Milk soy protein intolerance (MSPI) is the inability to digest the proteins found in cow’s milk and soy foods.  This differs from true food allergies (such as hives and anaphylactic reactions) in that it is not a true immune system response.  It is more likely a poorly understood metabolic reaction.
MSPI is in more common in children, particularly infants, but also occurs in adults.  It can also be referred to by the names eosinophilic gastroenteritis, allergic colitis and food protein-induced colitis.  It is a growing problem occurring in 2-7% of babies under one year old.  MSPI does seem to have a congenital link as families typically have more than 1 child with it.
Symptoms can manifest in many ways depending on the child. 

Common symptoms are:
Blood, water or mucous containing stools
weight loss
chronic congestion
repeated vomiting
gastroesophageal reflux (GER)
eczema and/or skin rashes
refusing to eat or comfort eating (eating all the time
to soothe the stomach)
irritability or colic-like behavior

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