The journey from suspecting cow’s milk allergy to diagnosis doesn't have to be confusing.

This step by step guide will walk you through the typical process of recognizing cow’s milk allergy to getting a possible diagnosis and the dietary management that may follow.

Remember to always speak to a healthcare professional (HCP) if you are worried about your baby’s health. Get immediate medical help in the event of severe symptoms such as anaphylaxis.

  •  Know the common signs of cow’s milk allergy

  • Collate details of your baby and her symptoms. Use the allergy test

  • Keep track of the symptoms

  • Speak to your HCP; prepare questions to ask 

  • Your HCP may consider your baby’s history and advise on tests. He may suggest an elimination diet and food challenge. A skin prick or blood test may also be recommended.

  • Your HCP can advise on appropriate diets. If you are breastfeeding, you may be advised to exclude cow’s milk from your diet. If you are formula feeding, you may be advised on suitable hypoallergenic formulas such as Nutramigen.

  • If symptoms continue or are severe you may be referred to a specialist who may diagnose severe CMA or multiple food allergies, or investigate other conditions.

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