Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk

Everyone's top pick for a drink in the morning is milk. What would happen if that favorite drink was a trigger to an allergy? Milk is one of the most common food allergies for children. This allergy is most common with cow milk, but can be other forms of milk.

There are symptoms of milk allergies that can be seen within minutes or hours and some symptoms can take longer to develop. Some of the symptoms that are more immediately are hives, wheezing, and vomiting. Other symptoms that take longer are loose stool, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, coughing, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy skin rash, and colic in babies.

There is no way to prevent allergic symptoms to milk, but trying to avoid milk is the best prevention. There are certain things to avoid, like butter, yogurt, ice cream, and cheese. There also can be ingredients in processed foods that contain milk. Look out for whey, casein, artificial butter flavor, artificial cheese flavor, and candies. Also, asking how the food is prepared when you go out to eat can be beneficial, because some places grill in butter and prepare other dishes that contain milk.

Most children usually grow out of their milk allergy by the age of 3. This can be a hard allergy to contain but with the right information you can keep your child healthy. If you are still having problems with your allergies, give us a call at 423.468.3267.