Can milk allergy cause blood in stool?


Kurt Olsen

How is allergic colitis diagnosed?

If your infant is particularly fussy and you detect vomiting or gassiness, schedule an appointment with a physician. The doctor will examine your baby’s feces for blood. This might be blood, which can only be seen under a microscope. If blood is discovered, the symptoms are most likely the result of an allergic response.

What are the treatment options for allergic colitis?

When a newborn gets blood in his or her feces, it is usually due to a milk allergy, which is easily treated. If the mother is breast-feeding, she is put on a dairy-free diet, and the infant is converted to a hypoallergenic formula. Because it might take up to 72 hours for the mother’s breast milk to become protein-free, your baby will be given a hypoallergenic formula until you are ready to feed again.

Because around 30% of newborns who are allergic to cow’s milk protein are also allergic to soy protein, if your baby’s symptoms do not improve, it is suggested that a nursing mother avoid both soy and dairy. (or use a soy-free formula).

Remember that even if your kid is no longer swallowing the proteins that are causing bowel problems, the intestines still need to recover. As a result, you may detect blood in your stool for three to four weeks after beginning a milk/soy-free diet. However, you should notice that your newborn is feeling better — less fussy and less unwilling to feed, and he or she may be gaining weight, which is a positive indication.

Related Questions

  • What does milk allergy poop look like?

    How does feces vary when you have a milk allergy? Blood in the stool is the most typical indicator that a newborn is allergic to milk. Similar to diarrhea, a baby’s excrement may become more runny and frequent. Mucus may also be present.

  • Can lactose overload cause blood in stool?

    Large quantities of undigested lactose may irritate the lining of the intestines over time, so even a little quantity going through can cause discomfort. This may sometimes cause little bleeding into the feces, which might be mistaken as a food allergy.

  • Does blood in baby stool always mean allergy?

    A cow’s-milk allergy is nearly often connected with blood in a baby’s feces. (bovine protein is the culprit). The problem is that bovine protein may take up to two weeks to exit your system, so allow yourself some extra time.

  • What are the GI symptoms of milk allergy?


    1. Diarrhea.
    2. Nausea, and sometimes, vomiting.
    3. Stomach cramps.
    4. Bloating.
    5. Gas.

Contact Us

For more information or to make comments and suggestions, please contact:
Kurt Olsen
Dairy Development Coordinator, Missouri Department of Agriculture
Phone: (573) 291-5704
E-mail: [email protected]