How can I know that a baby is allergic to milk protein?
2% to 7.5% of children under 1 year suffer from this allergy
Milk is essential to eating milk during the first few months of raw milk. However, little is known about dangerous allergies.
Dr. George Higuera Benítez, Gastroenterology (*) explains that suffering is the most common allergy in infants and is between milk protein, 2% from allergy and 7.5% of infants under 1 year of age.
What is milk protein?
Pediatrician Higuera states that it is a disease of the immune system that causes exaggerated susceptibility to cow’s milk proteins.
It can occur in the first 6 months of life, the symptoms that it appears are often confused with other diseases.
When eating infant’s milk, the baby explains that this protein is transferred to the baby, so the baby will take this protein directly from infant formula or breast milk directly.
This allergy appears in various forms, but the most common symptoms are as follows.
- Emergence of skin problems such as nutrition and dermatitis
- Diarrhea with mucus and blood
“It is a mixture of symptoms, but the main problem is difficult to diagnose and on the skin that could be confused with allergies to creams and shampoos,” experts are warning.
Likewise, Higuera emphasizes that infants suffering from allergies in the past tend to develop this problem.
If the baby has these symptoms for more than two weeks, this problem has serious consequences such as malnutrition, low body weight, anemia and death, so you can give it to a pediatrician right away It is necessary to take.
If the baby is diagnosed with milk protein allergy, pediatricians need to reduce their derivatives from the first milk and mother to babies they do not pass to the infant.
Likewise, it is important to completely avoid all milk feed from dairy cattle in the first year of infants.
When a baby consume milk from a normal protein formulation, milk should be converted to a protein that has been extensively digested or hydrolyzed.
Experts warn that these prescriptions can be changed only under the supervision and prescription of a pediatrician.
Examine something related to milk allergy
Dr. Higuera states that one of the most recent successful ways to combat this allergy is by probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG).
According to research, this probiotic shortens treatment time, shortens the duration of disease, usually lasts 12 to 24 months.
Probiotic LGG can be included in several infant formulas that can be prescribed only by pediatricians.
It is important that you do not exchange formulas or breast milk for other foods such as almonds or soy milk as you may have a serious effect on your baby’s health.
“It is contraindicated that you should not give this kind of formulation before the first years of life, as it is not designed for the baby’s nutritional needs,” pediatricians warned It is.
Is milk protein and lactose intolerance allergy the same?
Igera suggests that allergies should not be confused with milk proteins. Because the latter has no response to the immune system.
Lactose intolerance causes digestion problems due to sugars in milk but does not cause allergic reactions and is solved by suspending lactose consumption.
Milk protein energy, on the other hand, can last up to a year and is a response to the milk protein of the allergic immune system.
In conclusion, the pediatrician says that if appropriate treatment is given, this allergy will heal and the opportunity to develop other allergies in adulthood can be eliminated as asthma.
(*) Dr. Jorge Higuera Benítez, pediatric doctor with subspecialty in Gastroenterology and Pediatric Nutrition by the Pediatric Hospital of the National Medical Center Siglo XXI