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lilKelBel Fri 29-Jun-07 10:36:37

Hi

Cow's milk protein sensitivity??
My DS began screaming in the middle of the night a few weeks back (at 15mo old) and we could not comfort him the usual way. It seemed to pass after about an hour but it really sounded like he was in pain of some kind. It didn't appear to be teething - or anything specific for that matter. It's been suggested that it could be the bottle of cow's milk he had before bed.

My questions: he had been drinking cows milk for six weeks - why would the problem suddenly appear? Is there a 'cumulative' effect? Also, he eats loads of cheese and yogurt with no problem during the day. Why would it only be liquid cows milk?

Lactose overload??
Now for DD. She is 1 mo old and very, very windy. It wakes her up, it gives her lots of pain. Her poos were rather liquid and green. The osteopath suggests it's her formula and/or the lactose in it, and suggested goat's milk formula.

My questions: there is actually lactose in the goat's formula - why would that lactose be digestible but not the cow's formula lactose? If she has insufficient lactase, won't any kind of lactose be a prolbem? Also, If I put colief (lactase drops) in the cow's milk formula, doesn't this solve the problem, and remove the need for goat's milk formula? I'm now giving her goat's formula with colief in.
(infacol already in use and helping somewhat)

sniff Fri 29-Jun-07 10:44:16

to much lactose = green poo bf babies can get this to I would say try soya formula milk for lactose intolerance

my ds had Lactose intolerance but his seemed to be a culmitive efect from what he had eaten/drank but worse when he drank it than if it was yoghurt

sniff Fri 29-Jun-07 10:45:28

colief wont stop the intolerance from lactose if you se your GP and explain they give you prescriptions for the milk for the baby

terramum Fri 29-Jun-07 12:21:16

Re your DS - Could it have simply been a night terror/bad dream & nohting to do with the milk at all? My DS started having them at around the same age.

Not really sure re your questions but I do know that lactose is present in all milk human, cow, goat etc. Lactose = milk sugars iirc....it may be your DD is sensitive to cows milk proteins or a partucular ingredient in the formula. Have you spoken with your HV or GP re this?

terramum Fri 29-Jun-07 12:21:16

Re your DS - Could it have simply been a night terror/bad dream & nohting to do with the milk at all? My DS started having them at around the same age.

Not really sure re your questions but I do know that lactose is present in all milk human, cow, goat etc. Lactose = milk sugars iirc....it may be your DD is sensitive to cows milk proteins or a partucular ingredient in the formula. Have you spoken with your HV or GP re this?

terramum Fri 29-Jun-07 12:22:16

Sorry DS jumped on me just as I hit post

lilKelBel Fri 29-Jun-07 13:09:45

hi yes saw my GP today - she never heard of lactose overload and doesn't think it's lactose intolerance. Frankly she didn't seem to know much about infant formulas as she mistakenly said I should 'add infacol to the milk' when it's colief that's added to milk ...

Guess I have to wait a day or two to see if the colief and/or goat's formula makes a difference. I think there is an improvement but not totally convinced yet.

Next step will be trying colief in a 'normal' formula to see if it's equally as good as goat's formula. Goat's formula is blardy expensive !!!

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