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22/05/2009 at 00:33

Hi there, just looking to see if anyone had similar experience or shed light on something for me. Will try and keep this short. My dd is 2 1/2 yrs old. She gets milk mostly atnight in a bottle as she wont usually go to sleep without it. She doesnt get a lot of milk through the day only in foods e.g cereal as she wont take it from a cup. On sunday night she was sick in our bed. We got up and afterwards she was fine. as if nothing had happened. I gave her milk later that morning about 3 ish as she was asking for it and she threw it up. At this point just thought it was a tummy bug. Sunday night put her to bed ahe asked for milk and as she had been fine all day i gave her some. She threw it back up. Just gave her water through night but was a little bit sick in morning but right as rain the next day. I decided to lay off the milk and just gave her water in a bottle instead and she has been fine with that the last two nights. eating been fine etc. I was working and hubby gave her milk going to bed tonight, sick again. The only other thing dd has is constipation which she has had since a baby. I have wondered if maybe she is getting too much milk and that is making her constipated. I did say i would keep this short.

I know no one can tell me the answer i just want to know if anyone has come across this before. Or has any websites that might help me. I will be going to my hv to ask for help but would appreciate any advice etc that anyone has. We know now that we have to cut out her milk and see what happens. She did have a very loose stool yesterday which is unheard of for dd.  


26/05/2009 at 08:16

Hi Shelagh

my situation is not the same as yours but my son who is now 11 months has always had trouble with milk from being a baby. He was breastfed but when we tried him with formula he was very sick, and when we put him on follow on milk he was sick every time he had it. He can eat anything with cows milk in such as cheese, yoghurt, ice cream, etc but cant seem to take a milk drink derived from cows milk like the fromula. Our doc suggested that though he is not allergic, he may have developed an intollerance to cows milk which is very common and can suddenly just start in young children. We moved over to goats milk to complement the breastfeeding as it is lighter and much easier to digest than cows milk based products. we get the goats milk fresh from the supermarket and Theo loves it. He hasnt been sick once since moving on to the goats milk.

maybe you could give that a go? hope this helps xx

26/05/2009 at 20:59
ou sounds to me too she may just gotten an intolerance to milk. It happens sometimes out of nowhere. Get her to her doctors so that you can find something to subsitute the milk for a proper one she can maintain down.
03/06/2009 at 19:10

HI Shelagh,

My daughter Tara has had milk intolerance since 9 weeks. At first she was on Soya milk but since 18 months she has been on lactose free milk which you can get from the chilled cabinet in anywhere like Tesco or Asda's - Tara loves it - i'm not worried about the soya and she is still getting the milk - just with the lactose removed.

Hope she is feeling better soon

Maddie N Tara xx

12/06/2009 at 23:27
HI, my dd has always been a sickie baby and when she was one we put her on cows milk and she started voiting and having upset tummies, HV was as helpful as a chocolate teapot so i went to my GP who referred us to a dietician. The dietician suggested changing from full fat milk to semi skimmed as she thought it was an intolerence to the fat content in the full fat milk. Since we've done that she has not vomited and has perfect (mmm not quite sure thats right! lol) stools! might be worth a try but please get contact your doctor before changing your milk as she will need a vitimin supplement as the milks have different amounts of vitamins in them!

Louise xx
25/06/2012 at 20:11

my little girl is 18 month old and has been on cows milk since she was 1 yr but the past 2 weeks she has been sick after each drink of milk . At first we thought she had a bug but when we gave her water she wasnt sick . So now we have put her back on baby milk and she has been fine. so now i think its that she cant tolerate cows milk so im gonna keep her on baby milk for a few weeks and see how she goes n if we need to ill either keep her on the baby milk or put her on soya milk . has anyone got any ideas of what it could be?

16/07/2012 at 17:53

I am currently having the same problem with my 18 month old. She will take her milk just fine at feeds and then within half an hour the whole lot will come back up again. Solid foods are fine with her, she rarely throws up with those, would just love to know why this is happening? She is on toddler formula so am not concerned about reactions to cows milk although am worried she may have a lactose intolerence?? anyone who can please help??!!!

25/10/2012 at 11:18

I suggest u .... plz taken her to any child specialist.... Ans discuss the matter with him....and different parents have different experianced .... and we can not see u r child physically...

25/11/2012 at 16:57

My Daughter is just over one and she has been drinking whole organic milk since her most birthday. All of a sudden today she started throwing it up as she was drinking it. I am worried, this is the first time she has ever thrown up anything(spit up as a newborn excluded) Any ideas? My wife and I are freaking ourselves out.

23/12/2012 at 09:11

The same has happen to my daughter, she is 20 months old and has been on cows milk since she was 14 months. For the past week she started throwing up after having cows milk so we stopped giving it to her she eats cheese and yogurts fine and anything else that has milk it in. I have spoken to my doctor who told me to give her soya milk instead, as she may have developed a intolerence to cows milk, the doctor said it would probably disappear again and to reintroduce her to cows milk in a few weeks, if she was then sick again to take her to doctors. The problem i have is that last night was the irst night on soya milk and she has thrown that up too.

So i dont really know what to give her, doubt my doctors will be open on christmas eve, s might just try lactose free and see if that works.

29/12/2012 at 03:25
My 20 month old son is only vomiting with his first bottle feeding of the day at about 8am... This has been everyday for the last 4 days... Im confused and don't know what it could be because his bedtime bottle does not come back up... Any ideas? Id greatly appreciate it..
29/12/2012 at 19:45
My 20 month old has been vomiting on and off for months with no other symptoms. Had a fever just before christmas and throwing evety bottle up. Sick of sick we put him on lactose free milk two days ago. 48 hours and counting of puke free bliss!
12/02/2013 at 18:50

my little boy now 15 months breast fed fine for 10months with bit of formular when out and about- put on formular full time was often sick but not all time - then out of nowhere he started being sick and having diahrrea - like day and night changing nappys in night every hour or so too !!! - he had had bad chest infection so though anibiotics - he was always in discomfort and refused food for milk  after a whilehe started to reduce milk and seemed bit better - not cured but def inproved - started back on 'comfort' milk when started nursery (hates being away fromme ;O( and back to square one - 3 weeks on was still happening - dr said norovirus - i said lactose intolerance - he thought i was stupid but not me my husband or my eldest got it - its supposed to be highly contagous !! stool sample negative - you dont say !!! he wouldnt test for lactose as too rare apparenly - but i put my son on lactose free milk and  guess what - not sick -within 6 hours diahrrea stopped he has been on it ever since - today i put wrong milk in bottle by accident - older  child bugging me lol  - i thought it would be fine to be honest but 1.5 hrs he threw it up -so i guess there is the proof !!!! to be perfectly honest my eldest had reflux -  for 8 months till i paid private for consultantunt and drugs helped within days - he screamed day and night for 2 years - was told by dr then i was silly thinking milk - and constipation not milk intollerance - he gave me latulose for constipation and got even worse - i put him on soya milk - no lactose free available 6 years ago and he was a changed child overnight - so i dont know why i'm supprised really - drs dont want hastle - i didnt want to over react  - but they are not the one rocking baby  every hour covered in puke changing nappy's only to have to changed as soon as he is dressed again - drs dont listen ................ and get me - i work for the NHS - says it all - I wouldnt advise anyone to take risks with baby's health and def see dr but i would recomend keeping a food/sick/nappy diary if symptoms persist so you can show to dr -if baby is unwell and you are concerned get checked out straight away - its not worth risking it being something else - health visitors care for the children upp to age 5 so give them a call  -  good luck - exhausted but happy lol

26/06/2013 at 05:27

My 2y/o grandson has been on cow's milk since approx. 1yr of age.  I've been buying Organic cows milk for him.  His mom and dad just buy regular milk, regardless 3 days ago after he finished a bottle he had projectile vomiting.  He threw up everything he'd drank.  Tonight again after finishing a bottle he threw up all of it.  His mother says last week he did this when he was with her.  Tomorrow I'm going to try lactose intolerant milk...he's had diarrhea also.  He has no insurance so doesn't see a doctor,,,I know, but it's my son's baby not mine.  He has only had his first set of shots.  Other than the recent problems he's been extremely healthy and he's always fine after he throws up.  Seems to be a lot of people posting about lactose intolerance, makes me wonder if THEY are doing something different with the milk

23/09/2013 at 10:11
My daughter 16months has been on milk since 12months and lately she drinks milk fine before bed yesterday morning though and tonight a 2am she threw up all she had drank before and during bed time which is very odd because its the same way we have done it since she was 12months and its just milk not the food she ate hmmmm wish I understood why
28/02/2014 at 04:18
I am having the same problem with my 14 month old son. I started cows milk when he turned 12 month and recently he started vomiting after each bottle. I myself am concerned about what their putting in the milk. I never had this problem with my other 3 children.
11/03/2014 at 07:01
I am having the same trouble with my 13 month old. She has been on cows milk since she was 11 months almost 12 months and just out of the blue the past three days she has been puking. I thought it was a bug myself and was thinking it will run its course cause thats what the doctors have told me before about her. Well I noticed something with her today. I gave her a milk bottle an then she starts gagging and then pukes. She has acted normal just fine all day. Has ate normal an everything. I was giving her any where from 3-4 bottles of milk. I thought I was giving her way to much milk (scared myself to death) well today my husband only gave her 1 milk bottle the rest juice and water. I got home and gave her some milk around 2am when she was getting fussy and she drunk it for a sec then started that. Friday night when she done it I didnt think much of maybe she got to full or something. Then the second night she done it I thought it was a bug just needed to keep her hydrated then when she done it tonight it got me curious exspeacaly when I was sitting next to her an seen her do it.
14/03/2014 at 13:05

Isn't there any problem of weak immune sysytem? as some of the kids can't easily digest the milk and products of it. I think you need to concern with a child specialist, might he can suggest you an alternative for it. Or some better tips can work for it. Take care dear !

15/07/2014 at 10:54

I'm having the same problem with my 2.5 year old boy. He's been on cows milk since he was about 14 months old and has never really had any issues. but the past 2 weeks or so he's been throwing up his milk (not every day). he gets a small cup in the morning, which he'll finish and he'll then say he feels sick, but he won't throw up. At bedtime on the night he gets a big cup and throws it back up again. Like I said, it doesn't happen everyday, but I get the feeling it may have to do with the amount and perhaps also the fact that it's full fat... I might just try semi-skimmer or perhaps even lactose free milk.

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