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If your baby seems to have an adverse reaction after breastfeeding, bottlefeeding, or eating foods containing dairy, they may have cows’ milk allergy (CMA).
CMA affects a small number of babies under the age of one. Unfortunately, the symptoms can be difficult to spot, as they are similar to those of other medical conditions. So, if you think your baby may have CMA, you should talk to your doctor about it.
If you suffer from allergies, and are concerned that your baby may be born with allergic tendencies too, the following information can help you feel prepared, should your baby have CMA.
Your baby’s doctor will want to know about any history of allergies in your family and the symptoms your baby has that are concerning you. If, for example, your baby comes out in a rash after feeding, take a photo of the rash and write down how long it takes to appear and how long it lasts. Likewise, if they vomit or have diarrhoea, stomach cramps or constipation, after eating, drinking or other activities, write it down. The more evidence and information you can provide, the better.
Keeping a record of your baby’s symptoms will help their doctor understand what’s going on and recognise any reoccurring patterns.
CMA is fairly uncommon and the symptoms can be difficult to identify immediately. In many cases, repeated trips to the doctor are required before a diagnosis is made. With this in mind, it’s important that you don’t self-prescribe or make any significant changes to your baby’s diet without their doctor’s consent.
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