Milk Allergy: Foods to Avoid

by AllergyMom on February 10, 2014

Milk allergy is the most common food allergy in children. It affects 25 out of 1000 babies and toddlers. Avoidance is the most important factor in preventing adverse reactions due to milk allergies.

Federal law requires food manufacturers to label their products to clearly indicate the presence of the eight most common allergens. However, there are some cases where just the ingredients, but no warnings labels, are listed. Parents of allergic kids should thus familiarize themselves with the names of milk and milk-derived ingredients, and the products which most likely contain these ingredients. This is the only way to avoid hidden sources of milk and keep our children safe.

Names for Milk and Milk Ingredients

Following are the names under which a milk ingedient may appear in a food label. Since the ingredient list of many products may change without warning, knowing these terms will help parents stay aware of what's included in any product. You can copy and print this list to carry in your wallet at all times.

* Beta-lactoglobulin
* Casein
* Caseinates
- Ammonium caseinate
- Calcium caseinate
- Magnesium caseinate
- Potassium caseinate
- Sodium caseinate
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The Eight Most Common Food Allergies in Children

by AllergyMom on February 8, 2014

Among the four general types of allergiesfood allergies are among the most prevalent. In the US, 39 out of 1000 children less than 18 years old reported some type of food allergy in 2014. This was an increase of 18% from 1997. The same study found increases in the number of food allergy-related hospital and doctor visits. These numbers appear to support the perception that incidences or at least awareness of allergies are increasing.

Within the broader umbrella of common food allergies, there are many different foods and ingredients that can cause a hypersenstive reaction. Some people are allergic to only one food. Others have multiple sensitivities. What may be safe for one allergic person may be potentially deadly for another. Despite all these variations, eight specific foods have been identified to be the most common.

These 8 foods cause 9 out of 10 reactions in children: cow's milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy. Each of these foods may cause a range of symptoms in an allergic person, including red watery eyes, hives, itchiness, swelling of throat and tongue, and anaphylaxis.

Cow's milk

Milk allergy
is the most common food allergy in children. It affects 25 out of every 1000 kids younger than 3 years. The good news is that 4 out of 5 of these children will outgrow their milk allergy by the time they are 16.

A true milk allergy is different from lactose intolerance. In people who are allergic, the immune system reacts to milk proteins in an abnormal manner. Those who are lactose intolerant do not have the enzymes needed to digest lactose (a major component of  milk). A visit to an allergist is the best way to determine whether you have a milk allergy or lactose intolerance.

Hidden allergens: With milk allergy being so common these days, most foods are labeled with clear warnings. However, milk products and derivatives are used in other non-obvious ways. Examples are non-dairy creamer, skin care products and hotdogs. Some fastfood chains, like McDonalds, add milk derivatives to their fries. Shared fryers also pose a danger of cross-contamination.

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Signs of Food Allergies in Babies, Part 2

by AllergyMom on February 6, 2014

The first time my baby showed signs of food allergies, we didn't fully suspect what it was. He had very dry skin from the time he was born, and would wake up often during the night. The doctor said he had eczema and that was what we focused on for the most part.

He was about 7/8 months old when we truly knew he had food allergies. Up till this time, he was mostly breastfed, except for that one day when he had a bottle of formula and got red all over. I was at work and had left bottles of expressed milk at home. But, we also had formula around (just in case). Of course, we didn't know yet that he was allergic.

I was on my way home when my husband called and said that K1 was crying really hard, was red all over, and had swollen ears. He said the baby just had half a bottle of formula. I knew immediately that he was having an allergic reaction. I have a personal history of food allergies so I knew what it was. I told my husband to give Benadryl, and watch closely for signs of difficulty breathing (in such a case, he HAD TO call 911).

I hurried home, and when I got there, K1 was still crying and really uncomfortable. His ears had thickened noticeably, but my husband said it was less than before the Benadryl. We kept a close eye on him. He eventually settled down to sleep (still with his parents watching for even the slightest hint of difficulty breathing). I don't think I slept that night.

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We called our baby's pediatrician, and made arrangements to see an allergist immediately. Our own pedia referred us to the allergist, having worked with them before. We told both doctors about what happened a few months before this episode. In hindsight, we should have known or at least suspected more strongly that our baby was allergic to cow's milk.

Eventually, we had the tests and everything else in the following months. But we already knew, from the severity of our son's reactions, that he had milk allergy.


Different Types of Allergies

by AllergyMom on February 3, 2014

If you are are an allergic person or living with someone who is one, chances are you know that there are different types of allergies. It's not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Some people suffer from food allergies. Some react to pets, pollen or dust mites. Some, like my family, have multiple allergies.

So today, I'll share what I know about the different types of allergies. Just remember that I'm not a doctor. I don't have a medical background at all. I'm just a mom who deals with these things day after day. What I'm sharing with you is what I've also learned from our family doctor and allergist.

These are the four categories of allergies:

1. Food Allergy

This is the type of allergy that most people hear about in the news. The most common food involved are peanuts, nuts, cows milk, egg, soy, shellfish, and fish. Food allergies can show several different symptoms, such as hives, diarrhea, nausea, and in severe cases, anaphylaxis. [click to continue…]


Signs of Food Allergies in Babies

February 1, 2014

Since this is a new blog, I figured I should start easy and introduce you to my life as an allergy parent. That journey began a few years ago, almost right after my firstborn came along. I had a normal pregnancy, pretty easy actually. I went to see my doctor regularly, took pre-natal vitamins, tried [...]

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Welcome to Allergy Parent!

January 30, 2014

Hi and welcome to my new blog! I'm Allergy Mom. I have two kids. Our family has been living life as fully as we can, despite the challenges of food allergies, asthma and eczema. With this site, I hope to share our journey with other allergy families. My kids will be obviously a big part [...]

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