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What Are Symptoms of Milk Allergies?

Infants can develop a milk allergy.  If milk is in their baby formula, how does your little one get the nutrition they need?

When the immune system has a hypersensitivity to the protein in cow's milk, that person can be allergic to milk.  This can be stressful for a parent because breastfed babies take mother's milk while most baby formulas are produced with cow's milk. 

Digestive Symptoms of Milk Allergies 

  • nausea
  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting

Skin Symptoms of Milk Allergies

  • eczema
  • swelling
  • hives

Respiratory Symptoms of Milk Allergies

  • runny nose
  • coughing
  • nasal congestion
  • wheezing
  • anaphylaxis (in life-threatening instances that affect multiple body systems)

Your baby may be fussy during feedings, have an increase in gas, and just does not have the same demeanor as before.  If your infant has been diagnosed with a milk allergy, talk to your pediatrician about options for feeding.  It is best to avoid milk altogether.  Nursing mothers may have to reduce their milk intake and find other sources of calcium.  Children who drink formula may find that soy products work for them.  At the same time, some children who have a milk allergy are also allergic to soy.

Of the 2 to 3% of infants who develop a milk allergy, most of them will grow out of the allergy by the time they turn one year old or shortly thereafter.  If not, your doctor can recommend an allergist to discuss long-term options, diet, and medication for urgent allergic reactions.

Food Ingredients Associated with Milk Protein

  • casein, caseinate, calcium caseinate, and sodium caseinate
  • lactalbumin
  • lactose


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