Table of contents:
- Tips for Overcoming Cow's Milk Allergy in Children
- Tackling Children's Nutritional Needs in This Way
Cow's milk allergy is the most common food allergy in children, especially those under 3 years old. This problem should not be underestimated and needs to be handled properly, because children need nutrients from milk for optimal growth and development
Cow's milk allergy is a condition in which the body's immune system overreacts to the protein content in milk. Children who have a cow's milk allergy will usually show symptoms in the form of itching, vomiting, wheezing or wheezing, swollen lips, and diarrhea after consuming cow's milk.
Tips for Overcoming Cow's Milk Allergy in Children
If your child has symptoms of a cow allergy after drinking cow's milk, especially if this problem has been going on for a long time, has made him or her lose weight, or has caused the child to experience developmental problems, you are advised to immediately take him to the doctor.
To determine the diagnosis of milk allergy and look for other possible causes of allergies in children, the doctor can perform a physical examination and supporting tests, such as blood and stool tests, as well as allergy tests.
If your little one is diagnosed with cow's milk allergy, the doctor can provide the following handling steps:
Stop consuming cow's milk and dairy products
If your little one is still getting breast milk, the doctor may advise you not to consume milk and other dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt, for a certain period of time.
This is because the milk protein you consume can be absorbed into your breast milk, so there is a risk of triggering an allergic reaction when your child drinks it.
Replacing the milk consumed
Stop giving cow's milk or foods containing cow's milk to children. If your little one consumes formula milk, replace the milk with formula made from soybeans (soy milk) or almond milk.
If your little one is also allergic to both types of milk, usually the doctor will give you a hypoallergenic formula. This milk has been specially processed, so the particle size of the protein is smaller and there is a lower risk of triggering an allergic reaction.
Tackling Children's Nutritional Needs in This Way
Several studies have shown that children who don't consume cow's milk tend to be deficient in vitamin D. However, you don't have to worry too much.
In addition to providing the milk substitutes mentioned above, you can also meet your vitamin D needs from nutritious foods, such as spinach, broccoli, soybeans, tofu, fish, mushrooms, seafood, and eggs.
In addition to consuming these foods, vitamin D intake can also be met by inviting children to sunbathe or play outside, so that they are exposed to sunlight in the morning. To be safer, you can invite your little one to sunbathe before 10 am for 10-15 minutes, 3 times a week.
Don't worry, if your child is diagnosed with cow's milk allergy. This is because the nutrients contained in cow's milk can also be obtained from other substitute foods, when the Little One is able to consume solid food.
If you are still confused about what can be used as a substitute food or are afraid that your child's growth and he alth will be disturbed because you don't consume cow's milk, you can consult a doctor. The doctor will provide appropriate treatment according to the child's he alth condition.