Our expert says:
From what you say I would deduce that your lad may be allergic to one or more proteins in milk and dairy products seeing that he reacted to the Nutren Jnr which is lactose free and yoghurt which contains hardly any lactose. It would, therefore, be prudent to avoid all products that contain milk and/or dairy products. You lad does, however, still need a source of calcium in his diet to ensure that he grows properly. You should be able to obtain soya milk and yoghurt at most supermarkets - just check that they have been fortified with calcium to supply approx. 1 mg of calcium per ml of the milk. If this is not the case, then do give him a paediatric calcium supplement (buy at chemist). click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Food-related diseases' to read the articles on milk allergy. Also visit the SA Allergy Association Website at: www.allallergy.co.za . For milk-free recipes you can try the 'South African Cookbook for Food Allergies & Food Intolerance" by Hilda Lategan. Contact
Hilda Lategan, who is also a dietitian, on (012) 546-6410 or send her an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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