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Is Sudden Infant Death Really Heiner Syndrome?

Heiner syndrome is a food hypersensitivity lung disease that affects infants, and is usually caused by cow's milk protein. This disease is often misdiagnosed in healthy children, and not diagnosed at all during the tragic hours after an infant's death.

This terribly misunderstood disease strikes children between the ages of 6 months and two years, often during the hours after consuming their last bottle of cow's milk or formula. The symptoms of Heiner's Disease are remarkably similar to the vast variety of symptoms attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Sadly, parents often miss the onset of Heiner's which includes ear aches and ear infections, tummy aches, and typical cold symptoms including a runny nose. The child often develops anemia as a result of intestinal bleeding caused by cow's milk hypersensitivity. One sign is dark stools caused by dead red blood cells.

If any of the above symptoms are observed, the cure is a simple one: total immediate elimination of all cow's milk and dairy products.

Dr. Frank Oski (once chief of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Medical School) suggested that fifty percent of children suffer from one or more of these symptoms, and regretted the fact that parents rarely if ever make the connection to milk consumption.

Heiner's Syndrome might very well be the least understood and most misdiagnosed disease in the medical literature. For many infants, the implications can be heartbreaking and catastrophic.

"Hypersensitivity to milk is implicated as a cause of sudden death in infancy."

The Lancet, vol. 2, 7160, November 19, 1960

"Those infants who died of SIDS expressed inappropriate or inflammatory responses suggesting violent allergic reactions to a foreign protein."

The Lancet, vol. 343, June 4, 1994,

"Those who consumed cows milk were fourteen times more likely to die from diarrhea-related complications and four times more likely to die of pneumonia than were breast-fed babies. Intolerance and allergy to cow's milk products is a factor in sudden infant death syndrome."

The Lancet, vol. 344, November 5, 1994

"Formula fed infants developed symptoms of allergic rejection to cow milk proteins before one month of age. The majority of infants tested had two or more symptoms...About 50-70 percent experienced rashes or other skin symptoms, 50-60 percent gastrointestinal symptoms, and 20-30 percent respiratory symptoms. The recommended therapy is to avoid cow's milk."

Pediatr.-Allergy-Immunol., 1994, 5(5 Suppl)

Robert Cohen

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