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I don't entirely agree with whoever posted on your thread on the allergy form. Yes, casein is casein, and if it is the casein in pasteurized dairy that your DS reacts to, he'll react to it in raw milk also...with one sort of exception. There are actually two different types of casein (my knowledge of this is a bit spotty so someone might come along with a more accurate explanation), A1 and A2. Milk sold in stores almost always contains the A1 type because those cows produce more milk. Goat milk and certain types of cows, like Jerseys, produce A2 milk, which is why some people tolerate goat milk but not cow milk, and may also be why some people tolerate raw milk but not pasturized as it seems like a lot of raw milk producers have Jerseys.
I strongly disagree that eczema usually indicates IgE mediated allergies. IgE allergies are relatively rare compared to IgG mediated ones, and I know lots of people/kids who have eczema, none of whom have IgE (anaphylactic) allergies.
So...I would say to go ahead and do a trial with raw milk, preferably goat or Jersey cow milk as long as he doesn't have anaphylactic reactions. But if he reacts, take dairy out of his diet. The benefits of the probiotics in raw milk yogurt/kefir/etc are not going to outweigh the drawbacks of the reactions if he does react to it.
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