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Can a Baby Be Allergic to Formula?

Can a Baby Be Allergic to Formula?

Can a Baby Be Allergic to Formula?

 

Your baby has a few choices when it comes to their nutrition.  What happens if your little one is allergic to the food they eat?

 

The most recommended food for your infant is mother's milk.  The next best thing is infant formula.  Both of these are broken down so that it is easy for your baby to digest since their digestive system is very immature.  However, there are some children who develop allergies because of the foods they eat.  Less than 10% of babies will be affected by this food allergy. 

 

What Can My Baby Be Allergic To?

The most common food allergy that babies endure is milk protein allergy.  The milk protein called casein is found in cow's milk.  This allergy is not exclusive to formula-fed babies because casein is found in breast milk, especially if you are drinking cow's milk while you are nursing.

 

How Early Can A Baby Show Signs of an Allergy to Baby Formula?

Allergic reactions can show in the first two weeks of life, but it can also take a few months.  This is dependent on the severity and sensitivity of the allergy.

 

 

What are Symptoms of Milk Protein Allergy?

  • stomach cramps
  • loose stool and diarrhea
  • bloody stool
  • vomiting
  • hives and swelling
  • difficulty breathing or anaphylaxis

 

 

How Does a Baby React if They are Allergic to Baby Formula?

  • cranky
  • spits up after feedings
  • irritable, especially after feedings

 

 

What Baby Formula Can I Feed My Baby Who is Allergic?

Once your baby has been diagnosed with a food allergy by your pediatrician or allergist, they will discuss options with you.  One choice is a soy-based formula.  The plant protein will still meet your baby's nutritional needs, and there are more soy options on the market than in the past.  However, between 8-14% of babies who suffer from milk protein cannot tolerate the soy protein as well.

 

Another option is hydrolyzed formula.  While it is made with cow's milk, the proteins are broken down into even smaller particles.  This allows your babies to get the protein they need with less of a reaction that they would get from larger particles.  While your baby will tolerate it more than regular baby formula, it does have a stronger taste or smell that they may not like.  The last resort is an amino-acid-based formula. 

 

If you are looking for an organic baby formula that meets the needs of your little one dealing with a milk protein allergy, HiPP HA Combiotik is a hypoallergenic formula.  Just like hydrolyzed formula, the milk protein is broken down small enough to cause less irritation in your baby's tummy.

 

Holle Goat Milk formula has also been effective for babies who have a sensitivity to cow's milk.  There is less casein in goat's milk compared to cow's milk.  It is also smaller and easier to digest.

 

Both of these organic formulas are organic and are free of chemicals and other allergens that can cause more problems during this developmental stage of your baby's digestive system.

 

 

Other resources:

https://www.hipp.co.uk/advice-centre/milk-feeding/cows-milk-protein-allergy/

https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/milk-protein-allergy-formula-options#5