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Posted by: Alice | 2012-07-03

Milk Allergy

Hi Doc, my son who is 3 year old got sick last week and he couldnt breathe properly, his chest was tight and he had a cough, took him to the doctor who reffered him to hospital and was admitted for 3 days. the paedetrician said he has bronchi pneumonia. he was nebulised and had a drip on for 3 days. they ran some tests and yesterday the results revealed that he is allergic to milk?
i really don''t understand because he has been drinking his milk from birth and he loves it and it has never made him sick before. i don''t know where to start. Please advise on wht i should give him to substitute the milk?

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Dear Alice
I feel for you because it must be so nerve-racking when one's 3-years-old develops bronchial pneumonia. If he is allergic to milk then this could cause a build-up of phlegm in his respiratory tract and make him susceptible to infections. Coping with a cow's milk allergy is not easy, so if you find that you are struggling, please do consult a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will help you with a balanced diet for you son that avoids cow's milk and any foods that could contain cow's milk, but still promotes normal growth and good health. click on 'Diet & Nutrtion' at the top of this page and then on 'Allergy & Intolerance' to read more about milk allergy and lactose intolerance (these are 2 different conditions). You can also contact the Allergy Association by visiting their Website at: www.allallergy.net to find out more about allergies. For 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: mwhildal@mweb.co.za .
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DietDoc

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Posted by: Alice | 2012-07-13

Thanks very much

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2012-07-04

Dear Alice
I feel for you because it must be so nerve-racking when one's 3-years-old develops bronchial pneumonia. If he is allergic to milk then this could cause a build-up of phlegm in his respiratory tract and make him susceptible to infections. Coping with a cow's milk allergy is not easy, so if you find that you are struggling, please do consult a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will help you with a balanced diet for you son that avoids cow's milk and any foods that could contain cow's milk, but still promotes normal growth and good health. click on 'Diet & Nutrtion' at the top of this page and then on 'Allergy & Intolerance' to read more about milk allergy and lactose intolerance (these are 2 different conditions). You can also contact the Allergy Association by visiting their Website at: www.allallergy.net to find out more about allergies. For 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: mwhildal@mweb.co.za .
Best regards
DietDoc

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