Cows’ Milk Allergy (CMA)

Science does not know exactly why some children develop allergies against food, cows' milk being the most common one in infants and children. Symptoms can be avoided by eliminating cows' milk protein from your child's diet.

There are many options for substitutes available, ranging from formulas containing proteins which have been made smaller, to formulas that contain no cows' milk protein at all, so-called amino acid-based formulas. Luckily, most children outgrow food allergies later in life.


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Cows’ Milk Allergy (CMA)

What is Cows’ Milk Allergy (CMA)?

What is Cows’ Milk Allergy (CMA)?

Cows' milk allergy (CMA) is the most common food allergy in infants and young children – up to 7.5% of all children suffer from this condition. CMA occurs when the immune system reacts to one or more of the proteins contained in cows' milk.


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CMA or lactose intolerance?

CMA or lactose intolerance?

Although they share some of the symptoms, CMA and lactose intolerance are two completely different conditions and affect the body in totally different ways. It is quite easy to confuse them, but the following information should help.


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How can CMA be diagnosed?

How can CMA be diagnosed?

How can you find out whether your child is allergic to cows' milk? And what will your child’s doctor do to reach a proper diagnosis?


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How to treat CMA symptoms through diet

How to treat CMA symptoms through diet

CMA symptoms can be managed (dietetically) by eliminating cows' milk protein from your child's diet. There are many options for elimination possible, ranging from avoiding eating cows' milk while you are breastfeeding to using a substitute infant formula.These substitutes are hypoallergenic and there are 2 types available; amino acid based formula (AAF) and extensively hydrolysed formula (EHF).


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Why does my child have CMA?

The mechanisms of CMA are not completely explored yet. If your family has an allergy or atopic history, your child is more likely to get a food allergy as well.


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