FAQs

For whom is our Goat cereal designed?

The Goat cereals are an ideal FIRST DAIRY BABY CEREAL for infants and small children:

  • nursed with breast milk (the structure of goat milk is the closest to the structure of breast milk)
  • using HA (hypoallergenic) baby formula
  • suffering from any form of eczema
  • suffering from digestive problems, flatulence and constipation.

Can Goat cereals be used by children with allergy to cow milk protein?

The allergy to cow milk is the most common in the early years of a child’s life – in infants and toddlers. It is the first foreign protein that a small child encounters. The most frequent components of the cow milk protein are β-casein, αs1-casein, αs2-casein, capa-casein, β-lactoglobulin, α-lactalbumin and other whey proteins. From those, the main allergens are αs1-casein and β-lactoglobulin. β-lactoglobulin can also transfer in breast milk of a nursing mother who drinks cow milk.

Allergy – its symptoms usually disappear around age three or four. Treatment for this allergy is to eliminate the cow milk from the menu of the child and replace it with low-allergen dairy formulas or amino-acid preparative. In case of allergic individuals, it is necessary to be careful, because some plant as well as animal products show a crossed reaction to the cow milk protein.
In case of goat milk, the crossed reaction of antibodies pertains mainly to the beta-casein protein, and it is very specific to the individual.  Beta-lactoglobulin is, as the most frequent allergen of cow milk, in case of goat milk metabolized in a different manner, so its allergenicity is practically zero. That means that only a fraction of children allergic to cow milk protein is also allergic to goat milk. The laboratory results of the antibodies against allergens in food have only auxiliary meaning; the most important is the elimination and exposure test to the tested food. The nature of the test is that the symptoms disappear typically within 48 hours after eliminating the tested food and come back at the latest within two weeks after placing the tested food back on menu.
Generally said, based on recommendations by the expert societies, goat milk is not recommended in case of a proven allergy to cow milk. However, it is necessary to consider the type of allergenizing protein, the degree and scope of allergy symptoms, and last but not least the age of the child. Goat milk can be tried even when all low-allergen substitutes of cow milk fail, or in case of lighter symptoms of an allergy. In infants, Goat cereals can be combined within a cure with low-allergen dairy products and thus attempt to gradually introduce tolerance to milk protein.
After including goat milk or Goat cereals on the menu of allergic individuals, it is recommended to start with a few milliliters and gradually increase the batch every half an hour on the first day until you reach 100 milliliters, and next day until you reach 200 – 250 milliliters. If the child’s health condition improves within one to two days, you can assume good tolerance of goat milk without any crossed reaction.
In the end, I would like to point out the advantages of goat milk in Goat cereals – mainly in composition of fats, content of minerals and trace elements and some metabolic differences which place goat milk closer to breast milk than cow milk. It is therefore necessary to point out the excellent nutrition and anti-inflammatory effects of goat milk and Goat cereals.

Jana Virčíková, pediatrician

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