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food allergy• What is cows' milk protein allergy? A reaction to one or more milk proteins.

• What are the symptoms? Rash, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation and distress. However, these symptoms have many causes.

• What is the most common cause of food allergy? Milk. It affects a minimum of two to three per cent of infants. Other common food allergens are egg, peanuts and tree nuts.

• Isn't it the same as lactose intolerance? No. A food allergy involves a reaction of the immune system to the protein in a particular food. Lactose intolerance occurs because some people cannot break down the sugar in milk.

• Are babies solely fed on breast milk OK? Generally yes, although occasionally babies fed only on breast milk may react against food proteins from the mother's diet. It is possible to control these symptoms while continuing to breastfeed. • How can I find out if my child has a milk allergy? Consult your GP and request a referral to a specialist.

• What will happen if my child is diagnosed? A formula based on amino acids will relieve the symptoms and enable children to grow.

source -  Telegraph UK