Protein Allergy or Lactose Intolerance in Toddlers and Babies: What’s the Difference? This is a common question parents of an infant or toddler ask themselves about. Let’s take a look at these two situations, as well as other conditions that can mimic lactose or milk protein intolerance.
Mom’s question: Could you explain the difference between a milk protein allergy or lactose intolerance in a young child?
My daughter is almost 15 months old. Has been without formula for a few months. I switched her to 2% milk and she seemed fine for a while, but now she throws up curdled milk every morning (very thick); Sorry for being so graphic! It smells terrible, their stools also smell terrible but they are very hard, sometimes like little balls but many of them.
Are these signs of a milk protein allergy or lactose intolerance in young children? Everything I’ve read about milk allergies talks about diarrhea, not constipation and lactose intolerance, it says hives and vomiting, etc.
I have noticed that his cheeks have been very red lately and he has thrush.
Should I give him some kind of lactose-free milk? Or stay away altogether? If so, what should I give him? She loves her bottle at bedtime and even sleeps with it by her side. She always drinks some milk, goes to bed, and then throws up on the way to daycare in the car.
Just frustrated and any help would be appreciated!
Signs of a milk protein allergy or lactose intolerance in young children and babies
After the first birthday, many parents begin to transition their young child from breastfeeding or infant formula. According to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, most doctors recommend giving young children whole cow’s milk. The reason is that milk is a good source of calcium, protein, and vitamins A and D. Whole milk is recommended because the higher fat content is beneficial for the brain.
However, there are situations where cow’s milk is not well tolerated and it also seems to me that your daughter disagrees with cow’s milk. It’s true that diarrhea is a more common symptom of a milk protein allergy than constipation, but hard stools are also a symptom.
In this article…
- Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy – Symptoms, Causes, Different Types
- Lactose Intolerance – Symptoms and Causes
- Is it Lactose Intolerance or Milk Allergy?
- Conditions that Mimic CMPA and Lactose intolerance
- Treament Options
- Pea Milk, Oat Milk, and Nut-based Milks
- Advice for Parents
ALLERGY TO COW’S MILK PROTEINS (CMPA) – SYMPTOMS, CAUSES, DIFFERENT TYPES
A child with this type of allergy experiences a reaction to the proteins in cow’s milk (whey, casein). This condition is seen in two to three percent of children under the age of three. Most allergic reactions occur due to a specific antibody called IgE.; However, CMA can be due to both IgE and non-IgE-related activity. ; These conditions are diagnosed based on symptoms and ruling out other possible causes. Blood and skin tests can provide additional information after 12 months of age, but a milk ingestion challenge is the gold standard.