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