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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control, allergies to milk are actually pretty rare. Only 1-3% of babies and children have a true milk allergy.

Symptoms can include:

   -   Vomiting and/or diarrhea
   -   Colic
   -   Constipation
   -   Blood in the stools
   -   Respiratory symptoms like:
Runny nose, wheezing, cough, or difficulty breathing.
   -   Hives
   -   Eczema
   -   Swelling
   -   Itching or rash around mouth or chin

Children with family history of milk allergy are at higher risk for a true milk allergy. Should you suspect that your child may have a milk allergy, contact your pediatrician immediately and discontinue milk products.

Take your child to the emergency room immediately if:

   -   Has difficulty breathing
   -   Turns blue
   -   Is extremely pale or weak
   -   Has generalized hives
   -   Has swelling in the head or neck areas
   -   Has bloody diarrhea

Your pediatrician will recommend an infant soy formula or other specialized formula for your baby should a milk allergy be suspected.

Should a milk allergy be ignored, there could be tremendous consequences to your child's health, happiness and well being.

Be sure to inform your pediatrician of any family history of milk allergy.


 

 


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