Know the Symptoms and Management of Your Little One's Cow Milk Allergy
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Cow’s milk allergy during growth can be a confusing condition. The Little One needs nutrients contained in it, but, on the other hand he/she has symptoms of allergies that would make him/her uncomfortable. Cow’s milk allergies arise because the immune system of the Little One’s body responds abnormally to the protein content in milk. It usually occurs because the body's immune system is still not perfect.
Symptoms of allergies can occur immediately after the Little One consumes them, known as quick reactions or can also appear after a few hours or several days, known as slow reaction. Symptoms that appear, generally, are digestive tract disorders, among others, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and shortness of breath or wheezing.
If the Little One shows cow's milk allergy symptoms, immediately take the Little One to the doctor. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor will perform some tests, such as blood tests, feces examination, or allergy tests on the skin by injecting a small amount of milk protein beneath the surface of the skin.
Mommy does not need to be panic if the results of the examination is positive. Do the following tips to overcome digestive disorders caused by cow's milk allergy in the Little One:
Comprehensive consultation with pediatricians
If your Little One has a cow's milk allergy, doctors usually suggest for him/her to consume milk made from soy protein isolates equipped with probiotics Bifidobacterium longum BB536 and Bifidobacterium breve M16-V and lactulose prebiotics to keep the digestive tract healthy.
Replace dairy products
Other nutritional alternatives that can be given to the Little One include soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk because they are rich in vitamins and minerals needed by the Little One.
Find other sources for vitamins and minerals
Calcium, protein, vitamin D, and B12 are mostly contained in milk. If your Little One is allergic to cow's milk, then you can give him/her a substitute meal like broccoli, spinach, and soybeans to meet his/her needs. Mommy can also take the Little One to play outdoors so that he/she is exposed to sunlight that can help him/her get vitamin D.
Although the Little One is diagnosed to have a cow's milk allergy, Mommy must remain creative and high-spirited in trying to meet the nutritional needs. This must be done so that the health and growth of the Little One can still go well.