We received a message earlier this week from Kathy, the mother of a baby with eczema.
Kathy wondered if it might be a good idea to start her little one on yogurt made with goat’s milk rather than cow’s milk, or whether she should delay yogurt altogether for the first year.
Many parents seem to notice a worsening in their little ones’ eczema symptoms when they are given cow’s milk or products containing cow’s milk, which is why Kathy is being cautious. Whilst it is not widely accepted by the medical profession that eczema is directly related to food allergy, we often hear from parents that certain foods do seem to make the problem worse.
But does goat’s milk affect babies with eczema in the same way as cow’s milk?
In terms of their chemical make-up, the differences between cow’s milk and goat’s milk are not enormous. That being said, studies have shown that some variation in their composition does exist. Consequently, SOME babies who react to cow’s milk may react to goat’s milk too – whereas other seem to tolerate goat’s milk far better. Sources suggest, in fact, that around 40% of children who react to cow’s milk are able to tolerate goat’s milk.
So the answer to Kathy’s question, then, is that a goat’s milk based yogurt may not aggravate her baby’s ezcema – but if he falls in that 60% of children who react to goat’s milk, then it’s possible that it could, indeed, worsen the condition.
If your little one has eczema which seems to be aggravated by dairy products, then it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor about the best time to introduce yogurt and whether or not to try yogurt made with goat’s milk as opposed to cow’s milk.
Please note that neither cow’s milk or goat’s milk are suitable as a main drink before baby’s first birthday.
We’d love to hear from you if you have already been down this path with YOUR baby.
If your little one’s eczema symptoms are worsened by cow’s milk, have you found that goat’s milk products have been better tolerated?
Have you ever been advised by a pediatrician to offer goat’s milk products as more suitable alternatives to products made with cow’s milk for a baby with eczema?
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