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International Primary Care Association

Clinical Focus Volume 6 N2

Cow’s milk protein allergy in children


CMPA (Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy) is a relatively common condition in infancy that often presents to primary carers with a diverse range of symptoms. Accurate diagnosis, management and engagement with health professionals is essential to optimising outcomes and saving unnecessary expenditure. Cow’s milk allergy is the most common cause of death from food related anaphylaxis in children in the United Kingdom; although rare it makes this a significant topic for review and regular re-evaluation. A number of specific algorithms are available to assist general practitioners and paediatricians with this process. Management is usually based on dietary elimination, dietetic support and symptom management. A referral to Hospital services should be made if a diagnosis is in doubt, or if symptoms are severe or poorly controlled.

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  • Authors: Nicholas Ware, John Apps & Colin Michie
  • Keywords: Cow’s milk protein, allergy (CMPA), IgE, lactose intolerance, hydrolysed formula, elimination diet, enteropathy
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