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Formula Allergy

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Sometimes, allergy to cow's milk protein, sometimes, allergy to soy protein



  • A special sensitivity to a component of the formula, which is not shared by the majority of infants or young children
  • The proteins in cow's milk and soy-based infant formula (soy milk) are fundamentally different from the protein in human breast milk, and some infants react to this difference with acute symptoms (nausea, vomiting, Diarrhea, bloody stool, abdominal cramps).
  • Other infants develop more chronic symptoms (loss of the infant's protein into the stool, prolonged Diarrhea, Failure to Thrive, allergic symptoms).

  • Hives, rashes, abdominal pain
  • Irritability
  • Nausea, vomiting, Diarrhea, Constipation
  • Intestinal bleeding
  • In some cases, shock

  • This is thought to be an antigen-antibody reaction.  A component of the formula passes into the bloodstream and becomes an antigen (foreign substance, not recognized by the body).  The lymphoid tissue then makes a protein (antibody) to inactivate the foreign substance.  When the antigen meets the antibody, a number of systemic symptoms occur.

  • History of the above symptoms
  • Examination of the stool
  • In severe cases, biopsy of the mucosa of the small intestine or colon
  • Improvement of symptoms often occurs with a change of the formula to one in which the protein molecule is broken down into small fragments of the original protein, thereby making it digestible to the child or infant.
  • Recurrence of symptoms when the soy protein or cow's milk is re-introduced.

  • Heredity (family background)
  • Populations of certain regions

  • A change to an infant formula that does not contain the food substance causing the allergy

  • Dehydration
  • Anemia
  • Shock
  • Anaphylaxis (may involve life-threatening respiratory collapse), with wheezing and Hives)

  • Management by a physician is necessary.
  • Don't hesitate to contact your physician or emergency treatment center if you observe any of the above severe complications, especially shock or anaphylaxis.

  • Other allergies




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