Does my little one have a cows’ milk allergy?

Most food allergies occur during infancy, cows’ milk allergy is one of the most common. Most children thankfully grow out of this allergy by 5 years of age. 

What is a food allergy?

Food allergies happen when your body’s immune system reacts to what for most people are harmless proteins in food such as those found in cows’ milk. This then releases a chemical into the body causing typical symptoms such as swelling, itching, hives, vomiting and wheezing. Some of these symptoms can be immediately especially when a child has a cows’ milk allergy. Even if your little one is breast fed they can show signs of a milk allergy as whatever you eat goes into your breast milk. Some symptoms don’t happen straight away and these can be things like eczema, colic and reflux.

What to do if you suspect a cows’ milk allergy

If you suspect your little one has a cows’ milk allergy talk to your health visitor and book an appointment to see a GP. The GP will be able to access if the symptoms are caused by a cows’ milk allergy or if there maybe another cause. They will also be able to refer you to a specialist if necessary. The best thing to do if you are concerned is talk to a health care professional they will be there to help and support you through this stage of your child’s life. With cows’ milk allergy being one of the most common allergies in today’s society it is easy to find other alternatives. 

The most important thing to do is not to worry there is help out there. If you would like further information and support please visit: