You’ve been feeding your baby milk without any problem, but suddenly your little one starts showing signs of discomfort after feeding. Could your baby have suddenly developed a milk allergy? The answer is yes, it is possible for babies to suddenly develop milk allergy.
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What is Milk Allergy?
Milk allergy is a reaction of the immune system to one or more proteins found in milk. It is not the same as lactose intolerance, which is the inability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk. Milk allergy is a more serious condition that can cause severe allergic reactions.
What are the Symptoms of Milk Allergy in Babies?
The symptoms of milk allergy in babies can vary from mild to severe. Here are some of the common symptoms:
Rash or hives
Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
Wheezing or difficulty breathing
Blood in the stool
Refusing to eat or difficulty feeding
Why do Babies Develop Milk Allergy?
The exact cause of milk allergy in babies is unknown. However, there are some factors that may increase the risk of developing milk allergy:
Family history of allergies
Exposure to cow’s milk protein in the womb or through breast milk
Introduction of cow’s milk protein into the baby’s diet before 1 year of age
Milk allergy is diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and allergy tests. Your doctor may recommend skin prick tests or blood tests to determine if your baby is allergic to milk.
What is the Treatment for Milk Allergy in Babies?
The primary treatment for milk allergy in babies is to avoid milk and all dairy products that contain milk. If the baby is breastfed, the mother may need to avoid milk and dairy products as well. In severe cases, the doctor may prescribe an epinephrine auto-injector to be used in case of a severe allergic reaction.
Can Babies Outgrow Milk Allergy?
Many babies outgrow milk allergy by the age of 3 to 5 years. However, some may continue to be allergic to milk into adulthood. Your doctor can help determine if your baby has outgrown milk allergy.
In conclusion, it is possible for babies to suddenly develop milk allergy. It is important to be aware of the symptoms of milk allergy and to seek medical attention if your baby shows any signs of an allergic reaction. With the right treatment and management, babies with milk allergy can live healthy and happy lives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can formula-fed babies develop milk allergy?
A: Yes, formula-fed babies can develop milk allergy. Cow’s milk protein is a common ingredient in baby formula, and some babies may be allergic to it.
Q: Is goat’s milk a good alternative for babies with milk allergy?
A: No, goat’s milk is not a good alternative for babies with milk allergy. Goat’s milk contains similar proteins to cow’s milk and can also cause an allergic reaction in babies with milk allergy.
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