Formula Feeding Mixed With Honey?
, my child is likely to have cow’s milk allergy, since I stopped I switched to goat’s milk, but just found out that it can cause a cross allergy, what does that mean? Can you add honey if you mix it?
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To find out if your child has a cow's milk allergy, your child needs to be examined by a doctor. If your child is under 2 years old, you should give her breast milk. Breast milk is the best milk that parents can give to children under 2 years old. Breast milk also usually does not cause allergic reactions in children with cow's milk allergy. If your child is over 2 years old, it doesn't matter if he doesn't drink milk, his nutritional needs can be met with a variety of foods. The material that makes allergies to cow's milk is cow's milk protein. Goat milk and soy milk also contain protein, so it cannot be used for children who have cow's milk allergy. The milk that you mentioned is partially hydrolyzed milk. The milk has protein that has been broken down, so it does not cause allergic reactions as heavy as ordinary cow's milk. In children with cow milk allergy which is quite severe, children need to receive a type of cow's milk that is hydrolyzed extensively.
Honey is very dangerous for babies. Honey contains the bacterium Clostridium botulinum which can be fatal in infants whose immune systems are still not as good as adults. A single drop of honey can contain many of these bacteria. Even though it is heated or cooked, these bacterial spores will not die, so the honey content will still be dangerous for the baby. Wait until the child is 1 year old before giving honey. If you have already given honey before, pay attention if your child starts to look difficult to suckle or eat with muscle weakness. If this happens, immediately take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
You should consult with your pediatrician first to find out if your child is allergic to cow's milk. The doctor will explain in more detail the symptoms caused by your child, whether it is in accordance with the symptoms of cow's milk allergy. The doctor will also examine your child directly. If your child is allergic to cow's milk, you may need to give the hydrolyzed milk. Children usually can accept the taste well even though the taste does not seem as delicious as ordinary cow's milk. If your child does not like it, you can transfer his milk needs to other foods, especially if he is over 2 years old. You can ask the pediatrician that you visit the type and amount of food that your child should consume to replace milk needs. The doctor will explain according to your child's needs calculated from the nutritional status. Once again, do not give honey to babies.
That's all information from me. I hope this helps.