Cow's Milk Allergy Or Intolerance? What Does My Child Have?

If your child is in the first childhood, in other words, he/she is less than 3 years old, the most likely condition is that he/she has cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA). The allergy occurs when the organism identifies some substance as a threat and starts to fight against it, generating symptoms, in this case a frequent crying, diarrhea, vomit, weight loss and occurrence of dermatitis.

Cow's milk intolerance occurs after the first childhood, once we are the only mammals who keep having milk after having grown up.  In many cases, the body is not prepared for this and starts having difficulty to digest.

CMPA is the most common allergy presented in this age range and reaches from 3% to 5% of the babies. The only treatment is total suspension of milk and milk-derived products. Nevertheless, children need milk's components to their development, and for this purpose, there are specific formulas.

Soy-protein based formulas are not indicated for these babies, because they can change hormone levels. Products formulated from hydrolyzed proteins of cow's milk meet nutritional management, but they do not taste nice. Now formulas using rice protein are an excellent option. In addition to containing all nutrients needed to child's development, they taste better and thus have a better acceptance.

We made a F.A.Q to clarify the main doubts about CMPA, check out:

1. What is CMPA?
This acronym stands for "cow's milk protein allergy". It is a problem that affects people who react so changed when they come in contact with cow's milk (LV) or derivatives, because your immune system to develop antibodies against the proteins present in the milk.
2. What are the symptoms of CMPA?
The main symptoms of CMPA appear in digestive tract, with the presence of diarrhea and vomiting, and only pass through the removal of cow's milk. At the same time there are skin problems, called atopic dermatitis, which causes discomfort from the irritation
3. What are the most common causes?
The cause of CMPA is abnormal behavior child's immune system recognizes as a strange food that the majority of the population tolerates well.
4. Children with CMPA may submit other allergies?
Yes, they can. Soy allergy are often present, along with APLV and other foods such as eggs, peanuts, among others.
5. CMPC x lactose intolerance: understand the difference.
In lactose intolerance there is no involvement of the immune system, but rather difficulty to digest lactose properly, which is the sugar in the milk itself. The manifestations are related to digestive system, basically showing abdominal fullness, diarrhea and vomiting.
6. What are the dietary restrictions the breastfeeding mother should have?
Nursing mothers should not take much cow's milk because it can raise the child. In addition, should avoid stimulants such as coffee and chocolate.
7. What is the treatment for CMPA?
There is no medicine to treat the CMPA. The treatment must be done by the withdrawal of cow's milk protein in the diet.
8. CMPA has cure?
With age the CMPA tends to disappear gradually. In general disappears until the 4 years. Only about 3% of the people remains allergic to life.
9. At what age children improve of CMPA?
In General, disappears until the 4 years.
10. My son can never have milk?
May, when CMPA symptoms disappear.

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July | 31 | 2018
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