I have reviewed the oer questions in the nutrition forum but have a specific one for you if you don`t mind.
My baby is nearly 10 months and eats well. She was weaned completely at 8 and a half months and drinks a partially hydrolyzed cows milk formula.
Last night I needed to cool her dinner rapidly and added a little splash of cow`s milk to her food, which she ate. Around 3 t 4 hours later, she woke from her sleep and seemed to be in pain. (I had considered everything else i.e. too hot, too cold, dirty nappy, over-tired, teethng, blocked nose etc) Even when I picked her up, she still cried. (Normally se would stop crying.) I felt she must be in pain of some kind as she was almot writhing in her bed. It couldn`t be an ear infection as she has only jus finished a course of antibiotics a day ago. She seemed also to be passing mall amounts of wind regularly.
I eventually gave her some Nurofen and she was able to relax and go back to sleep, after nearly 5 hours of being upset ad unsettled.
Q: I am wondering whether the cow`s milk I stupidly gave her could have upset her tummy or caused cramps?
There is a history of foodallergy in the family - My baby`s older sister could not tolerate formua or cow`s milk until she was almost 18 onths, and has since been diagnosed with multiple food allergies.
Thanks in dvance,
It is possible the straight cows milk upset her digestive system, for example it could have been colic. You might like to talk to a nutritionist or naturopath or a good ocal health food store about a baby probiotic. As bub has been on a coarse of antibiotics it can leave their intestinal canal a bit bare and struggling to cope with potential alergens.
So for example she may have reacted to the milk a little more strongly than she might have if all things were equal (so to speak). Probiotics support your first line of immuity in your gut.
Many formulas have probiotics but it could be an issue of how much as to how useful they are in some cases.
Milk can cause a reaction in two ways, i) lactose intolerance and 2) cows milk protein allergy, its hard to say if there is an issue, however that baby is doing fine on a hydrolysed formula tends to suggest its not an allergy. Lactose intolerance can be tested easily from 3 months of age.
If you wanted to read more on allergies I have some tip sheets on Huggies the links are:
Allergies and Intolerances
Follow the links through to see info on specific reactions.
So as you eluded hold off on the cows milk until after 12 months and trial it slowly.
I hope that helps, if ings continue or you are still concerned pop into your GP for a check of things.
All the best,