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What are symptoms for babies who are allergic to cow's milk or soy protein in relation to specialty formula?

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A small number of babies are allergic to cow's milk or soy protein. If they drink cow's milk, they will have symptoms such as:

These babies need special predigested formulas -- also called hydrolyzed or hypoallergenic formulas. The milk proteins in these formulas have already been broken down so baby doesn't have an allergic reaction to them.

  • Blood in the stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Skin rash
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing

From: Choosing a Specialty Formula WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Choosing a Formula."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Infant Formula."

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "Infant Feeding Guide. Chapter 4: Infant Formula Feeding."

O'Connor, N. , April 1, 2009. American Family Physician

BMJ : "Diarrhea in Children."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Infant formula of partially hydrolyzed whey is not the secret weapon for preventing childhood allergy and asthma."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Partially Hydrolyzed Formula to Prevent Eczema."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 09, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Choosing a Formula."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Infant Formula."

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "Infant Feeding Guide. Chapter 4: Infant Formula Feeding."

O'Connor, N. , April 1, 2009. American Family Physician

BMJ : "Diarrhea in Children."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Infant formula of partially hydrolyzed whey is not the secret weapon for preventing childhood allergy and asthma."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Partially Hydrolyzed Formula to Prevent Eczema."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 09, 2018

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