Cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA), also known as cow’s milk allergy (CMA), is a common food allergy (or dairy allergy).
With such a wide range of symptoms, recognising CMA can be a challenge. It is particularly difficult when symptoms are similar to the expected behaviour of your baby or when they overlap with other common problems.
Babies with CMA may experience:
- Digestive problems (such as diarrhoea, vomiting, constipation and reflux)
- Skin problems (such as urticaria, hives and eczema)
- Respiratory symptoms (such as persistent cough and wheezing)
- Generic symptoms (such as tiredness, problems sleeping or crying)
It is also important to note that not all symptoms will occur immediately (within 2 hours) after feeding; some may be delayed by up to 2 days or even a week.
We understand that the symptoms can be distressing, particularly at this time when you are getting to know your baby. CMA can be easily managed with the correct diet, so getting an early and accurate diagnosis is very important. If you suspect your baby may be allergic to cows’ milk protein, you should always discuss this with your doctor or healthcare professional.