All children with cow’s milk allergy should be regularly checked by their healthcare professional. This will monitor their overall health and will eventually help to determine if they have outgrown their allergy.
At follow up appointments your doctor will want to check your child’s growth, weight, any ongoing symptoms and how you are managing the cow’s milk protein free diet1. Additional allergy testing may also be reccomended2. Infants under 12 months of age will usually need to follow a cow’s milk protein free diet for at least 6 months3
Thankfully, most children outgrow their food allergies. Around 80% of children will outgrow cow’s milk allergy by the age of 3-5 years2. To determine if this has happened your doctor may recommend an oral food challenge. This involves feeding your child a small amount of cow’s milk protein under medical supervision and observing any reactions3. If the challenge does not cause any symptoms then cow’s milk protein may be able to be re-introduced into the diet3
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Around 80% of children will outgrow cow’s milk allergy by the age of 3-5 years
- Matola and Fiocchi. 2012. Cow’s milk allergy in children. World Allergy Organisation. Viewed 5 June 2016. http://www.worldallergy.org/professional/allergic_diseases_center/cows_milk_allergy_in_children/
- 2016. Cow’s milk (dairy) allergy. Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Viewed 5 June 2016. https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/food-allergy/cows-milk-dairy-allergy
- Koletzko et al. 2012. Diagnostic approach and management of cow’s milk protein in infants and children: ESPGHAN GI committee practical guidelines. ESPGHAN. JPGN. Vol: 55. No:2 pp: 221-229