What does baby poop look like with milk allergy

What does baby poop look like with milk allergy

Cows’ milk allergy (CMA), also called cows’ milk protein allergy, is one of the most common childhood food allergies. It is estimated to affect around 7% of babies under 1, though most children grow out of it by the age of 5.

CMA typically develops when cows’ milk is first introduced into your baby’s diet either in formula or when your baby starts eating solids.

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More rarely, it can affect babies who are exclusively breastfed because of cows’ milk from the mother’s diet passing to the baby through breast milk.

There are 2 main types of CMA:

  1. immediate CMA – where symptoms typically start within minutes of having cows’ milk
  2. delayed CMA – where symptoms typically start several hours, or even days, after having cows’ milk


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Many a new mom dealing with a fussy newborn (and truthfully, what newborn isn’t fussy?), has suspected that her suffering sweetheart must own a cows’ milk allergy or intolerance, especially when well-intentioned friends and relatives are also blaming milk.

If you’re breastfeeding, you may assume it’s the dairy in your diet that’s causing your little one to wail; if you’re formula feeding, you assume it’s the cow’s milk in the baby formula that’s causing the trouble.

Although it is one of the more common allergies in infants, milk allergies still only affect an estimated 2 to 3 percent of babies.

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Confusing the issue further is that numerous people are unaware of the difference between a milk allergy and milk intolerance. To clear up the confusion, here’s the breakdown on milk allergies and intolerance in breastfed and formula-fed babies.


Could it be lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is another type of reaction to milk, when the body cannot digest lactose, a natural sugar found in milk.

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However, this is not an allergy.

Lactose intolerance can be temporary – for example, it can come on for a few days or weeks after a tummy bug.

Symptoms of lactose intolerance include:

  1. diarrhoea 
  2. vomiting
  3. stomach rumbling and pains
  4. wind


Symptoms of cows’ milk allergy

Cows’ milk allergy can cause a wide range of symptoms, including:

  1. skin reactions – such as a red itchy rash or swelling of the lips, face and around the eyes
  2. digestive problems – such as stomach ache, vomiting, colic, diarrhoea or constipation
  3. hay fever-like symptoms – such as a runny or blocked nose
  4. eczema that does not improve with treatment

Occasionally CMA can cause severe allergic symptoms that come on suddenly, such as swelling in the mouth or throat, wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, and difficult, noisy breathing.

A severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis, is a medical emergency – call 999 or go immediately to your local hospital A&E department.


Treatment for lactose intolerance

Treatment depends on the extent of your child’s intolerance. Some children with lactose intolerance may be capable to own little amounts of dairy products without having symptoms.

Your kid may be referred to a dietitian for specialist advice.

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Read more about treatment for lactose intolerance in children.


Treatment for CMA

If your baby is diagnosed with CMA, you’ll be offered advice by your GP or an allergy specialist on how to manage their allergy. You may also be referred to a dietitian.

Treatment involves removing every cows’ milk from your child’s diet for a period of time.

If your baby is formula-fed, your GP can prescribe special baby formula.

Do not give your kid any other type of milk without first getting medical advice.

If your baby is exclusively breastfed, the mom will be advised to avoid every cows’ milk products.

Your kid should be assessed every 6 to 12 months to see if they own grown out of their allergy.

Read more about cows’ milk allergy.


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