Do you have a baby with cow’s milk allergy? Then it is best to act quickly. You could start by giving hypoallergenic formula or soy milk formula, and cut off any food containing cow’s milk from their menu – or your own menu – if you still give exclusive breastfeeding.
What if the milk allergy in the babies is being handled late? The allergy symptoms that affect their digestive tract, respiratory system, and skin will further disturb their activity and development if not handled immediately.
In the digestion system, for example. Flatulence, abdominal pain, or colic that often appear will greatly disturb your babies. They will become fussy and certainly disturb your mind and activities. It will not only disturb their food intake due to frequent vomiting, but also can irritate their esophagus.
The children are also at risk to have a decreased appetite – even fear of eating – resulting to the milk and food are being wasted. Chronic diarrhea will be very troublesome because you have to change diapers frequently and risk of causing irritation to their butt which will need further treatment. Moreover, chronic diarrhea will cause the intestine to unable to fully absorb the nutrients, so your children are at risk of getting weight loss and stunting.
Symptoms of respiratory disorder such as frequent coughing, cold, and sneezing – especially at night – will greatly disturb you and your children’s sleeping time. They will be fussy and wake up restless in the morning. If they are already in school, this will certainly obstruct their performance in learning and doing activities. Asthma, especially if it is severe, will be very worrying. All parents will certainly be panicked if their children are experiencing asthma and wheezing when breathing.
In severe asthma, if being handled late, will have fatal consequences. Swelling in the vocal cords can also be fatal if the airway is completely blocked. In addition to these two, the most fatal thing that can happen is anaphylactic shock which can cause a death in a short time. The sufferer will be feeling weak, having cold sweats and weak pulse, decreasing blood pressure, until losing consciousness.
Red rashes on the skin, also called atopic dermatitis, can occur in all parts of the body, most often on the cheeks. The rashes are itchy and making the children to keep scratching, which will eventually cause infectious wounds. Besides that, the itching can also interfere with their sleep and activities. From all of the above consequences, then an immediate action, when knowing that your children are having allergies, is your top priority.