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Cows Milk Protein Allergy: Everything Parents Need To Know


Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) is an allergic reaction of the immune system to a protein found in cows milk. This is found predominantly in children, particularly infants.

Only 0.5% of infants which exclusively feed on mothers milk show intolerance to cows milk. [1]

- CMPA is different from lactogen intolerance. It requires medical help.
- Supervision is needed when introducing cow milk in infants diets.


The symptoms of CMPA are varied and therefore it is difficult to recognize. However, there are some basic symptoms such as:
- Tiredness
- Sleep problems
- Breathing difficulty
- Runny nose
- Anaphylactic attack
- Restlessness
- Diarrhea
- Constipation
- Vomiting
- Wheezing
- Coughing
- Hives
- Eczema

Diagnostic tests are needed for confirming CMPA. The tests include:
- Physical examination
- Blood test
- Skin prick test
- Food challenge
- Allergy test


Avoiding products which are known to cause milk protein allergy.

- Visiting a doctor every 6-12 months
- Using formula food that contains protein which has been further broken down.

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