Cow's milk allergy symptoms

Which signs and symptoms can you get if you suffer from a cow's milk allergy? What is a cow's milk allergy anyway and what is the best treatment?

What is a cow's milk allergy?

A cow's milk allergy is an exaggerated response of your immune system when you drink milk. With this some antibodies are produced to fence off the proteins that can are found in milk. A cow's milk allergy generally occurs in infants. This is because the gastro-intestinal tract is not fully developed yet. The tract is necessary to break up the milk into small pieces after which they are used as building blocks in the body. The intestinal wall functions as a filter. Infants who suffer from a cow's milk allergy are having holes in the intestinal wall which are too large so the proteins are not well or not at all broken down. The fragments are too big and thus are hard to include in the bloodstream. This causes the body to produce antibodies, to ward off these oversized building blocks. These antibodies attach themselves to the mast cells. They particularly occur in the skin and mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, as well as the gastro-intestinal tract. If the baby still drinks cow milk, the fragments will attach to the mast cells. The mast cells will become active because of this and therefore lose their contents. The baby will experience problems.

Signs and symptoms cow's milk allergy in babies

Which symptoms will have a baby have with a cow's milk allergy? The following symptoms may occur in a cow's milk allergy:

  • Itching, rashes, eczema, urticaria on the skin or edema around the eyelids, lips, mouth or throat
  • Asthma, bronchitis, or nose and eye problems occur
  • The baby may vomit, have diarrhea or be constipated.
  • The baby has colic
  • Tremendous abdominal pain in combination with nausea
  • Does not want to drink from the bottle or the breast
  • A lot of crying
  • Grows slowly
  • Migraine
  • Anaphylactic shock due to administration of the milk

Treating cow's milk allergy

What is the best treatment for a cow's milk allergy? When the above symptoms of milk allergies occur the best thing to do is to go to the physician or clinic. You can then discuss how you should handle the allergy and what is best for your child. Of course you have all the say in it. A family doctor will give you the best options to treat a cow's milk allergy and certain approved treatment methods. He can also indicate how severe the cow's milk allergy is and what must be taken into account. A cow's milk allergy is quite unpleasant, since many products have traces of milk. A diet change is a primary requirement. Furthermore, as a parent you should inform the people around you. Inform the school and the parents of the friends of your child about the cow's milk allergy, its severity and that it must be taken into account. In that way you can avoid bad situations.

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