Cow milk allergy is noticeable in affected infants four weeks after birth
Around six percent of newborns suffer from cow's milk allergy. After chicken egg allergy, allergy is the most common food allergy, as Ulrich Fegeler from the professional association of pediatricians in Cologne currently reports. "An allergy to cow's milk protein usually manifests itself about four weeks after starting a diet with components of cow's milk," says the pediatrician.
Skin reactions and intolerance caused by cow's milk Infants affected by cow's milk have skin reactions (wheals and vesicles) immediately after consuming milk. Among other things, children with eczema worsen the eczema. "With small neurodermatitis sufferers, parents should have their child tested for allergy to cow's milk protein," recommends Dr. Ulrich Fegeler. In addition, milk intolerance usually manifests itself as nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, colic and shortness of breath. If infants cannot be fed exclusively breast milk in the first six months after birth, a "highly hydrolyzed formula" is required for babies diagnosed with milk allergy. "If the allergy does not subside even after school, parents and children should learn to read food labels correctly," said Fegeler. A dietitian can help. "Parents and pediatricians should clarify whether an emergency kit is required and whether immunotherapy is useful."
A cow's milk allergy disappears in most of the affected children. However, cow's milk allergy decreases in around 80 percent of the affected children up to school age. "If older children are still allergic to cow's milk, there is little chance that the allergy will go away without a trace. This is why oral immunotherapy can be a great relief for this age group. Approximately two thirds of the children can consume certain amounts of cow's milk protein after such treatment take ”, explains Dr. Fegeler.
Cow's milk contains around 25 different proteins. The proteins also include allergenic substances such as casein, beta-lactoglobulin and alpha-lactalbumin. Milk products that contain milk powder, whey, milk protein, casein (casein), caseinates (caseinates), lactalbumin or lactglobulin can be dangerous to the health of children with a cow's milk protein allergy. (sb)
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