How To Cope With 4-year-old Children With Milk Allergy Since Infancy?
.. My child is now 3.5 years old. From the age of 4 months to 3 years she consumed milk. During that time my son often had red rashes on his back and chest. My husband and I thought the red rash was caused by the hot weather / cough at home. When I was 3 years old, my child started consuming UHT milk, and the red rash didn’t appear anymore. But for one month, my child has been consuming bile again and the red house has reappeared. R nSy have read the article about children with lactose intolerance. I want to ask, is my child allergic to milk or lactose intolerance? From the features I read. My child is more allergic to milk. But instead of milk and UHT milk from cow’s milk huh?
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Improper consumption of milk can indeed trigger allergic reactions or lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is more commonly characterized by gastrointestinal disturbances, such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, colic, bloating, frequent urination, and frequent belching. Meanwhile, due to milk allergy, in addition to digestive disorders can also appear other complaints, such as redness of the skin rashes, itching, swelling, shortness of breath, and so on. The condition your child is experiencing is more likely to be caused by a milk allergy, not lactose intolerance.
Milk allergy occurs when the body considers the entry of certain dairy products into the body as a dangerous thing, even though it is not. This allergy can be very much triggered, not only milk, but can also seafood, eggs, beans, or various other types of food and drinks. Just a little food or drink triggers this allergy into the body, then allergic reactions can occur, with a mild to severe intensity. Not yet clear exactly what triggered this allergic reaction. However, genetic and environmental factors are thought to play an important role.
In addition to milk allergy, there may also be a reddish rash on the back and chest that your child has experienced due to other triggers, such as miliaria (prickly heat), scabies (scabies), infections of other microorganisms, excessive back and chest compressions (for example due to the use of tight clothing), contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, drug eruptions, insect bites, autoimmune disorders, blood clotting disorders, and so on. Distinguishing symptoms of milk allergy with a variety of other possibilities as mentioned above is often not easy if it is not accompanied by a professional medical staff.
Therefore, if your child's complaints are often repeated until now, we urge you not to leave them alone. Check with your child to see a doctor, pediatrician, or dermatologist so that the correct treatment is given according to the cause of the complaint. It could also, the doctor directs your child to undergo further tests, such as allergy testing, skin biopsy, laboratory tests, and so on.
There is no requirement for children your child's age to consume milk, whether it's UHT milk or formula milk. As long as your child has no problems with appetite, and as long as his growth is normal according to his age standards, you can minimize the provision of milk if it is feared to bring back symptoms of allergies in his body. Most importantly, make sure your child consumes food with a balanced, varied nutritional value, coupled with adequate drinking. Also improve your child's personal hygiene, including by diligently bathing him, giving him clean clothes, and also making sure the home environment is always in a clean condition. If the rash then reappears on the skin, avoid giving drugs, powder or ointment carelessly, unless prescribed directly by a doctor.
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