DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor of any kind! If you have a concern or question about your baby’s health or potential allergies, pleeeease talk to your pediatrician or general doctor!
This is the second post is this “series” on allergens. There are a few common food allergies and intolerances that folks have: eggs, dairy, gluten, and nuts (peanuts and others). So I’ll do a post for each of those!
The official stance on dairy
I tend to follow the guidelines from the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics! So here is what they have to say (click the link to read more):
- introducing allergens early can help prevent food allergies
- a baby is more susceptible to a dairy allergy/intolerance if his parents or siblings have a dairy allergy
Signs your baby may have an dairy allergy/intolerance
NOTE: A dairy allergy is not the same as lactose intolerance!
These signs can show up immediately or as far as 10 days after consuming the dairy. Occasionally they’ll show up a few hours later. (Source: Kids Health)
- loose stools
- skin rashes
- itchy bumps
If an allergy exists, here are some alternatives you can offer
For under a year old, milk isn’t offered as a beverage anyway. Beyond a year, you can offer almond milk, rice milk, or coconut milk. There are other nut milks that you could use, too, as long as baby doesn’t have a nut allergy!
Before a year old, you can substitute breastmilk or formula in baking and cooking. For baking, you can usually swap water in for milk too.
Beyond a year, you can use any of the milks above or continue to use breastmilk.
Other dairy products, like butter and yogurt, can be replaced with coconut or almond products, too. Instead of butter, you can cook with oil.