It's not always easy to spot the symptoms of food allergies, even for doctors, as some of the signs are also seen in other conditions commonly seen in infants and children. It is therefore important that you make a list of all symptoms your child is experiencing over a period of time and discuss these with your doctor. Your child's doctor will be able to tell you whether the symptoms relate to CMA or whether something else is causing them.

Common CMA symptoms

The prevalence of cow's milk allergy ranges from 1.9% - 4.9%¹ 

What symptoms to look out for?

The following symptoms are typical of Cow's Milk Allergy, especially if accompanied by restless sleep or excessive crying:

eczema eczema
baby woming reflux; vomiting; diarrhoea
cry baby colic; back arching; not feeding
wheezing wheezing

Using the CMA companion or the symptom checklist can help you to understand which symptoms to look out for. It can take time to exclude other causes and know for sure whether your child has CMA.


 1. Fiocchi A, Brozek J, Schunemann H, Bahna SL, von BA, Beyer K, et al. World Allergy Organization (WAO) Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow’s Milk Allergy (DRACMA) guidelines. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2010;21:1-125.

BREAST MILK IS BEST FOR BABIES. Any decision to introduce a formula feed should be made following discussions with your Healthcare Professional, after consideration of all feeding options, including breastfeeding.