Cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA) is the most common food allergy in children. A milk allergy usually starts when a child is given formula and has an allergic reaction to the protein of cow's milk. Approximately 3% of children are allergic to milk. A minority of them will outgrow the allergy within the first 3 years of life. Some children develop tolerance during adolescence. However, some of them will retain allergy for life.
|How do I know if my child is allergic to cow's milk? |
Cow's milk protein allergy shows up in a variety of forms. The signs can come on suddenly or over a period of hours to days after ingesting the milk. A child can experience one or more of these symptoms:
These symptoms may also occur with many other illnesses, so it is always best to check with your doctor to confirm or rule out milk allergy as a possible cause.
|What causes CMPA? |
What to do if your child is allergic to cow's milk
CMPA vs. lactose intolerance
How to recognize the differences between CMPA and lactose intolerance.
Sometimes, cow's milk protein allergy symptoms are mild and cause only minor discomfort. But often, mild allergies can develop into more serious ones, endangering a person's health.
If your child displays any symptoms of cow's milk protein allergy, seek medical advice at once.
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