If you're worried that your baby may have CMA, the symptom checklist below may give you more information. You should always speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about your baby.
The questions below will help to summarise your baby's symptoms into a report that you can take to your doctor.
How old is your baby?
Does your baby vomit more than usual or outside of meal times?
Babies often spit up bits of food, but vomiting beyond the typical mealtime regurgitation should be examined by a doctor. Reflux symptoms, often accompanied by signs of distress (such as back-arching and restlessness), can be a symptom of cow's milk allergy.
Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of the contents of one's stomach through the mouth and sometimes the nose.
Does your baby suffer with reflux?
Reflux is a chronic symptom caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the oesophagus.
Does your baby suffer from wind or bloating?
Most babies experience wind, but when it occurs along with several other symptoms, it can signal an allergy to cow’s milk and should be examined by a doctor.
Wind or bloating
Wind can be described as a general swelling, or increase in diameter of the abdominal area.
Does your baby have diarrhoea?
Diarrhoea is common in babies, but if it is persistent and/or if there is blood in the stool, it could signal cow's milk allergy and should be examined by a doctor.
Diarrhoea is frequent loose, watery stools.
Does your child have constipation?
Constipation refers to bowel movements that are infrequent and/or hard to pass.
Does your baby suffer from red, raised lumps skin (hives)?
Does your baby suffer from dry, scaly, itchy skin (eczema)?
Eczema is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the outer layer of the skin.
Does your baby suffer from repeated sneezing, coughing or wheezing?
Have you noticed any eye, lip or facial swelling after feeding your baby?
Eye, lip and facial swelling
A swelling is an accumulation of fluid beneath the skin.
When did you first notice the symptoms that you selected yes to above?
Is your child restless whilst sleeping or inconsolable when awake and crying?
Restless sleeping is characterised by persistent difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep or sleep of poor quality.
Does your baby arch their back as a sign of discomfort?
Back arching, during or after feeding, can occur in babies with significant reflux.
Does your baby refuse to be fed or struggle with weight gain?
How is your baby being fed?
If you started using formula milk did you notice the symptoms around the same time as this was introduced?
Have you started weaning your baby onto solid foods?
If you have started weaning your baby, did you notice symptoms particularly around the same time you started introducing solids?
Does the baby’s direct and/or non-direct family have any allergies or eczema/ asthma? (direct = mum, dad, brothers and sisters; indirect = grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins).
Your answers can help you prepare for the appointment with your doctor. You can print this page and take the print out with you on your next appointment.
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