Blood in the diaper – a scary milk allergy symptom

Baby allergies to food

Baby allergies to food may appear as soon as at the second month. The immune system starts giving reactions to anything that irritates the body. It is called allergy reaction to an allergen. Since the immune system is not mature yet at that time, it might persist until the baby is two or three years old. Then baby allergies are usually outgrown.

Milk allergy symptoms

The most common baby allergies come from milk, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. Symptoms may occur in the digestive system, respiratory system, or other areas of the body. One of the scariest symptoms of baby allergies is blood in the diaper. First diagnosis would be the milk allergy. Even if the mother is breastfeeding, the milk protein is still present in the breast milk. In consequence, the baby’s body can respond with symptoms of baby allergies. They can be dermatological, like rash, stuffed eyes or eczema, and they can be also gastrolointestinal; sometimes it is diarrhea, sometimes mucoussy diaper and rarely but still possible – blood in the diaper. Usually the blood appears with small dots for few days. Then the quantity of the blood increases to be, if not treated, bloody and mucoussy stool only. At that point, it can be dangerous and harmful for the baby so when blood in the diaper is detected, the caregiver should contact the pediatrician and take all the necessary measures.

Deal with blood in the diaper

To deal with this type of baby allergies, the breastfeeding mother should consider a ‘no-dairy diet’. It consists of avoiding any dairy products from the diet: butter, cheese, milk, sour cream and yogurt. But some of the dairy ingredients might be hidden. So the mother should always examine the labels with ingredients and avoid: casein, lactose, milk protein, whey, etc. And because the natural calcium from the food is missing in her diet, she should take some supplements. The no-dairy diet should be practiced for at least 14 days, since the milk protein last that long in the system. After that period, the blood in the diaper should disappear. If not, that could mean that the baby allergies come from more food than dairy only or from a completely different allergen. To detect what is the cause of baby allergies, the mother may consider trying the ‘elimination diet’. It consists of cleaning up the body from any allergens and then introducing new foods, step by step. She should start with eating the four least allergic foods: rice, pears, squashes and turkey. After four days, she should introduce a new food, also from the least allergic foods list. Then, add a new food after another four days, like in the ‘four days rule’ when introducing solids food to the baby’s diet. She should make records of everything she eats and write down baby allergies reactions. She will feel weak and have less breast milk. To encourage the breasts to produce more milk, she should pump the breast milk. And again, she should remember to replace missing minerals with supplements, but always consult it with the doctor. If the blood in the diaper persists, most probably she will have to stop breastfeeding and switch to baby allergies formula. If the child is not allergic to soy, the doctor may recommend a soy-based formula. But in the case that the baby is allergic to milk and soy, the baby should be getting Nutramigen or Alimentum. These formulas are prepared to fight baby allergies; they contain protein that has been extensively broken down so it is different than milk protein and not as likely to cause an allergic reaction. In some very severe cases, when the baby is allergic to almost everything, a special formula, made from artificial ingredients is to be considered.

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