How to Recognize Allergic Colitis in Infants

Allergic colitis in infants is an allergic condition that disappears with time and a proper diet. Find out how to recognize the signs and symptoms to give your baby good care.

It’s temporary, but that’s hardly reassuring to new parents. Allergic colitis is a condition in which an infant’s immune system overreacts to proteins usually found in cow’s milk. How may an infant be exposed to cow’s milk? Some breastfeeding moms drink it, and some baby formulas contain it.

The condition, which affects between 2 and 3 percent of babies, causes inflammation and ulcerations, or tiny breaks, in the lining of the colon, or large intestine. And some infants are more likely than others to get it. A review article published in the January–February 2014 issue of the Brazilian Jornal de Pediatria is more likely to occur in males and in the first six months after birth.

Allergic Colitis: Noticing the Signs

If your infant is fussy, not eating well, and has a lot of gas and diarrhea with blood in the stool, you may have cause for concern. But the symptoms aren’t always this obvious. Some babies with allergic colitis look and act healthy and have normal-looking bowel movements — blood can be invisible to the naked eye.

When symptoms get worse, though, you’ll realize there’s a digestion problem. Weight loss and protein loss will cause your baby a lot of distress. As soon as you’re aware that something’s wrong, you’ll need to call your pediatrician. Your doctor will let you know if you need to see a specialist.

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