crazy milk allergy?

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crazy milk allergy?

So I've always been suspicious of Owen having a sensitivity/allergy to cow's milk. I've noticed a rash around his mouth when given various dairy products, and he is very gassy and also has a moderate eczema problem.
WELL, I was eating mac n cheese for dinner last night (DH worked late haha) and I was nursing Owen at the same time. I dropped a few pieces on him and they tumbled down his tummy and onto his thigh. I picked them up and sort of wiped his skin with my finger. A few minutes later I look down and there are welts where the food touched his skin!!! Josiah had a dairy allergy, but that never happened! Obviously I am going to need to cut dairy out of my diet if I want to continue nursing, how could I not? My poor baby!
Has this happened to any of you? Does this mean he has a pretty severe milk allergy, or just very sensitive skin?

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Wow! That's a big reaction! But I think it's coupled with sensitive skin because if his reaction to dairy was that strong I think his others symptoms would be way worse.

Definitely give up dairy for a bit I'm sure it will clear up his excema and gas. But keep in mind it can take a couple of weeks to get completely out of your system. And there is dairy in lots of different foods so make sure you read labels if you're trying to eliminate all dairy, though you may get away with hidden dairy if those are his current symptoms and you ARE currently eating dairy.

I thought Simon may have a dairy allergy when he was younger due to gas and reflux and it was hard to completely cut dairy, but you get used to it after awhile. I even started to like the vanilla rice milk I bought and even after determining that dairy wasnt bothering him I would buy it because I liked it better! Smile

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If the milk caused that, then that's a really strong reaction to something that has just caused a little gas/rash in the past. He might have had a reaction to something else in the mac & cheese. Was it from a box or homemade? I think artificial food colorings can cause nasty reactions like that.

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WOW! That is crazy! At least you figured it out!!! KUP on what happens!!!

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

If the milk caused that, then that's a really strong reaction to something that has just caused a little gas/rash in the past. He might have had a reaction to something else in the mac & cheese. Was it from a box or homemade? I think artificial food colorings can cause nasty reactions like that.

I was thinking this too.

Not that you want to cause him discomfort but you could always test a tiny area of skin with a drop of milk and see if a similar reaction occurs again. I'd think that if it was the dairy causing the issue that it would have happened before when he consumed it or during your nursing realtionship.

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"jolly11sd" wrote:

I was thinking this too.

Not that you want to cause him discomfort but you could always test a tiny area of skin with a drop of milk and see if a similar reaction occurs again. I'd think that if it was the dairy causing the issue that it would have happened before when he consumed it or during your nursing realtionship.

I think that's what surprised me about it. It seemed like a pretty strong reaction to me, and I've not watched my dairy intake really at all. The mac and cheese was Annie's brand, so no preservatives or food coloring. There still could have been something in it though.

I think I will put a drop of milk or perhaps some cheese on his skin, just to see what happens. I have Kaiser and I mentioned to them that a milk allergy was suspected and they looked at me like I was either crazy or unintelligent. So...I think I'm on my own as far as the allergy investigation goes haha!

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My DD is pretty allergic to cow's milk. She gets the rash you described around her mouth whenever she has any dairy, and it starts to spread all over if she continues to consume it. It also seems to bother her tummy somewhat. Though she is usually okay w/ small amounts of cheese. But I have never had her react in the way you described to dairy touching her skin. Crazy!