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Understanding the Steps: Does My Baby Have a Milk Allergy

Understanding the Steps: Does My Baby Have a Milk Allergy

This step-by-step guide will walk you through the typical process of recognizing cow’s milk allergy, issues to talk to your doctor about and dietary management tips.

The journey from suspecting cow’s milk allergy to diagnosis by your doctor doesn't have to be confusing. If you suspect your baby is allergic to cow’s milk, follow these steps to help you talk to your doctor about the issues your baby may be experiencing.

Understanding the Steps: Does My Baby Have a Milk Allergy?

  1. Collect details of your baby’s health and the issues they may be experiencing. Use our allergy test to make it easier.
  2. Keep track of the symptoms. Write down information about the issues your baby is experiencing as they occur, noting days/times, etc.
  3. Speak to your baby’s pediatrician. Be sure to prepare questions to ask about the issues your baby is experiencing.
  4. Test and learn. To confirm if your baby has a cow’s milk allergy, your doctor may consider your baby’s history of the issues they are experiencing and advise on tests. They may suggest a special diet and food challenge, which is guided by them or another health care professional such as a dietitian. A skin prick or blood test may also be recommended.
  5. Change in diet. Your doctor may advise on appropriate diets. If you are breastfeeding, ask your doctor if you should take cow’s milk out of your diet, you may not need to. If you are formula feeding, you may be advised on suitable hypoallergenic formulas such as Nutramigen.
  6. Next steps. If your baby continues to have issues, you may be referred to a specialist who can advise you on further next steps or look into other food allergies.

Remember to always speak to a doctor if you are ever worried about your baby’s health. Get immediate medical help in the event your baby experiences any breathing issues, seems faint or has swelling around their mouth and face.