Cows' milk allergy is an allergic reaction to the protein in cows' milk. In short, an allergic reaction to food occurs when the body's immune system responds inappropriately to something in a particular food.
We all have an immune system to protect us from infections, and allergic. Our immune system attacks the viruses and bacteria that can make us ill.
The immune system may respond with a food allergic reaction within minutes of your child eating or drinking. Sometimes, the immune system can take longer to react - several hours or even days - which can make it difficult to diagnose.
Although around a quarter of parents suspect their child has a food allergy, only 1 or 2 in every 20 young children are truly suffering from food allergy.
The symptoms caused by CMA can be varied and may affect several parts of the body.How the body is affected:
IgE antibodies are produced by the body. These respond to foreign substances by causing the release of histamines into the body, which in turn causes the allergic reaction
Filling out this guide will help you prepare to visit your doctor if you suspect your child might have CMA.