13 20:06:08

DD1 was also breastfed and after she was retested my the consultant at 14mths (diagnosed at 6mths) the CMP Allergy was "gone". I had continued, as instructed by the consultant, to eat dairy, eggs and nuts so it was passed through the bm to her. Then a very, very slow introduction to dairy and no adverse atopic reactions. (It onset as swollen hives.) She is now 29 months. However, too much dairy has an effect on her digestion and turns her poo quite runny. OP, you mention a GP. Did your DC get referred to a consultant? The clinics often have dieticians and fab expert nurses who can help with re-introducing foods. Good luck!

redwellybluewelly Thu 02-May-13 20:17:01

My DD is 33months and was dx at 8weeks and is sadly still sensitive to both CMP and Soya. We do a trial every six months or so but even a trace in baked goods will cause her skin to flare up and tummy aches and wind. She hasn't been exposed to anymore than a trace since I stopped feeding her at 27months.

I tried very very hard while I was feeding her to eradicate dairy but the lure of chocolate or a latte occasionally got too much. I'm pregnant now and hoping that this one isn't intolerant because I do think the years without calcium were detrimental to me. That was the main reason behind weaning DD. Interestingly however since I went back to eating dairy I cannot eat either cheese, yoghurt or ice cream. Milk, chocolate and soya sauce I'm fine with.

scampidoodle Thu 02-May-13 21:16:24

My DS is nearly 3 and his reaction to milk and dairy has worsened over time. He had a blood test about a year ago and the levels of whatever it is they look for were so high that I was advised a couple of weeks ago (first time we'd seen a dietician) that they are unlikely to do a "milk challenge" with him till he's 4 because things are unlikely to change much before then.

Not what you wanted to hear!

sleepywombat Thu 09-May-13 14:34:41

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Pancakeflipper Thu 09-May-13 14:39:41

My DS2 was diagnosed as CMP and Lactose intolerant at 18months old. But he'd suffered very ill health from being born and we didn't realise this was part of it.

He won't out grow it. He had an op last year and whilst he was out of it they took a biopsy. And the consultant said that he will never grow out of it. Said we don't have to do any feeding him dairy to see if he reacts anymore which is good as I absolutely hated feeding him knowing he'd be very ill and in agony for 10 days.

He is now 4yrs old. It does get easier. Apart from eating out and birthday parties.

BlameItOnTheBogey Sun 12-May-13 00:08:58

DD diagnosed at 6 months. She's now nearly four and still allergic. Our consultant told us that the initial advice was that 80% grow out of it by the age of 3 but that now they are revising this to by the age of 10...

thepurplepenguin Sun 12-May-13 21:07:56

My 4 year old is still severely cows milk intolerant but now only mildly soya intolerant. He can have soya baked into foods and about a teaspoon of soya yoghurt (we don't really bother with that though!).

We were told that if they are still intolerant at 3 then there's no point retesting again until about 10.

chloejaynemummy Mon 13-May-13 12:44:07

My lg is 16 months and I'm the same as u she is doing so well on nutramigen formula I really didn't want to upset her by introducing milk products but my oh gave her some biscuits the other week with milk in and so far no reactions Harrah! She was sensitive to soya the alpro +1 made her sick with in a hour of eating it and soya yogurts gave her terrible nappies how ever I was introducing the yogurts every 2 days and she is fine with them now so hoping she will grow out of the milk intolerance soon as well.

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