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Allergies and intolerances

Dairy allergy - any suggestions of foods which are rich in calcium?

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Orinoco · 26/11/2006 23:14

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colditz · 26/11/2006 23:33

scroll down until you see a table of calcium contents

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colditz · 26/11/2006 23:35

might be a better one

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colditz · 26/11/2006 23:37

so it seems a plate of veg is fine, actually!

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Saturn74 · 26/11/2006 23:39

DS2 is allergic to dairy. We use Provamel rice milk as a milk substitute, (much tastier than soya milk, according to DS2) and it has added calcium.
We also get the Tropicana orange juice with added calcium in it.

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fortyplus · 26/11/2006 23:53

I think calcium supplements are the answer, especially if there's a family history of osteoporosis.

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Orinoco · 27/11/2006 11:20

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TooTickyDoves · 27/11/2006 11:22

Sesame seeds, almonds, dark green leafy veg and I think some dried fruit. Try the Vegan Society.

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TooTickyDoves · 27/11/2006 11:23

Calcium enriched soya milk is good too - we like the blue one (but not the one in the chiller as it tastes odd. You find it with the long life milk)

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aDadOnMumsnet · 27/11/2006 11:26

the allergy specialist we see suggested calcium supplements for dd1 who is also 3 and is dairy allergic. We just get over the counter multi-vitamins for kids with added calcium.

And like humphreycushion we buy rice milk with calcium although may not be of use to you if you can't get her to drink milk-type stuff in the first place.

I'm not sure a HV would be able to answer your question tbh. Maybe see a doctor?

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foxinsocks · 27/11/2006 11:28

or a dietician who can assess what her diet is like?

we were never recommended calcium supplements despite dd being milk/soya/egg allergic. We were given a big sheet of all the calcium containing foods - things like sardines, purple sprouting broccoli are very good for calcium levels.

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foxinsocks · 27/11/2006 11:30

not that I'm disputing aDadonMumsnet's specialist advising their dd to take calcium supplements - I just have no idea what criteria they use to decide who needs them and who doesn't iyswim

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hulababy · 27/11/2006 11:34

Friend's 1yo DS has a dairy allergy. He has a vitimin supplement and calcium supplements, recommended by their dietacian. I think friend said that broccoli and spinach are high in calcium.

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aDadOnMumsnet · 27/11/2006 11:36

Agreed foxinsocks. I was a bit surprised when he suggested it as he didn't ask many questions about diet or anything, but seemed to say that there was absolutely no harm in doing it.

But yes, Orinoco, don't do it unless recommended by a medical source that you trust and agree with.

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doormat · 27/11/2006 11:38

sesame seeds are loaded with calcium

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Saturn74 · 27/11/2006 11:43

re: And like humphreycushion we buy rice milk with calcium although may not be of use to you if you can't get her to drink milk-type stuff in the first place.

It doesn't have to be used as a 'milk substitute' drink though. We use it to make bechamel sauce so DS2 can have dairy and wheat free lasagna, or to make a white sauce for fish pie etc.

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aDadOnMumsnet · 27/11/2006 11:45

definitely HC, use it in mashed potatos too etc

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smoggie · 27/11/2006 19:39

chick peas are rich in calcium. DS2 (dairy free) thankfully loves hummous (?sp).

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Orinoco · 27/11/2006 22:09

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Heartmum2Jamie · 30/11/2006 20:23

We also use the provamel rice milk with added calcium. My ds2, who is allergic to dairy, eggs, nuts & wheat is on a prescribed calcium supplement. This wasn't done lightly though, I had to keep a food diary for a week and the dietician then ran it through a computer which worked out all his levels, vit c, zinc, vit b calcium etc. The problem with ds2 is that he is very fissy, has some sensory issues,especially when it comes to food. Calcium supplements are not the easiest of options as it can interfere with other meds and the side effects are not always wonderful. If you can get enough calcium inot her through diet alone, go for it!

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