Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: AL | 2009-03-30

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Rice Milk from Woolworths

My 5 yr old and 2 yr old have allergies to cow' s milk, my daughter had all the necessary tests to prove this, my youngest of 2 yrs has not had the tests but i assume he is too, also he gets a rather runny nose after cow' s milk. I gave my daughter infasoy as a baby then onto Rice milk from woolies as it turns out she is now also allergic to the soya.

Is it ok to give them both esp the 2 yrs old Rice milk? do you think it has enuf calcium? they also eat cheese and the 5y old has yoghurt about 4x a wk - no reaction. My 2 yr old only cheese hates yogh, he does have some brocolli now and then.

Are they meeting their calcium requirements for their respective ages? what else in food form can i give with calcium that they might like? Is there any other nourishing milk alternative i can give them as my 2yr old is a bit too low in weight and i am looking for something nourishing for the winter to get his weight up that will not have cow' s milk or soya and possibly stl have the calcium? any 1 out there know of anything?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your older child is getting enough calcium in her diet. Your 2 year old need additional calcium. You could try goat's milk but you would need to give a multivitamin syrup daily if you use goat's milk.If he does not want this milk and you need to keep him on the rice milk you will have to give him additional calcium.

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Posted by: Karin | 2009-03-30

Hi, the problem with woolies rice milk is that it might contain soya! They say on the ingredients it contains emulsifier(usually soya)...After contacting and emailing them numerous times...they didn' t get back to me...Strange enough, this is one of their few products that DOESN' T have an allergy list on the back...Wonder why? Maybe trying to hide the fact that their ricemilk has soya in it...You can buy much nicer tasting ricemilk from health shops...also longlife that doesn' t contain soya. It' s strange that they can eat cheese and yoghurt though? My son has been of any dairy for 3 years now and resant bloodtests showed that he has no deficiencies...but his iron was VERY low!

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