When I had my first baby I was determined to do the healthiest and best for my new born, so breastfeeding was something I truly looked forward to sharing with my baby. However, it wasn’t the experience I expected. My baby was not the calm quiet suckling baby I saw with other breastfeeding moms. There was constant thrashing, arching, and pulling, followed by hours of inconsolable crying and vomiting. Bowel movements were oily in appearance. I brought a sample to the pediatrician and she had it tested for traces of blood. Sure enough, even though I could not visually see blood, it was there. We went to a pediatric gastroenterologist. After trying soy, lactose free and a partially predigested protein formula, we would always be right back to the full blown painful crying episodes. Finally our baby was diagnosed with a protein allergy. The only cure was a 100% predigested protein formula called Neocate. It was an instantaneous fix! I finally had the calm baby I always envisioned. If your gut feeling tells you your babies excessive crying may be more than small bouts of colic, talk to your pediatrician about protein allergies and insist on having them check for traces of blood in your babies stool. Don’t feel bad, breastfeeding may be best for most, but not for all babies.
Below are signs of what to look for right off the Neocate website:
These are eight signs from Dr. John Moissidis, a Board certified pediatric allergist at The Asthma Allergy Clinic in Shreveport, La., Designed to help parents of infants identify a potential milk allergy.
Also note that if a baby exhibits persistent colic episodes associated with vomiting and diarrhea that last beyond the time period of a common stomach virus (more than five to seven days), parents should consult their physician as soon as possible.
Does your baby have persistent diarrhea?
Diarrhea is common in babies, but if it is persistent (an average of two to four times a day for more than five to seven days) and/or if there is blood in the stool, it could signal a more serious milk allergy.
Does your baby vomit frequently?
Babies often spit up bits of food, but vomiting beyond the typical mealtime regurgitation should be examined by a doctor. Reflux symptoms, such as spit-up and difficulty swallowing, can also be milk allergy symptoms.
Does your baby suffer from skin rash?
There are many causes for infant skin rashes like eczema. Milk allergy is one possible cause, especially if the rash occurs along with some of these other symptoms.
Does he/she suffer from extreme fussiness?
Every baby cries, but crying continuously and inconsolably for long periods of time is abnormal. When there is no apparent reason, this is usually called colic. Sometimes this extreme fussiness is actually caused by the gastrointestinal pain resulting from an allergy to milk proteins.
Has your baby experienced a low or no weight gain?
Most infants double their weight by six months and triple it by 12 months. Another sign of good weight gain is when babies follow the standard developmental growth charts at their doctor’s health maintenance visits. But when babies are not getting the nutrition they need because of excessive diarrhea and vomiting, they are unable to grow like they should.
Does he/she suffer from gassiness?
All babies have gas, but when it occurs along with several of these other symptoms, it can also signal an allergy to milk proteins.
Does your baby have any respiratory problems?
Colds are common for infants, but wheezing, struggling to breathe and developing excess mucus in the nose and throat is not. For some kids, these respiratory problems can be the baby’s reaction to milk proteins.
Does he/she suffer from failure to thrive?
Babies with milk allergy often suffer from a lack of proper nutrition characterized by dehydration, loss of appetite and lack of energy. This overall failure to thrive is often the result of the other symptoms’ effect on the infant’s body.
I do not receive anything from Neocate for supplying you with this information. Through my own personal experience, I give you this information in hopes of helping parents who may have a baby who is experiencing symptoms that are more than just your basic colic. Remember always consult your baby’s pediatrician for a proper diagnosis.
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