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My boy is now 11 months and we just got to know that he has an allergy towards cow’s milk through the RAST test conducted.

Therefore, it was advised that my son take soy based milk.

Today is his second day of drinking the soy based milk. However, Ii suddenly read articles on soy based milk that said “Soy milk contains phytoestrogens, a plant-based form of estrogen that mimics the effect of the hormone estrogen”. 

Thus, is it safe for my boy to drink it?  Will it have any bad effects on my son?

Asked by Star_mud - Posted 6 years, 2 months, 2 weeks, 2 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes ago.

Hi Star_mud

Thanks for your question.

It is safe to consume soy milk.

However, the reason for switching to soy milk remains uncertain to me. I need to understand why was he first checked for suspected cows milk allergy? Was it due to a rash/ eczema / wheeze etc. Most children whom have ‘genuine ‘cows milk allergy will be allergic to soy milk as well as the protein length is almost the same. A positive test for cows milk allergy does not confirm or refute the diagnosis however.

In summary. its safe to use soy milk, its just whether he requires the switch in the first place is still questionable.

Best Regards.

Dr Sanjay Woodhull
Consultant Paediatrician

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