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Monday, 16 January 2012

Cow's Milk Protein Allergy - Resources, A Survey and a Chance to Win

Ever since I first introduced Lara to infant formula at 3 months old I've suspected that she is, to some level, sensitive to the contents of cow's milk. We have experimented with removing it from her diet but Lara LOVES milk, however itchy it makes her skin, and however uncomfortable her belly is after drinking it. I've steered away from a professional diagnosis through a fear of how much it would change our lives if she were to be diagnosed as allergic (although I strongly suspect that she is not allergice) and through some hopeful thinking that if it isn't causing her too much grief then hopefully the symptoms will pass without having to take drastic measures.

Cows’ milk protein allergy is the most common childhood food allergy, affecting between 2-7% of babies under one year of age. With a wide variety of symptoms (many of which can be similar to other conditions) having a child with cows’ milk protein allergy can be very worrying for parents. Aptamil and Allergy UK have partnered to create a range of resources to help support parents and help them to understand this condition.

Allergy UK is running a survey to share the experiences of parents or carers who have a baby with cows’ milk protein allergy, or suspect their baby may have the condition. We’d love for your readers to get involved to be in with a chance to win one of 30 vouchers from Mamas & Papas for £30. The survey is available from If you have a child with cow's milk protein allergy, or suspect that you have, please go and fill in the survey to ensure your experiences and views are recorded. The survey is open until February 3rd.

An online leaflet on the common symptoms of CMPA and what to expect from your GP or healthcare professional when you seek a diagnosis is available at You can also read Aptamil’s cows’ milk-free recipe leaflet for meal ideas

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