In a food allergy, the immune system overreacts to certain foods. Normally, the immune system helps keep you healthy by defending against harmful germs. But in a food allergy, the immune system thinks something in certain foods is harmful. So it fights back with an allergic reaction.
Children who have a milk protein allergy are allergic to a protein in milk. The most common symptoms are a rash, an upset stomach, and vomiting or diarrhea. There may be blood in the stool. In babies, a milk protein allergy can cause a stuffy nose and trouble breathing. Symptoms are usually mild. But some children can have a severe allergic reaction.
The best way to treat this kind of allergy is to avoid milk and milk products. Your child might also be prescribed medicine.
Most children outgrow this kind of allergy between ages 3 and 5.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Give an epinephrine shot if:
After giving an epinephrine shot call 911, even if your child feels better.
Call 911 if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: September 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics
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