When should all the symptoms have disappeared?
If your child has been correctly diagnosed with CMA and is successfully eliminating cows' milk protein from it's diet then you are already half-way there!
After adjusting your child to a suitable formula, it may take a little while for their body to get back to normal – rather like waiting for a cut to heal. Of course, if you stop feeding the formula that suits your baby when the symptoms have disappeared or consume cows’ milk protein as part of your own diet while breastfeeding – symptoms could come back in a flash. Your child's doctor will be able to advise you on how long to avoid cows’ milk.
Some formulas prescribed by doctors (known as 'eHF') can still cause allergies in some children with CMA
If your infant is prescribed an extensively hydrolysed formula (eHF) and symptoms do not improve after two to four weeks, your doctor might consider switching to an amino-based formula (AAF). If symptoms do not disappear on an AAF, it may be time for another look at the diagnosis.
- What are eHFs?
Cows' milk-based formula treated with enzymes in order to break down most of the proteins that cause symptoms in allergic infants.
- What are AAFs?
Infant formula based on synthetic amino acids. It is suitable for the dietary management of children allergic to cows' milk or with multiple food protein intolerance.
Getting a diagnosis
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