Childhood Diseases

Posted by: CP | 2009/07/14


Need help. Need to know about Soy allergy.

Hi Doc,

I asked you the other day about my baby who seems to be allergic to soy and cow milk formula.

We started her out on Similac Alimentum yesterday afternoon and it' s now the following morning. We did not sleep at all! She kicked her arms and legs and didn' t really want to take much in per feed. She is very gassy and fussy and the rash on her face seems more red. She is also spitting up small amounts of the milk and then she swallows it back. I know she has reflux, because my older children had reflux and I know the symptoms. She is Zantac for this. Can Zantac cause her to not digest her milk properly?

I am also concerned about a ingredient in the Similac. It says that it contains 8% Soy oil. If my baby is very allergic to soy, would this not cause a new allergic reaction?

And then, how do I know it' s the cow' s milk protein that is causing the problem and not the lactose?

I don' t know what to do anymore. I can' t give her a new formula everyday to try and figure it out.

We are taking her to a pediatrician as soon as we can get an appointment.

I' d appreciate your help so much!

Thank you

Expert's Reply



What is urgently required her eis a proper diagnosis of your baby's problem. She needs to be seen by a paediatric allergist. Please let me know in which area you live and I will try and recommend someone to see your baby.

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Posted by: Dee | 2009/07/15

Hi CP,

Start a new post with this question, bcz Doc wont answer this one, he doesn' t go back to prevs answerd questions.
Include this post number on your subject

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Posted by: CP | 2009/07/14

Went to see the Ped today, he put her on Neocate for a trial run. Have to see him again in 2 weeks. I' m not too happy with this decision, I don' t feel that my questions got answered.

Can you please recommend someone? East Rand area.

Thank you.

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