Who gets cow's milk allergy?

Cow's milk allergy is most common in children under 3 years of age. It can occur in both breastfed and formula fed babies, however, allergic conditions are rarer in breastfed babies.

Proteins from cow's milk can pass into breast milk. In some cases, this can elicit an allergic reaction. In other cases, babies might become desensitised to any cow's milk proteins which are found in their mother's milk, but could develop a reaction when they are introduced to it later on in life.

Children with cow's milk allergy may have an inherited tendency to develop allergies. It is important to see if there are other members of the family who have allergies.

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