Milk Allergy

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Almost all infants are fussy at times but some are fussy because they have an allergy to the protein in cows milk, which is the basis for most commercial baby formulas. Dr. Edward Hill discusses milk allergy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A person of any age can have a milk allergy, but its more common among infants, though most outgrow it.

Typically, a milk allergy goes away on its own by the time a child is 3 to 5 years old, but some kids never outgrow it.

A milk allergy is not the same thing as lactose intolerance, the inability to digest the sugar lactose, which is rare in infants and more common among older kids and adults.

Symptoms of cows milk protein allergy will generally appear within the first few months of life, often within days or weeks after introduction of milk-based formula into the diet.

Symptoms may include loose stool, vomiting, gagging, refusing food, irritability or colic, and skin rashes. Rapid-onset reactions include symptoms such as wheezing, swelling and hives.

Once you switch your baby to another formula, the symptoms of the allergy should go away in 2 to 4 weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, talk with your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.