The most common type of milk allergy is called cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA), which is caused by an intolerance to the proteins found in cow’s milk. CMPA is the most common food allergy in infants and young children, and it can be difficult to diagnose due to the wide range of symptoms it can cause.
Symptoms of milk allergy in infants may include:
Rash or hives
Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
Coughing or wheezing
Anaphylaxis (a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction)
If your infant exhibits any of these symptoms after consuming milk or milk products, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider as soon as possible. A healthcare professional can help you determine whether your infant has a milk allergy and develop a treatment plan to manage their symptoms.
Diagnosing milk allergy in infants can be challenging, as the symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions. A healthcare provider will typically ask about your infant’s medical history and perform a physical examination. They may also order allergy testing, such as a skin prick test or blood test, to confirm a diagnosis.
If your infant is diagnosed with a milk allergy, the most important treatment is to eliminate milk and milk products from their diet. This may require careful label reading to ensure that milk proteins are not present in any foods or drinks your infant consumes. Your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian can help you create a safe and nutritious diet plan for your infant.
In some cases, your healthcare provider may prescribe medications to help manage your infant’s symptoms. These may include antihistamines to reduce swelling and itchiness, or epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) to treat anaphylaxis.
It is important to work with a healthcare professional to develop a treatment plan that is right for your infant. With careful management, it is possible to effectively manage milk allergy in infants and ensure that they get the nutrients they need to grow and thrive.
Remember to always speak with a healthcare professional if you have concerns about your infant’s health or if you suspect that they may have a milk allergy. Early diagnosis and treatment can help ensure that your infant stays healthy and symptom-free.