Southwest Allergy & Asthma Center



6100 Windcom Court,
Suite 101
Plano, Texas 75093

Serving: Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Richardson, Lewisville, Garland, Dallas, The Colony, Addison, Coppell, Little Elm, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 398 - 3500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

In the Texoma Medical Plaza adjacent to the new Texoma Medical Center
5012 South US HWY 75,
Suite 150
Denison, Texas 75020

Serving: Denison, Sherman, Bonham, Gainesville, Pottsboro, Van Alstyne, McKinney, Prosper, Durant (OK) and Madill (OK)

(903) 463 - 8400Telephone:
(903) 463 - 8500FAX:

7785 Eldorado Pkwy,
Suite 500
McKinney, Texas 75070

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 542 - 0500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

In Twin Creeks Medical Center Two
1101 Raintree Cir,
Suite 140
Allen, Texas 75013

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(469) 656 - 1057Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

12950 Dallas Pkwy,
Suite 700
Frisco, Texas 75033

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 569 - 8500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

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Cow’s Milk Allergy

What is a milk allergy?

A milk allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to the proteins found in cow’s milk.

Is cow’s milk allergy common?

Cow’s milk allergy is the most common food allergy in young children and usually presents in infancy. Approximately 2.5% of children will be allergic to cow’s milk.

What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction to milk?

Classic allergic reactions usually include a red, itchy rash called hives that occurs within minutes of ingesting foods containing cow’s milk. Hives can progress to or occur as part of a more serious allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that may include any of the following symptoms: wheezing or other breathing problems; vomiting, diarrhea or stomach cramps; face, mouth, or throat swelling; or signs of shock, including low blood pressure, dizziness, and passing out.

Many individuals who are cow’s milk allergic may have worsening of their eczema several hours to days after ingesting milk products.

Are there other types of reactions that can occur with milk ingestion?

Some infants with cow’s milk intolerance may only have gastrointestinal symptoms. These can include, bloody stools, vomiting, diarrhea and in severe cases weight loss or poor growth.

Lactose intolerance is not an allergy, but an inability to break down the sugars in cow’s milk. Symptoms can include nausea, bloating, cramping and diarrhea after milk ingestion.

Do children outgrow milk allergy?

About 80% of children will have resolution of their cow’s milk allergy by school age. Other forms of cow’s milk intolerance usually resolve in the first years of life. Lactose intolerance is typically lifelong.

Many foods contain cow’s milk, what things should I avoid?

If you are allergic to cow’s milk, you should avoid the following: butter or butter flavoring; casein and caseinates; cheese; cream; cottage cheese; curds; custard; ghee; half & half; lactalbumin, lactoferrin, lactulose, lactose; milk; nisin (food preservative); nougat; recaldent; sour cream; whey; yogurt

*Caramel, chocolate, and margarine may contain milk and deli lunch meats may be contaminated with cheese.

What formulas and milk substitutes can I use for my child?

Cow’s milk is very similar to goat’s and sheep’s (ewe’s) milk. These are not acceptable milk substitutes.

There are many milk substitutes available if your child is milk allergic. These include soy milk and formula, rice milk, protein hydrolysate formulas, and other supplements. If your child is milk allergic or intolerant discuss appropriate substitutes with your physician.

My child is milk allergic but is able to eat baked goods containing milk without reactions. Is he/she still allergic to milk?

Many children with milk allergy may tolerate small amounts of cooked milk. This does not mean the allergy has resolved, as children who tolerate milk in baked products may still react to uncooked milk.

How and when can I reintroduce milk to my child?

Although most types of milk allergy and intolerance will resolve with time, you should consult with your physician regarding when and how to reintroduce milk product’s into your or your child’s diet. Depending on the type of intolerance, your physician may use skin or blood tests to determine when it is safe to reintroduce milk into the diet.

Is it safe to breast-feed my child?

Breast-feeding is generally safe in children with milk allergy if the mother avoids foods containing milk products.