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Some babies are allergic to the food that their mothers take. This is very rare.
Some babies may be sensitive to certain foods like milk and dairy products. These babies may not be allergic to their mother’s milk but may be allergic to the proteins that she passes in the breast milk after consumption of dairy products like cheese etc.
Milk allergy is commonly associated with allergies to eggs and/or peanuts as well.
Some of the symptoms or warning signs that indicate a possibility of an allergy in the baby due to some foods in the mother’s diet include:-
Some babies may be born with a condition that means they have deficiency of an enzyme called lactase. This condition is called galactosemia.
These babies cannot break down lactose and galactose sugars to simpler sugars to be able to absorb them. These babies may develop diarrhea, vomiting, malnutrition, liver disease and mental retardation while on breast or animal milk.
These babies may be fed with soy milk or special galactose free infant formula feeds.
When a baby has milk allergy the mother is advised to completely avoid milk and milk products. The mother may be advised to take Calcium supplements along with a completely milk-free diet. Protein, Vitamin A and other minerals also need to be supplemented in the breast feeding mother’s diet.
After the baby is 6 months of age, a skin allergy test with soy protein is performed. If the baby is found to be non-allergic to soy protein, soy milk can be introduced slowly. If soy protein is not tolerated calcium-fortified rice drink can be advised as an alternative after six months of age.