Pediatric Gastroenterology and Milk Hypersensitivity or Allergy

Milk protein hypersensitivity or allergy is a diagnosis often used in conjunction with breast milk, cow’s milk or soy milk to describe groups of symptoms seen in pediatric patients, including infants. At GI4 kids we have pediatric gastroenterologists and registered dietitians on staff who can intervene and provide support as needed.

The vast majority of infants with milk protein hypersensitivity are expected to outgrow their intolerance, whereas a handful of them may carry on their hypersensitivity into childhood. These may manifest different forms of food allergies.

For infants with a milk allergy, the pediatric gastroenterologist and dietitian may recommend a breastfeeding mother try a dairy free diet to see if the infant’s symptoms improve. If that is not successful, they may recommend a soy-based formula for the infant. If cutting out dairy and/or switching to a soy formula does not help, the infant may be switched to a hypoallergenic pre-digested or an amino acid-based formula.

For older children, eating and drinking real foods and liquids, avoiding milk may be necessary. Rice, almond, coconut or soy milk may be used instead of cow’s milk as long as the child is not allergic to the proteins in these other milks.

As the leader in pediatric gastroenterology in East Tennessee, GI for Kids prides itself on offering you and your children the best advice and the finest services in Knoxville and the surrounding areas. For more information, contact GI for Kids regarding milk hypersensitivity or allergy, or visit the website giforkids.com under the nutrition tab.