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Posted by: CP | 2009/07/10

Q.

Baby seems allergic to cow' s milk and soy. What now?

Good day Doctor,

My baby is 4 weeks old and she seems to be allergic to both cow and soy milk formula. She has all the allergy symptoms that I read up in my baby book. She is extremely gassy and fussy, has loose stinky stools, has a rash on her face and flaky skin on her forehead. She is hard to settle and doesn' t sleep for long times before crying again. She occasionally vomits. I started her out on Nan HA, which made her fussy and gassy and then I switched to Isomil, which seems to make her worse! It' s since yesterday that she has this rash on her face and her eyes are swollen too.

I tried to read up about goat' s milk, but apparently it' s not allowed for babies under 6 months. There are only stage 2 goat milk formula' s on the market.

What can I do?

Thanks in advance
CP

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your baby does appear to highly allergic and you have given an excellent description of her symptoms. She may have reflux as well.You will need to put her on a very highly modified low allergy formula such as Similac alimentum.

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Posted by: CP | 2009/07/10

Thanks so much! My husband already ordered a tin of Neocate.....I almost fainted! I' ll be keeping the Similac in mind!

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Posted by: Helpful | 2009/07/10

Exactly what I thought! But if you read about it, it is suppose to work wonders! But I don' t think anybody can afford this, so that' s why the medical aid pays.

The Similac Alimentum is also for the protein allergy, and is also expensive (R140 a tin), but I' ve heard people say it is also great. I know 2 other mommies who used it and say its fantastic (apparently is doesn' t taste well but baby must just get used to it)

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Posted by: CP | 2009/07/10

Wow, that is just crazy!

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Posted by: Helpful | 2009/07/10

Just to give you an idea, the neocate is R570 a tin at dischem (yes, you read correctly!) That' s why you should ask your medical aid, it comes from your chronic medication.

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Posted by: CP | 2009/07/10

Thank you, I looked into the Neocate milk and seems like a really good formula!

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Posted by: Helpful | 2009/07/10

Sorry, I mean Put baby on Similac Alimentum.

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Posted by: Helpful | 2009/07/10

But baby on Simalac Alimentum. It' s for babies who are allergic to the protein in milk. Also no milk or soya in it. It is expensive though, but works!!!

Also, try to find out if your medical aid will pay for Neocate milk. It is extremely expensive, but the medical aid pays for it if doctor recommends it. I heard it is the best.

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Posted by: CP | 2009/07/10

Thanks Anon, but I tried the Lactose Free with my boys and we later found out that they were allergic to cow' s milk Protein and not the Lactose. I am also afraid to jump around so much between formula' s. Thanks for your advice though!

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Posted by: ANON | 2009/07/10

READ UP ON NAN LACTOSE FREE

SADLY IT ONLY COMES IS A 400GRAM TIN AND COST R67 TO R70 A TIN, BUT WORKS WELL.

FOR THE GAS TRY BENETTS COLIC MIXTURE.

THE ABOVE COMBINATION WORKED REALLY WELL FOR ME.

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Posted by: CP | 2009/07/10

I also wanted to add that my two older children were also allergic. That' s why I started her out on Nan HA and not a normal cow' s milk formula. The difference is that my two older children did well on HA milk.

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