Heiner syndrome, which is more commonly known as cow’s milk sensitivity refers to a condition that mostly affects the babies, causing milk intolerance in them. Though this is more common in babies up to the age of 3 years, some adults may also suffer from this problem and may get several health complications after consuming milk.
In most cases, babies affected with this sensitivity experience distress in their abdominal areas after consuming milk. Infants, who are affected by this problem, are recommended to drink formula milk instead of cow’s milk. Some children also get lactose allergy and may not be able to consume any drink containing lactose as a side effect of Heiner syndrome.
Signs And Symptoms Of Heiner Syndrome
Abdominal pain or severe discomfort in the abdominal area is one of the major symptoms of Heiner syndrome. Besides, babies may also get colic pain or diarrhea as a sign of this sensitivity. Some may also experience irritability, chronic congestion, weight loss, hives, vomiting and even asthma as signs of Heiner syndrome.
Older children, who suffer from this condition, may have watery eyes, runny nose, ear infections, skin rashes, anemia and flatulence. Light-headedness, headache, vertigo, and gastritis, may also affect some people.
Though rare, adults may get irritable bowel syndrome as well as gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD. The symptoms may appear just after consuming milk or in some cases it may even appear weeks after consuming milk.
Causes Of Heiner Syndrome
Milk generally does not cause any harmful effect on human health. However, like any other food allergies, milk sensitivity occurs when the immune system malfunctions and identifies milk proteins as harmful for the body. Generally, there are two different contents of cow milk that causes allergy. One is the casein, that is present in curdles of milk. While the other is the whey, that is the liquid part of the milk that remain after the curdling of milk.
Some children are allergic to one of the proteins and are comfortable with the other while there are some, who are allergic to both the proteins and cannot consume cow milk or any dairy products at all. Studies have found that patients who suffer from Heiner syndrome are not just sensitive to cow milk but also to buffalo milk, goat milk and sheep milk. However, they can consume soy milk as an alternative.
Treatment Options For Heiner Syndrome
Medication for Heiner Syndrome is generally decided depending on the symptoms. In some cases, doctors may ask for stool test or urine test of the patient to find the cause of allergy. Though most patients are treated with medicines, some may require hospitalization if the affliction happens to be severe.
Children affected with Heiner Syndrome are recommended to avoid milk consumption completely. Apis, which is a honeybee remedy, can be used for treatment of this condition. It is generally recommended to patients, who get swelling, redness, itching or breathing problem after milk consumption.
Aethusa is recommended for babies, who get abdominal pain or colic symptoms after consuming milk. Natrium carbonicum, a homeopathy remedy, helps to recover fast from this syndrome.