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
"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)