8. August 2011 | 12:35

When should my child’s condition be reviewed?

All children with CMA should be reviewed by their Doctors at regular intervals to find out if they have grown out of their allergy.

Your Paediatrician and/or Paediatric specialist will want to monitor growth, weight, and ongoing signs and symptoms. As a rule, this should be done at least once a year.

Many, but not all, children outgrow their food allergies. This can vary for different foods and depends on the individual child. The majority of children who are allergic to milk will outgrow this condition by the age of 3-5 years. Monitoring may include skin testing, RAST blood test analysis, and/or oral food challenges dependent on the type of the allergic reaction. With early onset symptoms such as skin rash or swelling the allergy is triggered by immunoglobulin E (IgE). In this case, IgE-skin or blood tests would be performed. The other type of food allergy is called non-IgE-mediated food allergy and symptoms, are usually delayed, appearing several hours or days after the food is eaten. These include; eczema, diarrhoea or failure to thrive. Of course, some children show mixed reactions.

So don’t start worrying too soon if your child still shows positive in skin test or RAST blood tests. These will be used n combination with a clinical history and food challenge to determine whether the allergy has disappeared.

Ask your child’s Doctor for regular check-ups. After the age of 12 months they should see the Doctor at least once per year.