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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: MARGIE | 2007/08/01

Q.

ALLERGIES?

Can you maybe tell me how accurate are the tests the pathologists do for allergies such as dairy, soya etc. if they are 100% is it necessary for me to keep my seven month old on NAN HA 2 - he does suffer from recurring eczema which has never improved on the NAN HA 2 - I must add that he is NOT doing well on this formula and only drinks between 500-600ml a day - i have
started him on solids but with quite a battle - I tried ISOMIL soya milk but he broke out in a blood red rash - Do you maybe think if i tried another milk maybe he would prefer the taste and drink better? He really is not putting on weight as he should be???

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

If you are talking about the RAST tests for food allergy then the tests are very accurate. If your child is allergic to milk then NAN HA is a good first choice alternative to the ordinary cow's milk formulas. It is not completely protective however. Another good choice usually is a soya formula, but some allergic infants also become allergic to the soya formula-as happened with your baby.There are very expensive completely modified cow's milk formulas available such as Nutramigen or an elemental formula called Neocate, both are for highly cow's milk allergic babies. Another possibility is to find a goats milk formula which is quite difficult. If you do go this route then your baby must take additional folic acid every day. Speak to your pharmacist about a goats milk formula and the folic acid supplement.

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