Thursday, September 10, 2009

Milk Allergy(dairy intolerance) in babies

A person of any age can have a milk allergy, but it's more common among infants (about 2% to 3% of babies), though most outgrow it. If you think that your child has a milk allergy, talk with your doctor about testing and alternatives to milk-based formulas and dairy products.

A milk allergy is not the same thing as lactose intolerance, the inability to digest the sugar lactose, which is rare in infants and more common among older kids and adults.

Dairy Intolerance Symptoms

Your baby or infant may be having one or more of the following symptoms:

* colicky
* showing signs of reflux
* is unsettled and unable to sleep
* prone to crying fits
* is not putting on weight
* has excessive wind
* stomach pain
* loose stools
* frequently vomits up whole feeds
* diarrhea
* runny, green stools
* raised red blotches on the skin (hives)

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