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Cows milk protein allergy

Eczema? Reflux? Constipation? Diarrhea? Crying? Do you suspect that your child has a food allergy? Cow’s milk protein allergy is one of the most common food allergies in the first year of life.

Food allergy or non-allergic food hypersensitivity?

Food allergies and non-allergic food hypersensitivities in babies and young children can present a real challenge. Until a diagnosis is reached, the process for parents, children and healthcare professionals can be a long and stressful one. 

Non-allergic food hypersensitivities, such as intolerances, arise because the body is unable to digest or reacts to certain naturally occurring component of foods, i.e., lactose or fructose, or, less commonly, food colouring, additives or preservatives. Non-allergic food hypersensitivities do not involve the immune system and are much more common than food allergies. 

Food allergies arise due to the body’s immune system reacting to certain, normally harmless, allergy-triggering substances (allergens) in food. These allergens are almost always proteins. Proteins are one of the essential nutrients that make up the body, together with vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fat. Other components in food, such as lactose and sugar, do not act as allergens.

Did you know?

  • 45% to 50% of children outgrow CMPA at 1 year, 60 to 75% at 2 years and 85 to 90% at 3 years.1
  • CMPA peaks in the first year of life, occurring in up to 3% of infants. It falls to less than 1% in children 6 years of age and older.1
  • In rare cases breastfed babies can develop the symptoms of CMPA. In such cases it may suffice for breastfeeding mothers to abstain from dairy products.2
  • Food allergies are on the rise with a large increase seen in the last 10 years. Food allergy in babies has reached 10% in some industrialized regions.3

1 Koletzko S et al. Diagnostic approach and management of cow's-milk protein allergy in infants and children: ESPGHAN GI Committee practical guidelines. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012;55(2):221-9.
2 Prescott SLet al. A global survey of changing patterns of food allergy burden in children. World Allergy Orgen J. 2013: 6(1): 21.
3 Vandenplas Y et al. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of cow’s milk protein allergy in infants. Arch Dis Child. 2007 Oct: 92 (10): 902-908.
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Support Tools for Cow's Milk Protein Allergy

SYMPTOM ASSESSMENT TOOL

Are you concerned with cow’s milk protein allergy? To prepare for your next health visit and help your doctor make a correct diagnosis, download the symptom checklist today.


SmilesBack App

An easy-to-use mobile app that enables you to keep track of your baby’s symptoms and feeds, to help your doctor determine if your baby has Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA).


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Calcium Calculator Tool

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