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Milk allergy(5 Posts)
How difficult is it going to be to get a diagnosis? Should I just do a process of elimination myself? My son 22 months has always been a bit funny with milk trying to avoid it! finally found that cravendale whole milk was okay he would be happy to drink so he's been having that since about 13 months, he's always had runny sticky poo's but I thought it was normal because he was still having milk in the mornings and at night (bad mummy) then I saw my friends little girls poo when I looked after her one day and hers was totally not like my sons so asked if it was always like that and she said that's how it's meant to be (I felt so bad) i then read up on poo's so basically I've let my son have the shits for months and months and for a while now everytime he has milk he is violently sick about half an hour to an hour after....I bloody hate doctors and have been putting off going as I've had bad experiences of being fobbed off with minor illness diagnosis for weeks and weeks and even being refused an appointment because i was "over reacting and you shouldn't keep coming back for the same thing" and doctors explaining what a common cold was when actually he had a serious case of whooping cough and was very very unwell and ended up with a stay in hospital!
What should I do? And what will the doctors tell me to do?
Sorry for bad spelling or grammar on my phone!
Go to the doctor, explain that your son has been violently sick when he's had milk, and ask to be referred for an allergy test. You may have a bit of a wait, but in the meantime cut out all milk - cheese, yoghurt etc. If he's gone from having runny poos when drinking milk (an intolerance rather than an allergy) to being violently sick (an allergic reaction) the next reaction could be even more serious.
Be very specific about how many times it has happened (the sickness), and try to think of everything else that he'd eaten on those occasions, as he may be allergic to something different.
A diagnosis is actually quite straightforward - the hospital do a skin prick test and see if your son reacts.
equally this could be an intolerence to milk problem and you may need help with a dietian.
I would go to your surgery and see the youngest trained gp, and ask them for help. you could plan ahead and take a stool sample, or take a photo of the loose stools with your phone!
good luck and keep on badgering the gps to get the help you need.
Keep a food diary, along with any symptoms. Take photos of dodgy poo. Go to the doctor and ask to be referred to an allergy clinic. First GP I saw looked non-plussed and prescribed piriton, saw another one because of DS's eczema and told her about the reaction and she was lovely and referred us to the local hospital with the shortest waiting list for the allergy clinic. So keep hassling them and don't take no for an answer.
Ask your Mum and MIL for any family history, we didn't find out for a while that BIL had had a milk intolerance when he was little because MIL was visiting abroad about the time DS started reacting to food.
Might be worth going via your health visitor too? I know my GPs have been worse than useless (indeed I'd count them more as being downright obstructive bordering on malicious in their dogged determination to dodge the requested neocate prescriptions but that's another story)... and it's been my health visitor who's pushed things along to the dieticians, worked through initial changes in diet with us (with us it was changes in formula though) and chased referrals through the system - the GPs very much bounce anything child-feeding related over to the HV team but our area seems somewhat unusual in that regard.
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