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Does my child have a milk allergy?

My grandson is two years old. He has tubes in his ears due to ear infections and seemed to be doing better, until he started daycare. When he turned one year old we realized he could not drink milk because he was either constipated or had diarrhea.

My question is since daycare he has been drinking milk and not having problems with bowel movements, but had leakage in his ears since he started drinking the milk.

I have read online that ear leakage could be due to milk allergies. He has yet to speak a word. Just want to help my grandson to be able to hear.


Greg Severson | Pediatrician

Greg Severson

This does not sound like a milk allergy. Children with milk allergies usually develop gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, abdominal pain, and/or vomiting), and occasionally hives when exposed to milk.  A very small subgroup will develop respiratory symptoms (runny nose or congestion) with milk exposure. These children often also have asthma and/or significant eczema; and there usually is a strong history of other family members having serious allergic reactions. 

If your grandson continues to have drainage from his ears, he may have an ear infection. After tubes are placed children can still get infections (usually significantly less often, and if one develops there will be no fluid buildup, so the child's hearing will not be impaired as it was before the tubes). If the drainage continues I would contact your grandson's physician.

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