Parents are now more aware of food sensitivity causing discomfort in their babies and children. Cow’s milk products are one of the most common allergen. It is easy to identify obvious allergic reaction and symptoms – shortly after a child consumes milk : wheezing, trouble breathing, throat tightness, diarrhea, swollen eyes, hives. However, it is difficult to pin-point food sensitivity because symptoms may only show only after up to 24 hours after exposure.
What is Dairy Sensitivity?
Cow’s milk (either in the mother’s diet from breastmilk or engineered into formula) is now more prevalent cause of food sensitivity in babies. Cow’s milk sensitivity can cause colic-like symptoms, eczema, diarrhea (including bloody diarrhea), constipation, hives, and/or a stuffy, itchy nose.
Cow milk or dairy sensitivity is different from milk intolerance. Milk intolerance typically affects teens/adults who lack of an enzyme called lactase in the small intestine. Babies are generally born with sufficient levels of lactase enzyme amount.
If you suspect that your baby may be sensitive to dairy products, you may try a diet elimination food observation, but it takes up to 4 weeks of total elimination of cow’s milk protein from the system to see any impact. In the meantime, you will need to ensure you provide a nutritional well-balanced dairy alternative formula milk for a baby and calcium-rich whole food for your toddler/child.
The good news about dairy sensitivity, intolerance or allergy is that most children may outgrow it as they grow up. You may re-introduce small amount after 6 months and if the reaction persists, totally eliminate for another 6 months before trying again.
Dairy-free nutritional milk formula
The most common dairy free formula milk which are easily found on the supermarket shelves are the HA (Hypoallergenic) version or soy-based formula by big reputable brands. Highly processed cow’s milk(eg. break down the protein) may have lost some nutrients, and most companies need to add vitamins and minerals to complete the nutrients of the formula milk. If your baby is allergic or sensitive to cow’s milk, the HA version may not alleviate the symptoms. Many parents have also highlighted concerns on prolonged consumption of pure soy formula milk in their baby’s diet.
One recommended dairy-free alternative is to introduce nutritional plant-based oat or multi-grain formula milk. A formula milk that is from wholegrain plant-based which contains the natural whole-food nutrition would be more beneficial.
Lactofré – Nutritionally complete Oat-Soy based formula
Lactofré formula milk is made from organic embryo oat, imported from Montana, USA. Organic embryo oat, harvested at the golden nutrient time of oats contains higher nutritional value than ordinary oats. In essence, embryo oat is higher in protein, dietary fiber and calcium. In addition, this formula milk also contains organic millet and soybean. Together with its DHA & lutein content, it is highly recommended for children to meet their daily nutrient requirements.
Another key highlight of this formula milk is that it has added probiotic and prebiotic to help maintain a good intestinal environment. It contains 2 key probiotic strains (Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus fermentum) where some clinical studies shown that they have been beneficial in the management of atopic dermatitis & may alleviate symptoms of irritated skin.
Where to purchase Lactofré infant formula
Lactofré formula milk comes in 2 formulations, depending on the age of your child :-
Lactofré 1+ which is formulated in accordance with specific nutritional recommendations for 1-5 years old children. Lactofré 1+ has DHA, lutein, probiotic, prebiotic and 22 vitamin and mineral to help support growth and development.
Lactofré 6+ which is formulated in accordance with specific nutritional recommendations for 6 years old and above. Lactofré 6+ is formulated according to the nutrient requirement for kids above six to support their challenging daily life in school.
Lactofré organic oat-soy based formula milk can be found in some organic or health stores in Singapore. They are also sold via their official online store : Jointwell Group
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Try out this nutritious lactose-free, dairy-free formula milk for your little one now. If you are unsure whether your little one can adapt to the taste, you may also request for samples from their website, by filling up a form.