Childhood Diseases

Posted by: tlee | 2010/04/13


Follow-on formula or milk

Dear Doc
My LB is 13 months. at 3 months he was diagnosed with Cows Milk Protein allergy because as I introduced Nan formula he slowly started to cramp and afer a few days had some blood in his stools. Changed him to NAN HA and in a week he was fine.

About 10 weeks ago we started introducing yoghurt, cheese and other products like marie biscuits and cake (on special occasions) that have milk in them. He has even tasted some of our cereal with cows milk int the mornings without reaction (but this was very small amounts).

He is currently on 3 x 200ml bottles of NAN HA2 per day.

What follow-on formula should I introduce and how do I go about introducing it? I am hesitant to change over to straight cows milk - what do you think? Is it safer to just keep him on NAN HA2?

At what age do they stop needing bottles of milk on a daily basis?

Thank you!

Expert's Reply



You should continue with the NAN HA until your son is at least 18 months old.At that stage he should first have a test for cow's milk allergy done which is called the RAST test. His paediatrician can have this test done. If this test is negative he will be able to have ordianary full cream cows milk from then on. His milk requirements will go down from now on. He does not need more than 600ml to 700ml a day now. By 2 years he will need only 2 cups a day.

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