Posted By Posting
Jul 30, 2009
Thanks for advice on reflux toddler!
Thanks to all who responded with advice, especially El, who guessed right that he had allergies! We got the blood test results back two days ago, and it showed a milk allergy. I did a major grocery shopping trip and switched to soy milk, gave him soy pudding, etc. Question...within ~12 hours Nathan was more miserable than ever! It is really obvious that he has a constant belly ache. Soy allergy was negative on the blood test. Maybe his digestive system is just sensitive to the soy? I'm not sure if I should give it to him awhile longer, or switch to a different type of milk. Honestly, he has chonic loose stools, so I can't see how a bean derived milk could be a good idea! But I've heard Rice Milk is not as nutrient-filled. Any suggestions? Another ped said the blood test "score" for milk was 0.65 on a scale from 0.35-0.7. But she said don't worry, it might not even be a milk allergy, because the test is often false positive. She said it was up to me if I even want to take him off milk! Does this make sense? It seems like 0.65 is high enough to be pretty sure of the allergy. Can I believe these numbers? Thanks for any suggestions. Last question - can the milk allergy actually be causing the reflux? Does that mean elimination of the allergen should make the reflux decrease? Thanks again for any info.
Jul 31, 2009
I was told the blood test has many false negatives and if they tested positive they were prob. positive. My oldest boy had severe food allergies as a young toddler. They did the blood test and things that he was positive for they told me he was positive. Then they did skin prick for all kinds of other things (even though he tested negative on blood test) and sure enough he welped up big time. Luckily, he was not allergic to soy so we could do soy stuff and he did not have any food aversions, etc. so we were able to get plenty of nutrients in hs diet to keep him in the 90-97th percentile. He was allergic to all dairy, eggs big time, green beans, rice, malt, oats, yeast, tomatoes. He was skin pricked a couple of months ago and only reacted to shellfish and maybe a little on wheat. His syptoms of allergy are gone now at age 5. You may want to check into a toddler hypoallergenic formula. I know Neocate makes one and there are others depending upon his allergies. 50% of kids allergic to milk are allergic to soy. My son was luckily not one of the 50% so that gave us many options. Also you can do rice milk. It does not have the fat in it that they need so it all depends on how much other foods he can eat.
Jul 31, 2009
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
You can fortify the rice milk (if you choose to go that route) or try goat's milk. MPI and MSPI are pretty closely related, so I've seen many mama's take both out of the diet even if one was not a positive result. And yes, the allergies can cause reflux in some. Gotta run - my monkey's awake - good luck!!!
Aug 02, 2009
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
well the calories are not there in a lot of milk alternatives but you can add things with them to add calories and nutrients. you should ask your dr or maybe seek help from a nutritionist.

It could be that his system is in turmoil from the milk and Anything could hurt him now. i would try the soy about two weeks after his system calms down a bit. b/c it takes about 2 weeks for milk to leave his system.

it is possible that milk is the only cause of reflux but it could also be possible that he has reflux anyway and milk made it worse; this was the case with my dd. in any case i would talk to the dr about keeping him on meds until you figure it out

good luck!
Aug 05, 2009
Mom to two refluxers. DS 4.5 years, on prevacid since 5 weeks. Trial wean this Intolerant of dairy and soy DD born Nov 2010. Currently on zegerid. Had stomach malrotation & surgery at 9 months. Avoiding dairy/soy with her while BFing.
I would try taking him off the dairy and soy. A lot of kids who are sensitive or allergic to dairy have issues with soy too. This is the case with my DS. The skin prick tests at the allergiest were negative for everything but he is definitely intolerant of both. Our naturopathic doctor said the blood tests aren't always some people will be negative to foods but have tons of issues when they eat them. Like GI symptoms, headaches, etc. Give it a try and I hope it helps! BTW, we do vanilla rice milk.
Check with your
doctor first!