Infants’ food allergies are not contagious; they are not transmitted from one person to another or from animals. Kids who are genetically or hereditarily predisposed to developing such a disease are the first to develop allergy symptoms through repeated contact with allergens.
That is, it is not the disease itself that is inherited but only the propensity for it. The consequences of milk allergies in children (see here) affect the health and well-being of the baby: babies suffer from bloating, constant and chronic gas, they cry incessantly and burp frequently; some newborns suffer from nausea after feeding and constipation, says Nice.
Can a baby be allergic to breast milk?
Alas, even a newborn baby is not immune to it. If you omit hereditary factors, an allergy to breast milk is most often related to the nursing mother’s diet. Therefore, in this case, the basis of the treatment is a careful analysis and adjustment of the mom’s diet. Potential allergens are primarily excluded: cow’s milk (chicken eggs, fish and seafood, mushrooms, nuts, honey, and brightly colored fruits and vegetables. In the first 2-3 months of life, the baby’s digestive system is just developing, and there are no protective enzymes, so the new mother should be very attentive to what she eats. Even better – to keep a food diary. It will make it much easier for you to work with an allergist when making a diagnosis and prescribing treatment.
The doctor’s help is also necessary if the baby is on formula feeding and the mother suspects that components of baby formula cause the allergic reaction. In this case, after examination, the allergist will prescribe hypoallergenic food for the child.
When the hypoallergenic formula is needed?
Babies, especially in the first 3-4 months, are prone to allergies and eating disorders. At this time, the baby’s digestion is just getting used to the new environment, so they often react negatively to the food. If the baby is on mixed or formula feeding, there is a high probability that the formula is causing the allergy. Then a hypoallergenic baby formula is needed.
HiPP HA formula belongs to the new generation of HiPP baby food, and it meets all the needs of babies prone to food allergies.
The baby formula contains practically all the components of breast milk:
- Prebiotics improve the digestive tract.
- Probiotics support a gut microbiome and the baby’s immune system.
- The essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 have a beneficial effect on the baby’s brain and vision development.
The product contains broken-down protein, which minimizes the occurrence of allergic reactions in a baby.
Enfamil Nutramigen is a hypoallergenic formula for babies from birth.
- This breast milk substitute is a therapeutic baby food designed for children with allergies to cow’s milk proteins, diarrhea, lactose intolerance, and stomach pains.
- Effectively eliminates colic related to cow’s milk protein allergy. It contains broken-down protein in its composition.
Similac Expert Care Alimentum can be an excellent option for many babies prone to allergic reactions or lactose intolerance.
- Total casein hydrolysate – the protein is broken down into small pieces, which significantly reduces the allergic reaction to the formula and facilitates easy digestion.
- Breast milk oligosaccharides 2′-FL strengthen the baby’s immune system, protect against infections, and work as prebiotics.
- Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential components for brain development and vision.
- The absence of lactose helps reduce gas and diarrhea, a related concern in lactase deficiency and impaired intestinal absorption.