Normally, infants do not get allergies until, at least, six months after their birth because they are breast fed by the mother. However, they could be allergic to the protein content in the milk called lactose. When an infant develops lactose intolerance, the baby is unable to digest milk. One of the primary reasons why mothers are immediately instructed to stop breast feeding is because breast milk contains lactose. There are several lactose-free supplements available commercially like soy milk, rice milk and hydrolyzed milk. The protein content in any food item is what human beings are allergic to, so apart from lactose intolerance and milk allergy, babies do not get any allergies up to six months. So, consult the pediatrician and chose the best for your baby.
Lactose intolerance is different from infants being allergic to milk.
Babies who suffer from various food allergies are restricted from consuming certain food items until the treatment process is complete.
Milk allergy is different from lactose intolerance. In case a baby is lactose intolerant, he will not be able to consume any food item that contains lactose; but, if your child is allergic towards milk he cannot have any dairy products. Milk is an important source of vitamin and calcium, which are essential for a child’s healthy growth and development. Spinach or any other green leafy vegetables are also rich in calcium. You can opt for calcium fortified food which is available in the market. Read the label carefully or consult your pediatrician. Coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk are also good alternatives. You can also give your child calcium fortified health drinks.
Egg white can trigger allergic reactions too. Egg is rich in protein and your baby will be deprived of that protein if he is allergic to eggs.
In India there are many families who are vegetarians and those kids are not deprived of any protein. Pulses, nuts and milk are also rich in protein and will supplement the absence of egg’s nutrition from your baby’s diet. This is applicable for any non-vegetarian food item that your baby is allergic to; like fish or meat.
Soy allergy is also common among children. But for those who eat a balanced diet of fruits and vegetable every day, wholesome nutrition should not be a problem.