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Dairy Free yoghurt ideas

Struggling to find different types of dairy yoghurts for your child with a dairy allergy or plant based child in the United Kingdom?

Here are some suggestions of dairy-free yoghurts with the nutritional value! Helping you choose the best dairy-free yoghurt option for your child. Putting you and your child at peace!

Why it is important to avoid all dairy products if your child has a dairy allergy?

A milk allergy is when your child immune system doesn’t recognise cow’s milk protein and assumes it's a foreign object within your child body. This causes an antibody called “IgE” to be created which releases histamine and other chemicals causing unwanted symptoms causing discomfort and stress for your baby. If your child has a IgE mediated [immediate] cows milk protein allergy symptoms include;

  • Skin: hives (red, blotchy skin that can itch) and may include mild to severe swelling

  • Lungs: difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing

  • Eyes: itching, tearing or redness

  • Throat: tightness, trouble breathing or inhaling

  • Stomach: repeated vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and cramping, or diarrhoea

  • Nose: congestion, copious clear discharge, sneezing or itching

  • Neurologic: change in behaviour or mood, dizziness

  • Anaphylaxis: If your child is suffering from 2 or more of these symptoms they could be experiencing the worst allergic reaction and you should ring for an ambulance immediately.

With a reaction to milk beginning within minutes or can be delayed for up to 2 hours after consuming milk or products containing milk proteins this is known as a non IgE mediated milk allergy. A non IgE delayed allergy warrants re introduction after a 6 month elimination period

Different dairy-free yogurts for your child with a dairy allergy or plant based child

It is important to remember the “perfect product” doesn’t exist in terms of nutritional comparison to their milk containing counterparts, it's all about thinking about children’s diet as a whole. But when observing what is found in dairy-free products it’s important to look for the energy content, calcium, protein and carbohydrate content.

Why do they need these nutrients?

Energy- for your child to be able to complete activity and for growth and normal development.

Calcium - needed for your child to have strong bones and teeth.

Protein - needed for growth, maintenance and repair for your child's body.

Carbohydrates - to help your child to stay alert and active throughout the day.

UK Paediatric Nutritionist Consultation for dairy allergy

Click HERE to book a 1-1 online nutrition consultation with our expert paediatric dietitian's to ensure your child is thriving nutritionally whilst following a plant based diet.

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