It's important to have accurate information available so that the healthcare professional can decide what the best course of action is for your baby.
Things to think about beforehand
- Is there a family history? Does anyone else in your family have a food allergy, hay fever, asthma or eczema?
- Is there a pattern in your baby's symptoms? Are they worse at certain times of day or do they coincide with certain foods or any changes in the environment or feeding habits?
- How severe are the symptoms, how quickly do they develop, how long do they last and how often do they occur? Do the same reactions happen each time a particular food is eaten?
Write down relevant information
It's a good idea to keep a log of your baby's feeding schedule and any symptoms they have so you don't forget. This can help your doctor evaluate whether there is a link between consuming cow's milk and your baby's symptoms. We have prepared a blank feeding and symptoms diary that you can download and fill in. The allergy test is also a useful tool to help you collate important information to discuss with a healthcare professional.
Questions you might like to ask
- What could be causing my baby's symptoms?
- Is it possible that my baby has a food allergy like cow's milk allergy?
- Do we need to do any allergy tests?
- Is it possible my baby is allergic to several things?
- If tests will be done, how long will it take to get the results?
- How is cow's milk allergy managed?
- What dietary changes are required for a baby with cow's milk allergy?
- Do I need to make any changes to my own diet if I'm breastfeeding my baby?
- Do I need to switch my baby's routine formula?
- How soon after making dietary changes would you expect to see changes in a baby's allergic manifestations?
- Does my baby need to see a specialist?
- If it is cow's milk allergy, will my baby always have it?
- If it is cow's milk allergy, when would my baby be able to tolerate milk again?
- Could cow's milk allergy affect a baby's growth?
The tools and tips on this site are designed to help you get the most from your time with a healthcare professional. Although this site is full of information to help you understand and recognize cow's milk allergy, it is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always speak to a healthcare professional.