How to Recognize Allergic Colitis in Infants

Allergic Colitis: Managing Baby’s Health

When your infant has allergic colitis, be sure to read food labels to check that what you’re buying for yourself to eat or feed to your baby doesn’t contain cow’s milk, soy, or whatever other protein your infant is allergic to. Don’t assume you know what the contents of a product are. Ingredients and additives change all the time.

Introduce new foods into your baby’s diet first thing in the morning so that if an allergic reaction occurs, you’ll know what caused it. For the same reason, new types of food shouldn’t be introduced more often than every three to five days.

When you change and add foods, involve your pediatrician; see your pediatrician when you need to, but no less than twice after allergic colitis is diagnosed. Your doctor will want to keep track of your baby’s weight and be sure the child is getting all necessary nutrients. At about 11 months, give your baby milk again to see if the allergy has been outgrown.

Elizabeth Marcus, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, says allergic colitis is usually resolved relatively quickly. She advised parents to know the signs of allergy, but not to change an infant’s diet without consulting a pediatrician or pediatric gastroenterologist. And Dr. Marcus and Rubinstein both emphasized that parents need not panic.

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