Signs Your Baby Has A Dairy Allergy

Nearly all infants are fussy at times. But how do you know when your baby's crying means something wrong? Some babies are excessively fussy because they are being fed formula containing cow's milk, and are allergic to a protein contained in the milk.

People of any age can be allergic to dairy, but it is more common among infants. Babies have a 2% to 3% chance of being allergic to milk, although most will outgrow it by the time they are school-aged. This allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly sees the milk protein as a harmful substance.

Symptoms of the allergy usually appear in an infant's first few months of life. Some babies experience an immediate reaction when fed cow's milk, though others experience delayed symptoms, up to a week after ingesting milk. The reaction can cause an infant to be irritable or fussy, along with an upset stomach, vomiting, gagging, refusing food, loose stools, and skin rashes such as hives or eczema. Rarely, a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis can occur, although it is more common with other food allergies.

If you think that your child has a dairy allergy, talk to your child's pediatrician about allergy testing and alternatives to milk-based baby formula and dairy products. Most children who have a dairy allergic reaction to cow's milk, goat's milk, and sheep's milk, and may also react to soy milk, making a careful choice of baby formula important. There are hypoallergenic formulas available that are safe for infants with a dairy allergy.

Photo: Pixabay

Latest Community Discussions

Latest Post by krisztina Thu, 02/20/2020 - 4:49pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by carmen22 Thu, 02/20/2020 - 4:46pm
Comments: 0
Latest Post by chicken Thu, 02/20/2020 - 4:45pm
Comments: 3

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

Just being around food can provoke anxiety in those living with food allergies, but this fear may be reduced or alleviated by a type of food...

You might have wondered how your family’s adjustment to living with a potentially life-threatening food allergy compares to other families in the...

When a child is diagnosed with peanut allergy, the implications ripple past the parents to rattle the rest of us - older siblings, grandparents,...

It can be easy to overlook the presence of nut allergens in non-food items because the allergens are often listed by their Latin or scientific...

There is no definitive treatment for a peanut allergy. Because every case different, reactions will...

If you or your child has a peanut allergy, that unmistakable smell of peanuts wafting through the air...

As much as 90 percent of all allergic responses to food are caused by only eight foods. The most common food allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts,...

Peanut oil is an inexpensive, healthful and inoffensive way to cook—unless you have a peanut allergy!

Light peanut oil is popular as a...

Although allergies affect many people worldwide, there are currently no universal allergy symbols. It is estimated that about 25 percent of...

This question has an interesting answer that may surprise you.

It is true that a chestnut is a nut. On the other hand, there are other...

Sometimes a runny nose or other allergy symptoms appear during pregnancy. Have you ever known someone who developed...

Peanuts cause more severe food allergic reactions than other foods, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. Although there is only a...

Dogs have some things in common with humans when it comes to their health. They can have a wide range of allergies, just as humans can develop....

Which candy bars are safe for those with peanut allergies? Those without allergies are accustomed to...

For many people with peanut allergies, baked goods present one of the most significant risks. Even if...

If children begin to eat many different foods at a young age, there is much more of a chance that by the time they are in school, they will eat...

Those with peanut allergies often find that they are unable to enjoy dessert since there's always the...

For those with peanut allergies, baked goods present a serious risk. Many baked goods do not appear to contain peanuts, yet were baked in a...

If you've ever tried to find...

If you find frequent allergy-related food recalls upsetting you are not alone, but a new federal rule may help reduce the cross-contamination...