What are the symptoms of cow’s milk allergy?

Babies who are allergic to cows’ milk may experience a variety of symptoms which usually appear around 15 minutes to 2 hours after exposure to milk or dairy products. However, a small number of children may not show symptoms until several days later.

There are 3 main types of cows’ milk allergy symptoms and most children with cows’ milk allergy experience 2 or more of the following:

  1. Skin symptoms e.g. itching, redness, raised and itchy rash or swelling
  2. Gastrointestinal (gut) symptoms e.g. vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation, refusing food, tummy pain
  3. Respiratory (airway) symptoms e.g. runny nose, wheezing, coughing or sneezing.
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