How to test for milk protein allergy in infants?


Kurt Olsen

What Is a Milk Allergy?

When a newborn is allergic to milk, it indicates that their immune system, which is generally responsible for fighting infections, overreacts to proteins found in cow’s milk. Every time the infant consumes milk, the body perceives these proteins as dangerous intruders and tries hard to combat them. This results in allergic reaction in which the body produces substances such as histamine.

Most infant formulae include cow’s milk. Babies with milk allergies often exhibit their initial symptoms days to weeks after receiving cow milk-based formula for the first time. Breastfed newborns may exhibit symptoms if their mothers have consumed milk products.

Milk allergies may affect people of any age, although they are more frequent in young children. Many children grow out of it, but others do not.

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of a Milk Allergy?

An allergic response in children who exhibit symptoms quickly after consuming milk might result in:

  • wheezing
  • trouble breathing
  • coughing
  • hoarseness
  • throat tightness
  • stomach upset
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • itchy, watery, or swollen eyes
  • hives
  • swelling
  • a dip in blood pressure that causes dizziness or loss of awareness

Allergic responses to milk may range in severity. Each exposure may cause a distinct reaction in the same youngster. This implies that even if one response was modest, the next might be severe and even fatal.

Children also can have:

  • an intolerance to milk in which symptoms show hours to days later, such as loose stools, blood in the stool, unwillingness to feed, irritability, or colic
  • Lactose intolerance is a condition in which the body has difficulty digesting milk.

Consult your doctor if you are unsure if your kid has an intolerance or an allergy.

How Is a Milk Allergy Diagnosed?

Call your baby’s doctor if you suspect he or she is allergic to milk. The doctor will check your infant and may request stool and blood tests. The doctor may recommend that you see an allergist , who may do skin testing. In skin testing, the doctor or nurse will apply a little amount of milk protein to the skin before making a small scratch. If your kid responds to the allergen, the skin in that region will swell somewhat, similar to an insect bite.

If the allergist determines that your infant is at danger of a severe allergic response, epinephrine auto-injectors will be prescribed.

How Is an Allergic Reaction Treated?

If your kid has a milk allergy (or any other major food allergy), have two epinephrine auto-injectors on hand in case of an emergency.

An epinephrine auto-injector is a prescription medication in a compact, portable container. It’s simple to use. Your doctor will demonstrate how. Children of sufficient age may be taught how to administer the shot themselves. If they have epinephrine, they should keep it close rather than in a locker or the nurse’s office.

The doctor may also provide you with an allergy action plan, which can assist you in preparing for, recognizing, and treating an allergic response. It should be shared with anybody who cares for your kid, including relatives, daycare providers, and babysitters.

In an allergic response, every second matters. If your kid develops severe allergy symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, provide the epinephrine auto-injector straight soon. Also, if the symptoms include two separate sections of the body, such as hives and vomiting, give it immediately away. Then dial 911 and get your kid to the nearest emergency facility. Your kid need medical attention because, even if the worst seems to have gone, a second wave of devastating symptoms might occur.

Over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines are sometimes recommended by allergists, as they might aid in the treatment of minor allergy symptoms. During a life-threatening response, use an antihistamine after, not instead of, the epinephrine dose.

What Can I Do if My Baby Has a Milk Allergy?

If your breastfed newborn has a milk allergy, see an allergist to determine what dietary modifications you should make.

If you are formula feeding, your doctor may encourage you to switch to an infant formula. extensively hydrolyzed formula  or an amino acid-based formula in which the proteins are broken down into particles to reduce the likelihood of an allergic response.

You may also come across “partially hydrolyzed” formulations, but they aren’t really hypoallergenic and may cause a severe allergic response.

If you are worried about your child’s milk allergy, it is always ideal to consult with his or her doctor and work together to choose a formula that is safe for your baby.

Make no attempt to create your own formula. Commercial formulae are FDA-approved and manufactured via a highly sophisticated procedure that cannot be replicated at home. Other milks that may be suitable for an older kid with a milk allergy include not safe for infants.

When your kid is ready for solid meals, the easiest method to ensure that a product is devoid of milk is to check the label. Food manufacturers in the United States must indicate on their labels if their products include milk. First, go through the ingredient list.

Some items seem to be safe based on the ingredient list, yet they may come into touch with milk during the manufacturing process. This is known as cross-contamination. Look for comments like “may contain milk,” “processed in a facility that also processes milk,” or “manufactured on milk-processing equipment.” Because not all firms label for cross-contamination, phone or email the company to make sure.

Consult your child’s doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

Related Questions

  • At what age is milk protein allergy diagnosed?

    Cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA), commonly known as cow’s milk allergy (CMA), is one of the most prevalent food allergies in infants, often manifesting before the age of one year.

  • Can you test baby for milk allergy?

    Small drips of cow’s milk (or other suspected foods) are put on the child’s forearm. Each drop is inserted into the skin with a little puncture. If the child’s skin turns red and itching, it typically indicates that he or she is allergic to the meal.

  • What does baby poop look like with milk allergy?

    How does feces vary when you have a milk allergy? Blood in the stool is the most typical indicator that a newborn is allergic to milk. Similar to diarrhea, a baby’s excrement may become more runny and frequent. Mucus may also be present.

  • Can milk protein allergy show up at 3 months?

    They normally appear in the first few weeks of an infant’s life, although they might appear months later, according to Dr. Goldman.

Contact Us

For more information or to make comments and suggestions, please contact:
Kurt Olsen
Dairy Development Coordinator, Missouri Department of Agriculture
Phone: (573) 291-5704
E-mail: [email protected]