Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Joan | 2010-06-26



Hi Dr, I have a 7 month old son, who is currently being breastfed and is on solids. He has been on solids for about a month and a half, shortly after starting solids he became ill (upper respiratory tract infection). 3 Weeks later he was on his way to becoming ill again, although this time we caught it early and he only got the sniffles. Since he was sick the 2nd time I have been boosting his immune system by giving him reuterii drops everyday for about 3 weeks. During this time, he has not really been sick but has definetly had a blocked nose a lot of the time, and also is a bit sniffly. He does not go to creche as i look after him. Could all these symptoms be allergy related?? Are breastfed babies not supposed to be less allergy prone?? Should his immunity not be better because he is breast fed? Also he is currently getting 1 bottle a day (lactogen) as i want to start weaning him from the breast slowly, but all his other feeds are solids and breastmilk still. Could the lactogen be causing an allergy? How will i know if he is allergic to the milk (he has been on the bottle a day for about a month only)? thanks!

Expert's Reply



One important bit of information you did not give me is whether you have allergies in your family. The fact that you breast feed your baby is helpful in making allergies slightly less likely and definitely less severe. Breast feeding also does help in preventing your baby from getting eczema.His general immunity is also improved by breast feeding but again this will depend on circumstances eg being at a creche-fortunately he does not.Your baby's blocked nose which has only started since he has been on one bottle of Lactogen daily and solids is highly suggestive of an allergy being the cause of his stuffy nose.He may have a cow's milk allergy or possibly a wheat allergy,if he has been getting wheat based cereals.Change the Lactogen formula to NAN HA and see if he is less snuffly. Also make sure that he does not get any wheat in his cereals. Only use a rice cereal such as the Purity rice cereal. If his nose improves then he is very likely to be allergic to one or other of these foods.

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