Milk Allergy Symptoms in Breastfed Babies – How To Recognize?

Milk Allergy Symptoms

Breast feeding is thought to be one of the most important things that a new mother can do for her baby. A mother’s milk is full of all the nourishment that a newborn baby needs and the act of breastfeeding provides and opportunity for bonding between mother and child that cannot be replicated in any other act of togetherness. However, this natural nutrition delivery system may be virtually impossible if your baby starts displaying milk allergy symptoms.

The good news is that it’s actually very uncommon for infants to have an allergy to dairy. That being said, it does happen, but a basic understanding of milk allergy symptoms will help you more easily identify if you simply have a gassy or fussy baby, or a genuine case of food allergy symptoms. For starters, if your infant is reacting negatively to the dairy in your breast milk, it is a direct result of intake in the mother’s diet. Its cow’s milk not mom’s, that is the problem, and all of that moo-licious dairy that mom has been snacking on could be adversely affecting baby’s sensitive system. Regardless of how cow’s milk makes it into your baby’s mouth however, his or her body will respond the same way in the case of milk allergy symptoms, and that is a full out immune attack on the foreign dairy invaders. Of course, you can’t see this microscopic battle occurring inside your baby’s teeny tiny body, so you are going to have to rely on external cues and clues to help you identify milk allergy symptoms in your infant.

One of the first and most easy to recognize signs is spitting up, however, as many people can attest, many babies are virtual vomit and spit up distributors, spitting up left and right is nothing new to them. Spitting up can also be a simple result of indigestion, over consumption, or sudden movements and can be a harder symptom to identify with. More likely, you will find an allergic skin rash to have appeared on your child that can be one of the first and most compelling indications of a milk allergy. This rash will usually be scaly and if you are still breast feeding, may prove unresponsive to skin allergy treatment, particularly if your milk is chock full of other sorts of histamine releasing foods like chocolate, shellfish and strawberries because these are also passed on to baby.

If you believe that your child is exhibiting milk allergy symptoms, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible, particularly if breast milk is your child’s main source of nutrition. Not addressing milk allergy symptoms can lead to an intensification of existing indications such as gastrointestinal ails, and additional symptoms such as watery eyes and a running nose, hives and a lack of weight gain. It’s important that your child have a medical evaluation at the onset of symptoms to rule out other conditions as well.