Our expert says:
Your poor lad. I think he is very hungry because rooibos tea without milk and sugar contains zero kilojoules, whereas he was getting plenty of energy from his milk before! No wonder he eats 2 bowls of food at one sitting. Now what you need to do is to make sure that he is getting enough energy from fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, bread, porridge, etc for the 2 weeks that he is off the milk and even a little longer until his cold has completely cleared up. Give him the rooibos for his liquid intake, but keep in mind that it does not contribute to his energy needs. Then when he is 100% better (no colds, no phlegm, no petechiae, no runny nose, etc), reintroduce a small quantity of his previous formula for a few days. Monitor how he reacts - does he get chesty again, does he get a rash, etc. If not, then you can start him on the Lactogen again for a month or so. Then slowly introduce cow's milk (you can dilute it a bit) and monitor his reactions. If no reactions occur, then well and good, but if he does at any stage of this reintroduction of milk revert to his symptoms, then you may have to exclude cow's milk for a longer period. In such as case it is VITAL that you give him another source of calcium such as calcium-enriched soy milk (buy in supermarkets but check to see if it contains about 1 mg of calcium per ml of milk) or a paediatric calcium supplement (ask your chemist for a complete calcium substitute if he does not use any milk - cow's or soya) otherwise his bones and teeth will not grow properly. Also click on 'Child' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition' and read the articles on "Diets for Toddlers" to see what and how much your lad should be eating to prevent him from getting hungry and to ensure that he grows normally.
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