What is the Treatment for Allergic Proctocolitis?

The treatment for Allergic Proctocolitis (AP) is to avoid the food(s) that cause the problem. If you are breastfeeding and a health care practitioner thinks your baby has AP, you will need to stop eating foods that bother your baby. Note: If your baby takes formula, please see the FAQ section.

Since more than half of all AP cases are caused by cow’s milk, dairy is the best place to start. Babies who are sensitive to dairy are often sensitive to soy as well, so many doctors recommend removing both dairy and soy from your diet right away. This web site offers detailed instructions for dairy and soy elimination diets, please download Dairy Elimination Diet (pdf) from the Handouts section. Making these changes can be difficult. A Registered Dietitian can help you learn what foods to avoid, how to put safe meals together for you and your family, and how to make sure you stay healthy in the process.