Common Concerns

Milk Allergy

Everyone has heard of children who are allergic to ordinary cow’s milk. However, milk allergy is rare. Only 1 child in 100 is truly allergic to cow’s milk.

If you suspect your baby has a milk allergy, talk to your pediatrician. Be sure to mention if there is a family history of allergy. Contact your pediatrician or go to the emergency room right away if your child:

  • Has difficulty with breathing
  • Turns blue
  • Is pale or weak
  • Has swelling in the head and neck area
  • Has bloody diarrhea

The best way to prevent a milk allergy is to breastfeed your baby for as long as possible. Very few breastfed babies develop milk allergy. This is especially important if anyone in the immediate family is allergy-prone. When you introduce other foods to your baby, do it gradually (a new one at 1 or 2 week intervals). Watch for the signs of allergy.

If you cannot breastfeed, you may need to use a milk substitute. Talk to your pediatrician about the best milk substitute for your child.

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