Milk Allergy

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Milk allergy is an allergy to a protein found in cow’s and other animals’ milk. This allergy can develop in babies and may subside at around 3 years of age. Until that time, it is important to keep your child from consuming cow’s milk, and any products that are made with cow’s milk.

A milk allergy is more likely to develop in babies that are formula fed, because the formula is based on cow’s milk. When breastfeeding the child, the mother should also limit her consumption of milk products as the allergy causing protein may be passed on to her child.

Symptoms of Milk Allergy

Symptoms of milk allergy include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Rash and redness
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Diagnosis of Milk Allergy

    A milk allergy is diagnosed by observing the diet of the child and removing milk products from that diet. If symptoms subside after removal, then the child is likely suffering from a milk allergy.

    Treatment for Milk Allergy

    The best way to treat this condition is to remove all traces of milk from a child's diet. Breastfeeding and maintaining low milk consumption on the mother's part is recommended. If that is not possible, there is a variety of formulas available that are not made from cow's milk such as soy formula. Feeding your child calcium rich foods can help act as a substitute to milk in his or her diet.

    The following should be avoided if it has been determined that your child has a milk allergy:

    Pure Milk

    Chocolate milk


    Biscuits and cookies with milk

    Cakes and pies made with milk


    Bread made with milk


    Milk Chocolate



    Cream Milk

    Sweet milk

    Condensed milk

    Evaporated milk







    Goat milk

    Malted milk

    Fermented milk

    Milk powder

    Lactose free milk

    Butter or margarine

    White sauce

    Ice cream


    Whey protein

    Milk pudding

    Mashed potatoes with milk


    Milk Allergy vs. Lactose Intolerance

    Although some symptoms are the same, milk allergy differs from lactose intolerance, in that the immune system attacks the protein in cow's milk, while in lactose intolerance, the lactose within the milk is not being digested. Milk allergy usually occurs in childhood and lactose intolerance occurs in adulthood.

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