4) Food allergies
Between two and seven per cent of babies under one are allergic to cow’s milk
Even though babies this young shouldn’t drink cow’s milk, she could be getting dairy proteins from your breastmilk.
Problem is, diagnosing the condition is difficult.
‘For many babies, the reaction is delayed and symptoms – reflux
, abdominal pain, colic and abnormal stools – are easily confused with other conditions,’ explains Jackie.
‘The only way to confirm if she’s allergic is to remove dairy produce from your diet if you’re breastfeeding or switch to a hypoallergenic formula (on prescription).
If your baby’s symptoms have improved after two weeks, but flare up again when milk is reintroduced, a diagnosis can be made.’
But don’t turn Gillian McKeith on your baby – get advice from your GP before making any changes.