As a new baby, there are no tests that can diagnose either of these. The easiest thing to do was to remove cows milk formula from my diet. But what was I going to have now? And, for those of you thinking, well, why didn’t mummy breast feed me, lactose and protein is present in breast milk in very similar quantities to formula.
What were my symptoms?
I cried, and cried, and cried. Nothing would soothe me. Mummy even had me to A&E one night when I was only 11 days old. I had severe tummy pains, wind and bloating. I would go stiff with pain, then pass a little wind. My tummy was hard and bloated. The only option was to put me on a very special formula. The next day Mummy took me to the Doctors and we tried one called Nutramigen, which the doctor recommended, but, I was still poorly with this one 🙁
Other symptoms can be more severe, including being sick and sick, and blood in your poo. Luke nor I ever had symptoms this severe, thank goodness, but that made it more tricky for mummy to convince the Doctor, especially with Luke.
A week later, we were back to the Doctors, I was 20 days old. A new doctor at our surgery who was very up to date with the latest products, told mummy to put me on Neocate. This formula contains absolutely no trace of anything of cows milk. There is nothing in it that could upset my tummy. So, I started with Neocate.
My crying and tummy pains did ease, and mummy noticed I was happier and in much less pain. Mummy knew though that I had a very sensitive tummy, and that she would have to be careful weaning me.
I was on Neocate until I was almost 20 months old, usually, a baby moves to cows milk at around one year old. Mummy didn’t want to introduce dairy too soon. Mummy found Lactofree, a great product that is cows milk, but with the lactose removed. This means I get all the goodness, but no upset tummy! Mummy weaned me off Neocate and onto Lactofree very slowly, replacing an ounce at a time over a few weeks. It worked, and my tummy didn’t hurt at all!
At 18 months, Mummy started by introducing baby biscuits which had a tiny bit of milk in them. I then tried a little cooked cheese, in macaroni cheese, and my tummy was ok 🙂
Now, at 23 months old, I can tolerate, and like, most dairy foods. I can eat cheese, a maximum of two small fromage frais yoghurt’s a day, cheese spread and cheesy pasta, but Mummy won’t give me cows milk as a drink, because she feels it would be too much for me. Luke, now 12, can drink cows milk, but until he was about 9, rich dairy ice cream and some other dairy foods would still upset his tummy. Mummy was given a dairy reintroduction plan which was a good guide, but, again, Mummy went on her instinct too.
Mummy was concerned about me getting enough calcium, and the dietician gave us these great tips:
Hovis Best Of Both bread contains NO milk, but has added calcium
Ready Brek (Tesco Hot Oats is exactly the same) has NO milk (mix with your formula) but has added calcium
You should always check with your doctor or Health Visitor if you think your baby may be intolerant to cows milk, and take their advice, but, you should also trust your instinct if you think it may be more than colic.