Alternative to Milk
Category:
Nutrition
Age:
11 mo.
Alternative to Milk
Dear Helen

Mathilde will soon turn one year old, and our GP has prescribed the use of hydrolyzed formula (Nutramigen) due to her pronounced baby eczema. She has been more or less symptom-free for the past six months since we started on Nutramigen. Mathilde is thriving and has a daily intake of approx. 500 ml of Nutramigen from a bottle.

I am convinced that she suffers from milk allergy, as the eczema gets worse with skin itching and flushing shortly after having eaten dairy products, and I will have her examined my our GP as soon as possible.

Can I continue to use Nutramigen after the first year, what would you recommend and how much formula does she need a day?

Should I give her a calcium supplement?

She will soon start in the day nursery where she will have soy milk, is this alright?

Thank you in advance for your reply.

Best regards
Julie


Helen Hansen
Answer

Dear Julie

It is generally recommended to continue to use Nutramigen after the first year for children suffering from milk allergy, as you this way ensure the intake of the important nutrients that milk renders. You may use Nutramigen or Prophylac as an alternative to cow's milk.

The recommended daily dosage of calcium for children aged 12-23 months is 600 mg. I am afraid that I cannot inform the quantity of Nutramigen your daughter needs in order to cover her calcium intake, and I recommend that you discuss this matter with your GP.

I do not agree that your daughter has soy milk in the day nursery, as it is recommended never to give soy milk to children under two years of age.

The National Board of Health indicates that soy milk, oat milk, rice milk etc. have nothing to do with milk and cannot be used as substitution for formula or as valid alternatives to cow's milk. Milk is a natural source of at least 10 different nutrients. Besides protein and calcium, milk contains a serie of vitamins and minerals. The content of protein of soy milk and cow's milk is more or less the same, however, the content of minerals of soy milk is very poor, and the high content of phytic acid impedes the absorption of certain minerals.

I hope this is helpful and I wish you and your daughter the best of luck:o)

Kind regards,

Helen Hansen