My little baby girl is just 5 weeks’ old and I am soaking up all the cuddles and new baby endorphins.
But as well as relishing every moment I can also feel myself desperately looking for signs of a cow’s milk allergy to make sure that she is not suffering the way her brother was.I have been asking myself:
Cow’s milk allergy in babies: symptoms
Is she pulling off during feeds?
Does she seem uncomfortable or overly needy?
Is she suffering from reflux?
Is her skin breaking out in a rash or eczema?
Is she sleeping badly?
Is she gaining enough weight?
Does she have mucus or blood in her nappies?
All these can be signs of a cow’s milk allergy in babies and are things I wish I had recognised sooner with J. Hopefully this time we will pick up on any warning signs earlier but it can be very difficult for parents to know what to look for and get the support they need. I have heard so many stories of other mums who have been told similar things to us:
All babies are fussy…
Milk allergies are very rare…
It’s probably just wind…
Eczema is common…
Allergens can’t go through your breastmilk…
And the dreaded ‘Are you a first time mum?’ when health professionals refuse to take you seriously.
Diagnosing a cow’s milk allergy in babies
If you think your baby might have a cow’s milk allergy, trust your instinct. If you are breastfeeding you may want to consider cutting dairy out your diet to see if things improve. Or if you are formula feeding, ask your GP about hypoallergenic formulas.
Sometimes it can take time to get a proper diagnosis so don’t be discouraged. There is help available. The Is it cow’s milk allergy? website has lots of useful information and so does the CMPA support group on Facebook. Or contact Allergy UK for further advice.