We have actually provided some answers to those questions here, and when you meet with our experts, we can talk with you more about your child’s diagnosis and treatment.
What is allergic colitis?
Allergic colitis is a condition in which your baby’s body immune system overreacts to the proteins discovered in cow’s milk, causing inflammation and ulcerations (tiny breaks in the skin) in his colon (big intestine). Babies vary in how sensitive they are to milk. Some have very few symptoms, and others might experience blood in the stools if a breastfeeding mother has even a little splash of milk in her early morning coffee.
Who is at risk for allergic colitis?
Allergic colitis isn’t unusual– it affects in between two and three percent of babies. Babies from families with a history of food allergic reactions, asthma and/or ecological allergies seem to have a slightly greater risk of developing the condition.
Why is it a concern?
Allergic colitis can make consuming extremely uncomfortable for your baby, so he might not get the nutrition he requires. In incredibly rare cases, the intestinal tract might get so swollen that food is not able to pass through it, or the lining of the intestine might become so swollen that it’s not able to take in nutrients. If this holds true with your baby, he might need to be fed intravenously (through an IV) until his intestine has actually had time to recover.
What complications are associated with allergic colitis?
Between ages 4 and 6 months, many babies go through a period of reflux (spitting up food), however babies with allergic colitis may have a specifically difficult time with reflux. This indicates that despite the fact that you are following a dietitian’s recommendations about how to feed your baby with allergic colitis as advised, she may still become irritable. This doesn’t imply that her allergies are back.
Medication can help your baby’s reflux up until he outgrows it. This normally occurs by the time he can sit up by himself, around the time he’s 7 months old.
Should I delay presenting solid foods to my child’s diet?
Not at all. Introduce solid foods just as you normally would, when your child is between 4 and 6 months old. Introducing solid foods is important due to the fact that it lets your baby’s body:
become accustomed to new foods
profit of a wide variety of vitamins and minerals such as zinc and iron, discovered in cereal, however not in high concentrations in either breast milk or formula
Tips on presenting solid food to your child’s diet
Keep in mind to check out the components on the label of all baby food you buy to make sure that there’s no milk or soy (as appropriate). Ensure to do this each time you buy the food, since the dishes might alter, even with your favorite brands.
Introduce new foods first thing in the morning, so you can watch for an allergy such as diarrhea, vomiting, rash or irritability.
Present just one brand-new food every three to 5 days, so that if your baby has actually a delayed allergy, you understand which food caused it.
What causes allergic colitis?
Allergic colitis seems to be brought on by a mix of changes to the mother’s body immune system during pregnancy, and the immaturity of a baby’s own immune system. However it’s not yet known why some babies develop the condition and others do not.
There might be a hereditary component, since babies who come from households with a history of food allergies, asthma or environmental allergies appear to be most likely to have allergic colitis.
What are the symptoms of allergic colitis?
Frequently, a baby with allergic colitis appears extremely picky, challenging to console and has bloody stools. Some infants likewise have diarrhea and vomiting, and some may show other signs of allergic reactions, such as nasal congestion or eczema. It’s important to remember that allergic colitis falls on a spectrum– some babies are much more conscious milk protein (and have a lot more severe symptoms) than others.
Q: How do I understand if my child has allergic colitis and if I should take her to a doctor?
A: If your baby is exceptionally irritable, and you see vomiting and gassiness, it’s a great idea to make a consultation to see his pediatrician. Blood in the stool is a sure sign that you should take your baby to see his doctor, who can then refer you to a pediatric gastroenterologist if it’s proper. Ultimately, you understand your child best, and shouldn’t hesitate to call your health care provider with any issue.
Q: Will my child be all right?
A: Yes. Allergic colitis is quickly treated by removing the angering proteins from your baby’s diet.
Q: How is allergic colitis different from a milk allergic reaction?
A: Allergic colitis is a kind of milk allergic reaction. However it doesn’t cause the very same severe, instant, lethal response that “regular” milk allergic reactions cause.
Q: Is the condition ever deadly?
A: Only in really rare and exceptionally severe cases might allergic colitis be lethal.
Q: Will my child outgrow his allergic reaction?
A: Probably. The frustrating majority of babies with allergic colitis outgrow their milk allergy by the time they’re 1 years of age.
Q: Is my child more likely to establish other food allergic reactions or gastrointestinal problems since she has allergic colitis?
A: Considering that babies with allergic colitis are most likely to come from families with food and/or ecological allergies, they have the same genetic risks of future allergic reactions that children born to that household would have. However there’s absolutely nothing about having had allergic colitis that makes your baby basically most likely to establish another allergic reaction or any food poisoning.
Q: Could my child’s symptoms show an inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
A: No. This is a reasonable question, but at this age, children are too young to reveal any signs of either IBD or IBS– even if one or both parents have the condition.
Q: Should I delay presenting solid foods to my child’s diet?
A: Not at all. Introduce solid foods just as you usually would, when your baby is in between 4 and 6 months old.
Q: Could something have taken place during pregnancy to cause my baby’s allergic reaction?
A: No. We don’t know precisely what causes allergic colitis, however we don’t think that it relates to anything the mom did or didn’t do during her pregnancy.