How to Feed a Baby With a Milk Allergy

Overview

An allergy to cow’s milk is the most common type of food allergy among young children, according to DrPaul.com. This can be a major roadblock to parents as they try to wean their child off breast milk or formula. However, most babies outgrow their milk allergies by the time they are two or three years old. If your child has a milk allergy, it’s more than likely a temporary problem, and one that can be controlled through a dairy-free diet.

Step 1

Switch your baby from milk-based formulas to soy-based formulas. Any type of cow’s milk product will affect your child if it contains the protein that many babies are allergic to.

Step 2

Stop consuming dairy products if you are breastfeeding your child. Even if you are not feeding your child with cow’s milk directly, research has shown that the proteins in milk can make their way through your system and into breast milk, causing reactions in children.

Step 3

Eliminate all cow’s milk-based dairy products from your child’s diet. This includes cheeses, butter, yogurt, ice cream, and any other products made with cow’s milk. Replace these products with soy-based products, such as soy milk. You can also try alternative dairy products, such as those made from goat’s milk.

Step 4

If your child’s allergy is extreme, you can get prescription medication to treat it. Antihistamines and epinephrine are the typical prescription treatments for this allergy, according to HealthGuidance.org.

Tips and Warnings

  • If your child is allergic to cow’s mile, it’s recommended that you keep antihistamine medications in the house to treat allergic reactions.

    Most babies can consume products cooked with milk as an ingredient. When the milk in the products is heated, the protein that causes allergic reactions is denatured and rendered ineffective, according to AskDrSears.com.

About this Author

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the “Omaha World-Herald” and “New York Newsday.” Croswell received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska.