Our little babette has already turned one year old and a lot of things have changed. Here’s a little update on what has happened and the milk transitions we had after she turned one.
After being diagnosed with Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy, we stuck with NAN HW for her milk since she responded well to this milk. We started with NAN HW1 when she was still between zero to six (0-6) months old and then shifted to NAN HW2 when she reached six to twelve (6-12) months. We continued with NAN HW3 when she turned one. Take note that our little babette’s stool while taking NAN HW is more on the liquid side (but not like the one you get when your baby has diarrhea) and is greenish black or grayish black in color (image).
However, we were faced with another challenge when we had to travel to the US to attend a wedding. We asked our little babette’s doctor as to what milk substitute we could give, in case we couldn’t find NAN HW3 in the US. The doctor told us that NAN HW3 was available in the US. We didn’t want to go unprepared so we searched online for milk substitutes. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find NAN HW3. So we resorted to Enfagrow Toddler Transitions instead. Although we brought along a box of NAN HW3 for the travel, once we ran out, we became worried as to the effect the new milk would have on our little babette. This is because Toddler Transitions has a different composition from NAN HW and is not anymore hydrolyzed whey protein. This milk was just like any typical milk. There is completely nothing wrong with it. But for a parent whose child has a history of cow’s milk protein allergy, this is something we were worried about. But our little babette responded well to the new milk and we were relieved and happy. And because we kept monitoring her stool, (please be warned that this contains an image of an actual stool) here’s what it looks like after taking Toddler Transitions. Although the stool looks hard, the consistency is a bit soft. And this really made us happy since we could immediately flush it on the toilet.
--- We apologize if this blog contains images of stools. As a parent, we find this helpful because when we were trying to figure out cow’s milk protein allergy, we wanted to understand it and really get the whole picture. We wanted to know what changes we have to expect as well as what we should look out for. We weren’t able to find a lot of comprehensive information that is why we include relevant details, such as stool, in this blog. ---
When we arrived back home, we then switched to Enfagrow A+. It is a bit expensive since a 1.8 kg box costs about Php1,800.00 (as of the time of writing). So we decided later on to switch to Bear Brand Jr. (for 1-3 years old). It’s more affordable and our little babette still gets the nutrients she needs. A 1.6 kg box costs about Php600.00 (as of the time of writing). You can compare their nutritional facts if you like and you’ll find that Enfagrow A+ has a bit more than the other.
It will be up to you if you’ll go for the more affordable milk or for the premium ones. What this post is all about is letting other parents know that after our little babette turned one, we tried giving her typical milk that is based on cow’s milk. And up to this day, we’re happy to say that she has responded well. We haven’t seen (and hope to no longer see) any bloody stool since we switched to a different milk.
As always, this is based on our experience, which may be different from yours. You may consult your child’s doctor if you wish to switch to a different formula. Although we cannot truly conclude that our little babette no longer has cow’s milk protein allergy, what we are thinking is that perhaps she has already outgrown it.
How did your child outgrow cow’s milk protein allergy? We’d love to hear it.