Lactose intolerance or cows’ milk protein allergy (CMPA)?
- Gastrointestinal symptoms from cows’ milk are more likely due to an allergic reaction to milk proteins rather than an intolerance to lactose.2
- When considering lactose intolerance or CMPA, careful consideration should be given to the presenting symptoms – lactose intolerance does not involve an immune reaction.<sup1–3
9 out of 10 infants with CMPA will present with two or more of the following symptoms:2–5
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1. ASCIA. Cow’s Milk (Dairy) Allergy 2019. Available at: www.allergy.org.au/patients/food-allergy/cows-milk-dairy-allergy (accessed August 2021).
2. Venter C. Cow’s Milk Allergy: myth v reality. Available at: www.nutricia.co.uk/hcp/resource-centre/cows-milk-allergy-myth-v-reality.html (accessed August 2021).
3. Walsh J et al. Br J Gen Pract 2016;66(649):e609–11.
4. Fiocchi A et al. WAO Journal 2010; 57–161.
5. Host A and Halken S. Allergy 1990;45:587–96.