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Also known as: dairy allergy
Milk allergy occurs when your child’s body’s immune system (which normally helps fight infections) identifies certain cows milk proteins contained in many dairy products, as harmful, triggering an abnormal bodily overreaction. It’s common in infants and children. Milk allergy is not the same as lactose intolerance.
The body responds to the presence of milk proteins by producing an antibody (IgE) (different to those used to fight infections) which causes a chemical reaction which may go on to involve the whole body. Risk factors include; a family history of food allergy, the presence of other allergies, and eczema.
Symptoms (which can vary widely) usually begin within a few minutes to hours (less than 2 hours) after drinking cow's milk or eating milk containing food. Common symptoms include:
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: December 18, 2020 05:05 PM
1 in 13 children are affected by food allergies, learn more as Dr. Amy Feldman, an allergist and immunologist with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, explains food allergies in children.
Dr. Amy Feldman is an allergist and immunologist with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. In this video she gives a quick overview of the most common allergic reactions to food allergy.
Food allergies are when a person develops allergy antibodies (IgE antibodies) to a protein in a food, and when exposed to this protein it causes an allergic reaction.