The first step to relieving your child's symptoms will be visiting your healthcare professional and finding out if your baby has cow's milk allergy. They will then be able to manage your child's condition.
CMA symptoms can be managed by eliminating cows’ milk protein from your child’s diet.There are several substitutes available - including formulas containing cows’ milk proteins which have been changed or broken down (these are called ‘hydrolysed formulas’)and formulas that contain no cows’ milk protein at all (these are sometimes called ‘amino acid-based formulas’).Because all children need proteins for growth and development, proteins can’t be completely removed from your child’s diet. So milk proteins must be replaced by alternatives. However, the majority of infant milk formulas you may be familiar with contain ‘intact or whole’ milk proteins and protein fragments (in other words, cows’ milk proteins which haven’t been changed or broken down). So many baby milk formulas aren’t suitable either.
What are the types of infant formula?
Check with your child’s doctor or dietitian before feeding your child any of the alternatives above to make sure they can tolerate them and whether they meet your baby’s dietary requirements.
Filling out this guide will help you prepare to visit your doctor if you suspect your child might have CMA.