child, 2 years old, has been diagnosed of having
"milk allergy". He is suffering from diarrhoea since the time
he is born – his stool are frothy, sticky, greenish in colour
and very sour smelling. Sometimes he gets severe pain in abdomen,
one hour after drinking milk and his abdomen always looks big
and bloated. My doctors have stopped his milk and now he is better,
but the moment I give even ½ a cup of milk, he develops
loose stools with pain. How can I stop milk? I am very worried.
Is there any medicine you can suggest?
Ans. Abdominal cramps, bloating, excessive gas and diarrhoea are common
symptoms that can be caused by milk in a surprisingly high number
of otherwise normal persons and children. This milk allergy is
due to a reduced level of enzyme called ‘Lactase’,
present in the small intestine. This enzyme lactase is required
to digest lactose, the natural sugar found in milk and dairy
products. Thus the lactose or sugar of the milk remains within
the intestine undigested and unabsorbed. After sometime, lactose
eventually reaches the colon, where bacteria metabolize it to
products that can produce distension, cramps, gas and loose bowel
it more prevalent in children? ‘Lactose’ is found
in high levels in children, for the obvious reason that the chief
source of nutrition in early infancy is milk. In some children,
the ‘Lactase’ enzyme level is mysteriously low, due
to which diarrhoea problems because of milk allergy is maximum.
According to research done by the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.),
milk allergy is present more in Mediterranean, Black and Asian
societies. But it is not necessary that all those who have low
level of Lactase enzyme should have milk diarrhoea only. Some
may complain of abdominal discomfort after as little as a single
glass of milk. Others may have problems by eating dairy products
like curd, cheese butter milk, ice-creams, etc. When the symptoms
are severe, they mimic an irritable bowel condition.
treatment helps in regularizing the Lactase enzyme and thus brings
about a complete recovery.
case is similar to the following case…….
month old infant was brought to us with a history of watery stools
from the 4th month onwards. The child used to pass
10-12 watery stools daily. This had made the child extremely
weak. In fact, twice in a period of seven months, he was admitted
to a nursing home for dehydration. Doctors had come to the conclusion
that the child should be off milk completely. Now, in our society,
it is unthinkable to bring up a child without milk. Therefore,
the parents brought the child in for homoeopathic treatment.
The child had milk allergy, and therefore, for the time being
even I recommended that his top milk be completely stopped and
treatment was started. Once his condition improved with our medicines,
regular milk could be given.
through the history, we found that when the child was 3 ½ months
old, he was weaned from the breast to the top milk. All his problems
started then. He passed frequent greenish, watery and very sour
smelling stools. Severe pain in the abdomen always preceded the
loose stools. At times, the stools would be full of undigested
milk with a very offensive sour smell. MAG CARB or CARBONATE
MAGNESIA was given to this infant. This remedy is more or less
specific for diarrhoea due to change of milk. Today, after six
months of regular treatment, the child is able to digest milk
much better and all the symptoms which he earlier had are relieved
and stools are regular.
and children can be viewed as ever evolving metabolic systems,
as they go through a series of critical periods during the process
of maturation. It is during this process that they switch over
from a homogeneous milk diet to the heterogeneous adult diet.
During these first few months of extra uterine life the infant
is totally dependent on milk for his protein and energy requirements.
and survival of the infant depends upon its ability to metabolize
milk constituents, conversely inability to metabolize milk, invariably
affects growth and considerably reduces chances of survival.
Most infants are born with adequate metabolic processes to digest
milk. A variety of causes however damage these processes and
render the infant intolerant to milk. The leading cause of milk
intolerance is diarrhoea and the main effect of milk intolerance
is again diarrhoea. The vicious cycle once set in, finally ends
up in death if it is unchecked.
medicines are deep acting and curative in treatment. A number
of diarrhoea and vomiting cases due to milk allergy have been
totally cured by these medicines. Each medicine has its own symptoms,
causative factors, constitutions and temperament. When correct
matching of the patient’s symptoms with the drugs symptoms
is achieved, then recovery is fast and permanent.
description is typical of a child suffering from milk allergy –
flabby baby with a big head (often sour smelling), that perspires
profusely at night, when the child is asleep. The perspiration
is so profuse that it wets the pillow. Dentition is delayed.
The teeth that should begin to appear don’t. And you are
told that "milk disagrees". Their vomit smells sour looks curd-like.
The stools smell sour and pungent, with a burning in the anus.
These children hate milk and they are in the habit of eating
and also crave for earth (Alum), chalk, clay, raw potatoes, lime,
slate pencils & eggs. Abdomen is much disturbed, distended
and looks like an inverted saucer. These children have very weak
bones because of impaired metabolism due to milk allergy, therefore,
the calcium that is absorbed from milk for bone development during
infancy is deficient. At times, they have open fontanells for
a long period. Calcarea Carb in correct potency and dosage should
be decided by a physician, but in the meantime, Calcarea Carb
200, 5 pills after each loose stool should be given.
is indicated when diarrhoea occurs after milk, especially after
change of milk from tone milk to whole milk, from cow’s
milk to buffalo’s milk, from milk powder to dairy milk,
etc. Stools are profuse watery like a yellow substance resembling
the pulp of an orange which gushes out and is accompanied by
severe pain in the abdomen. Anus is red because of acidic stools.
The slightest touch to the anus, like while washing after stools,
makes the child scream. The abdomen is full of flatus, which
causes rumbling in abdomen.
Carb 200, 5 pills, 2 hourly till further advise should be given.
usually is thin, pale and very sensitive to cold. His growth
is delayed for the age, he is very sensitive, resents personal
interference and is more inclined to retire into his shell. His
important symptoms are that, he sweats profusely around head,
neck, palms and feet. These children have enlarged glands in
the neck and a tendency to catch cold very fast and aversion
along with an allergy to milk.
30, 5 pills four times a day will help.
says, "We fully agree that "AETHUSA" is one of our best remedies,
for vomiting due to milk, in children. This milk comes up as
soon as it is swallowed by great effort, after which the child
becomes greatly relaxed and drowsy. If the milk stays in longer,
it is finally vomited out in large quantities and looks like
curds and smells very offensive.
infants start crying the moment their stomach is empty after
a vomit and their crying does not stop till the time they are
fed with milk. The same process repeats itself vomiting, falling
off to sleep after vomiting, wakes up with crying for milk. Aethusa
200, 5 pills four times a day for two to three months will help
the child to overcome his milk allergy.
homoeopathic medicines in its right potency when prescribed by
a qualified homoeopath can bring down infant mortality due to
diarrhoea, help in alternating symptoms and effect a long term
are adviced that the medical advice offered in this column pertains
to generalized treatment of the condition. Kindly consult your
doctor before self-medication.