Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Doctors' Breakthrough on Spotting Symptoms of Child Milk Allergy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Doctors' Breakthrough on Spotting Symptoms of Child Milk Allergy

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Byline: RossLydall Health Editor

CHILDREN who suffer from cow's milk allergy could benefit from better treatment after a breakthrough in diagnosing the painful condition.

Experts hope new guidance for GPs will transform the experience of thousands of families unable to establish what is causing them to have a "miserable baby".

The UK has one of the highest rates of child intolerance to cow's milk in Europe, affecting about two per cent of infants up to the age of four.

About half have the non-IgE, or "delayed", allergy strain. This is difficult to spot as its symptoms -- eczema, reflux, colic and stomach problems -- can be confused with other conditions.

This is in contrast to IgE milk allergy, which results in symptoms including hives and swelling within minutes of consuming milk, making it easier to diagnose. Dr Adam Fox, consultant children's allergist at Evelina London children's hospital and senior author of the new guidelines, said: "Non-IgE milk allergy is typically not well recognised or managed. …

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