A baby with CMA can experience a runny nose as soon as 30 minutes after having cows' milk
Runny nose can be identified as streaming mucous from a baby’s nostrils. A baby’s immune system is immature, which makes them more vulnerable to illness. For some babies, it may seem like they have a constant runny nose, however this may likely be the result of a baby having back-to-back cold virus infections.
Sneezing is a natural reflex mechanism used to clear airborne substances and congestion from the respiratory and nasal passages. It is very common in babies and not usually something to cause concern
Why does my baby have runny nose and sneezing?
Possible causes may include:
- A food allergy, e.g. Cows’ Milk Allergy (CMA)
- Having an illness of the upper airways such as a cold virus
- Inhaling dry air or irritants, such as cigarette smoke and dust
Could it be Cows' Milk Allergy?
Runny nose and sneezing are common symptoms for babies with CMA.
Babies with CMA usually experience more than just one symptom and these symptoms can be very different from one another.
If you think that your baby has a runny nose or is sneezing, it may be CMA. You may have even noticed other symptoms (besides runny nose and sneezing), which may affect other parts of your baby’s body.
For a simple and easy way to understand the symptoms associated with CMA, you can use our symptom checklist.
This will allow you to select all the symptoms that your baby may have that may be cows’ milk-related. You can then discuss these with your doctor.
In any case, if you have any doubts or concerns about your baby’s health, you should always seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible. The information on this website should not replace medical advice from a medical professional.