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Posted by: Racoon | 2010-06-02

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Child allergy to milk

Dear Paed

This is an embarassed question...our 16 months old (posted previously about sudden milk allergy) has started waking every 2 hours and then wants his bottle with milk or tea, not water. I know we caused it by giving him the bottle to get him to settle down quickly, so it is our fault. I thought I''d do some sleep training as I did with his older brother at the same age, but it was a disaster. I gave him his full bottle at bed time (19h30) and then water at about 22h30. He took a few sips and slept. Woke up 2 hours later, tried to shush him, gave the water which was smacked out of my hand and then the tantrum started. He screamed for 90 minutes, arching his back and smacking away the water bottle after tasting that it wasn''t milk or tea. I stayed with him trying to calm him by shushing, patting, picking up etc., but to no avail. Eventually, at 02h00 gave in and gave 100 ml tea. He then slept till 06h30 (his usual time). I really don''t feel up to doing that again, as it was very distressing for the little guy, myself and my husband. Last night gave bottle again, and he''s ofcourse back to waking every 2 h and demanding his tea. We are exhausted, and me being 6 months pregnant isn''t helping in the equation. Please - any suggestions?

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