Cows Milk Protein Allergy.... Is it, isnt it?

Cows milk protein allergy, the real deal that is, affects 2-3% of infants worldwide. It is the most common food allergy in the first years.


Cows milk protein allergy can manifest itself in the skin, gut and respiratory system with symptoms like wheeze, congestion, eczema, hives, reflux, constipation, anaemia, vomiting, feed refusal and growth failure. It is over and under diagnosed!!



Diagnosis can be tricky. There are allergy tests - but these will only tell us about IgE mediated food allergies (the ones that involve the immune system). Children with IgE mediated food allergies usually have symptoms within 2 hours after eating the food. So if you have a negative allergy screen it doesn't mean you don't have a food allergy, it just means you don't have an IgE mediated food allergy.


With non IgE mediated food allergies, symptoms appear 2 - 72 hours after eating the food. These are the hardest to diagnose - because who can remember what they ate 3 days ago?!!!


Some companies offer food allergy or intolerance tests that measure ‘IgG antibodies’, but these are not a reliable way of diagnosing cow’s milk allergy or intolerance. Other tests such as hair analysis, kinesiology testing and vega testing have also been found to be unreliable.