Question About Milk Allergies

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 10:02am
bandbmom's picture
Joined: 12/14/2005 - 09:00

My son is PA and his b-day is coming up. One of his classmates is allergic to milk and DS wants to invite him to his b-day party. I've spoken to his father in the past and he said that the only thing he can't have is straight milk/choc. milk. But, the PTO gave out ice cream on Valentine's Day and apparently his mom said he couldn't have the ice cream and brought him something safe to eat. To my knowledge, this child does not have an epi at school. The little boy said he breaks out in hives when he drinks milk. So, my question is this - is a milk allergy exactly the same as a PA where any reaction can turn into an anaphylactic reaction? I understood this to be the case but I'm not getting this from this little guy's parents. If someone could please give me more info on their experiences with milk allergies it would be great and very helpful!!!

Thanks a bunch!

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 10:12am
Andrea L's picture
Joined: 12/29/2005 - 09:00

My daughter is Allergic to dairy, eggs and nuts. All of her reactions so far have been eczema and hives. My alergist has said that every reaction can be different and he can not say that she will never have an anaphylactic reaction. It is recommended that she avoid dairy completetly at her age, 3. Her old allergist, however, at her 2 year appointment had said we could start trying milk that had been processed, i.e. baked goods with dairy, margarine. She did fine with Fig Newtons (whey) but had contact reactions to toast with margarine on it. You never know what this boy's allergist, if they even see one, recommended.

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 10:31am
Lori Anne's picture
Joined: 07/13/2005 - 09:00

I found this article which had a lot of info in it:
Hope that helps.

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 10:55am
bandbmom's picture
Joined: 12/14/2005 - 09:00

The way I am understanding it, a milk allergy is pretty much identical to PA. So, maybe this little boy has never reacted after eating pizza, but that doesn't mean he won't ever react. I was planning on having pizza for DS's party, but want to make sure his classmate is safe. I am leary about serving pizza even if his parents say it's okay, KWIM? I'll have to talk with them and give it more thought. DS's b-day is not until May 21st, so I've got some time.
Thanks for the feedback!

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 11:03am
mommyofmatt's picture
Joined: 03/12/2004 - 09:00

Like Lori Anne's article said, I have heard of varying degrees of milk allergy. My ds is very ingestion sensitive, small amounts will trigger a reaction. I know someone who's son only gets eczema. I know someone else who's child is incredibly contact sensitive and ingestion sensitive.
Will the child's parent be staying or dropping off? Will the child bring their own treat? Sounds like you might do better talking to the mom...since she wouldn't let him eat something elsewhere.

Posted on: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 5:54am
Darkmage's picture
Joined: 10/01/2004 - 09:00

My son has a dairy allergy. All he ever got from eating/drinking dairy was hives. But we are on full avoidence now to try to outgrow it. I know some DA people can be anaphlactic to it. Others who are only lactose intolerant say that they are allergic. It can get confusing for the general public.
My son had a boy in his preschool class that got sick if he had too much milk, but had no problems with cheese or baked goods. His mom said that it wasn't an allergy. He came to my son's birthday party, and the parents left no instructions. Of course, that could be because they knew that my son has DA. There was no dairy in anything.
I'd get the low-down on this child from the mom. Usually better info there! :lol
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Posted on: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 7:37pm
TRexFamily's picture
Joined: 11/30/2004 - 09:00

Thanks for the link! According to that link, my DD's milk allergy is worse than I classify it. I considered it mild because her reactions are mild (especially compared to her peanut reactions), but she cannot tolerate any milk protein at all (not even cooked into food or baked into crackers, doughnuts etc). According to that article, she would be severe because she reacts to trace amounts of milk protein.

Posted on: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 11:49pm
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

To me, a milk allergy is a milk allergy.
You avoid ALL milk products. PERIOD.
If you can tolerate 'cooked milk' or whatever (SOME cheese, not others...), then is it REALLY an allergy? I dont know.
OK. If I use that thinking, Caitlin's NOT allergic to wheat, because she eats 2 slices of bread/day... Maybe I need to refine my thinking [img][/img]
I wouldnt fool around with milk and her though, thats for sure.
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Posted on: Thu, 04/06/2006 - 2:48am
bandbmom's picture
Joined: 12/14/2005 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by jtolpin:
[b]To me, a milk allergy is a milk allergy.
You avoid ALL milk products. PERIOD.
Jason - I agree w/this thinking. This is how we treat DS's PA and the allergist feels the same - it's like a light switch, either you have it or you don't, there's no in between. I have this great fear that this boy's parents will give the okay on pizza for example and then something will happen while he's in my care. I'm already noticed some inconsistencies in what he can and cannot have. His father said he can have items w/milk in them, just not straight milk. His mother said he can't have ice cream. To my knowledge, he doesn't have an epi. I know that I will have to talk w/them further and get a better understanding about his allergy...I'm just a bit nervous about their comfort level KWIM?

Posted on: Thu, 04/06/2006 - 3:01am
smudgesgarden's picture
Joined: 02/26/2006 - 09:00

my son is very allergic to milk... he does not have an aniflatic reaction to it thoe.
but he can have some products with milk in it.
for example he can have pretzles even thoe most of them have milk listed, but he cant have frozen waffels, or fish sticks.
for the birthday party you are haveing a nice thing to do if you are making your cake is use duncan hines cake mix , its dary free, and most of there ready made frosting is also dairy free. also "toufutti" makes a realy good ice cream substute the (plain vanila is the best)you could get that for the child who is dairy allergic so he dosnt feel left out when cake and ice cream is served. it comes in small containers, and its in the ice cream isle. i would love it if parents did that when they invite our son over for a party.
we went to one this weekend that served peanut butter cup ice cream and they knew that john is allergic to peanuts and dairy.
we left. and im mad at my friend who had the party.
i just wanted to add my 2 cents

Posted on: Thu, 04/06/2006 - 4:18am
2BusyBoys's picture
Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by smudgesgarden:
[b]for the birthday party you are haveing a nice thing to do if you are making your cake is use duncan hines cake mix , its dary free, and most of there ready made frosting is also dairy free. also "toufutti" makes a realy good ice cream substute the (plain vanila is the best)you could get that for the child who is dairy allergic so he dosnt feel left out when cake and ice cream is served. [/b]
This is another [i] comfort zone [/i] issue. We also deal with milk allergy and don't trust duncan hines cake mix or frosting [img][/img]. It's still best to check with the child's parents.
Good Luck!
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D 5/22/01 NKA
Z 3/18/03 Peanut, Milk, Egg, etc.


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