“Colic” or a Milk Allergy?

Hi There!

Thanks for checking out our blog! My name is April Romano and I am a nutrition specialist for Nutricia North America.

Everyday I get calls from worried parents asking about allergies that affect babies and kids. A lot of the time the pediatrician has told the mom or dad that their baby has “colic.” The baby is usually restless, agitated and it is crying and crying for hours on end with no apparent reason.

No one knows the true “cause of colic.” But many times the baby actually has a milk allergy and that is what is causing her misery. Too often this is overlooked. But when you look at the symptoms you can understand why – many really look like just typical bumps on the road of baby-hood.

You can click here for a list of the eight most common symptoms:

If you have a “colicky” baby and some symptoms look familiar, talk to the pediatrician.

In the meantime, here’s some info on milk allergy:

Babies with a milk allergy can’t process the milk protein chains found in milk-based baby formula, which can cause gastrointestinal, skin and/or respiratory symptoms. To make the baby feel better, you can either eliminate all milk proteins from your diet if you are a nursing or replace her regular milk-based formula with an amino acid-based formula.

So, anybody out there been through this? How did you get your baby’s milk allergy diagnosed? Any lessons learned for other parents in the same boat?

I’d love to hear from you.

Take care,
April

Published: 11/29/2007
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