Shopping guide for infants and children with cow’s milk allergy

Infants and children diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy must avoid all foods containing cow’s milk protein. While most of us know that cow’s milk is found in dairy products, other foods containing cow’s milk are not always obvious.  Thankfully there is legislation in place in Australia and New Zealand that requires milk to be listed in bold text in ingredient lists on food labels. For parents of children with cow’s milk allergy it is important to read the labels of all manufactured foods to ensure that they do not contain cow’s milk protein.

The following foods contain cow’s milk protein and must be avoided by children and infants with cow’s milk allergy:

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*It is recommended that children with cow’s milk allergy avoid all coconut products. Coconut itself does not contain cow’s milk protein however authorities cannot currently guarantee that sufficient testing has occurred on all coconut products to ensure they are cow’s milk protein free1.

**Children with cow’s milk allergy will also need to avoid other mammalian milks (like sheep and goats milk) as these contain similar proteins to cow’s milk. These milks may cause an allergic reaction in a child with cow’s milk allergy

 

The following foods may contain cow’s milk protein. It is important to check the labels on these foods before giving them to your child. If the food contains cow’s milk protein it should be avoided.

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Please note
that this is not a complete list of all foods containing cow’s milk protein. It is important to check the labels of all manufactured foods before consuming.

 

Cow’s milk alternatives

Cow’s milk and dairy products provide an important source of calcium, protein, energy and other nutrients for infants and children. If cow’s milk is removed from the diet due to cow’s milk allergy, it is important to provide an alternative source of these nutrients. Most of the products listed below are available at large supermarkets, however for some of the items you may need to visit a health food or speciality store.

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Table adapted from Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy ‘Dietary Avoidance- cow’s milk allergy

 

If cow’s milk is removed from the diet due to cow’s milk allergy, it is important to provide an alternative source of these nutrients

 

 

  1. 2015. Dietary avoidance- cow’s milk (dairy) allergy. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Viewed 22 June 2016. http://www.allergy.org.au/2014-01-10-23-45-15/68-pcc/food/190-ascia-dietary-avoidance-for-food-allergy