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How to cure milk protein allergy leading to underweight?

Hi. My 7 month old baby gets rashes on her face when she is fed lentils, chicken or wheat flakes. Se is also suspected as having a cow s milk protein allergy as she was getting blood in her poop. She is due to have an allergy test in Jan 2012. I have been instructed not to give her any diary and that I stay away from dairy as well as I am still breast feeding her. She has not had any dairy since birth and is refusing to drink allergy management formulas from a bottle. She is now underweight for her age. Can you please advise if I can continue giving her something rich in protein like meat, lentils etc. as these are causing a rash on her face as well. Thanks
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Hi...I went through the history points you have provided -
I was expecting that there should have been a history of cow's milk and formula feed (this too contains cow's milk protein) given to the baby. I feel that your baby is having cow's milk protein allergy. Usually babies grow out of this sort of allergy by 1 year of age.
My suggestions for you -
1. Mother should go off cow's milk protein completely. This means that you should avoid consumption of anything and everything related to cow's milk - like - milk/ curds/ ghee/ butter milk/ chocolates/ biscuits/ ice creams etc. Even while buying commercial food products, you need to see the ingredients and if they contain milk - do not consume them.
2. Feed you baby only exclusive breast feeds till 6 months of age and then start rice based feeds.
3. If this is followed scrupulously - the baby will stop having diarrhoea in another 3-4 days and then start gaining weight too.
4. If you feel your feeds alone are inadequate for the baby, then Zerolac is the only option till 6 months age.
I request you to keep me posted about the recovery of the baby and follow of the case.
Regards – Dr. Sumanth
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