I am very pleased with the results from giving my toddler Rice Dream rice milk. The best substitute for cow’s milk on the market. My twins consume a gallon of milk every 3-4 days. And just so happen, I needed a good milk alternative because one of the toddler’s was allergic to cow’s milk.
My 3 year-old toddler has suffered with allergies since she was 9mos. Runny nose, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, etc. I treated what I thought was a common cold with over-the counter medicines, Vick’s rub, humidifier/vaporizer, cough drops/lollipops; you name it.
She also attended daycare on and off (when she wasn’t sick) so it had to be the germs; right? Bathing her daily, watching the school’s cleanliness like a hawk, and even letting her stay with my parents when she was really suffering. She would recover and as soon as we would take her anywhere she would have a reaction.
In December 2009, was the worst she had ever been. She wheezed and coughed so severely she would choke. I sat up all night to make sure she was breathing. She couldn’t lie down because of the mucous and drainage. It was terrible. As bad as I felt, I knew she felt worse and that’s what would break my heart. She was so little. Her pediatrician prescribed an allergy regimen. Zyrtec, Nasonex, and Benadryl as a back-up. Also, an antibiotic for the sinus infection.
In March of 2010, at the age of 2 ½, she had another severe reaction. Again she broke out in hives and welts. She scratched her skin raw on her stomach, the back of her neck, and in her pull-up area. It was horrible. She wheezed, coughed mucous, and shivered. I gave her a cold water bath to cool off her skin from the itching. My husband and I bathed her in Aveeno for eczema and itching. I smoothed her skin with unscented Vaseline and caked her in Johnson’s baby powder with aloe and talc. I was crying my head off and so was she.
This was insane. I immediately made an appointment to come in the next morning. At first glance the pediatrician was concerned. She talked of testing her adenoids, since her tonsils were swollen. That would reduce the allergic reactions and ease her suffering. But first, she wanted to test her for known allergies. Getting blood panels to find out what she was allergic to.
We did the blood work that day and waited. I prayed because I didn’t want to do anything invasive. She was so little and too young. In the meantime, we continued the allergy regimen. (Zyrtec, Nasonex, and Benadryl. Lubriderm with Kenalog for the skin)
In 48 hours, the nurse called and I was both excited and scared. She’s allergic too….
Cow’s milk, soy, peanuts, eggs, grass, and dog dander.
Yeah! Thank God! I celebrated because we now knew what was making her so ill. Simple enough, the pediatrician recommended we removed those foods from her diet, and put her on calcium fortified rice milk. Rice milk? What the heck is rice milk?
I began my hunt for rice milk on the Web and found Rice Dream Original rice milk. It’s made from organic brown rice. Cool. I like organic. And enriched with vitamins A, D, B12 and calcium. Everything I needed for my tiny tot. No lactose, no dairy, no soy, no cholesterol. Fat free and low sodium. I felt confident that it would be a healthy alternative.
I ran to Kroger, grabbed two cartons and ran home. I slowly introduced it on her cereal and gave her little cups throughout the day. It took her about a day to get used to the taste of the rice milk. By the end of the week, she was drinking 8oz cups of the Rice Dream rice milk just like she did her whole milk. Her allergies began to subside and she was doing so much better. No more bouts of morning sneezing that would last 20 minutes. We now give her different varieties; Rice Dream Vanilla and Rice Dream Almond. Both are calcium fortified and vitamin enriched.
Since March 2010, she has not suffered any more severe allergic reactions. We don’t keep her inside; she plays outside in the backyard with her sister and goes to the park. We go about our normal routine as usual. The Zyrtec helps her with outside; but the Rice Dream has been wonderful in her diet. I love the results; her appetite has increased, no more congestion, and she has picked up a few pounds.
Just finding out what was wrong and having a solution has relieved my worry. Children need calcium and finding a milk substitute that didn’t aggravate her allergies was a dream come true. I would recommend Rice Dream to my friends, family and even strangers. Check with your pediatrician first and if you need a milk alternative use Rice Dream. You won’t be disappointed.