4 Signs to Look for to See if Your Baby Has a Cows’ Milk Allergy

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For parents of a new baby, everything can feel different and confusing. One of the biggest stressors for new parents (besides sleep, of course) is figuring out the right way to feed their child. For some, breastfeeding is the right answer, for others it’s formula.

However, for a small percent of the population, their baby will seem unhappy and possibly in pain after every feeding. That’s when it’s time to talk to your doctor to see if your baby might have a cow’s milk allergy.

Cow’s milk allergy is one of the most common childhood food allergies. It affects around 7% of babies under 1, however most children grow out of the allergy by the age of 5.

For some children, the allergy starts from the first day they are born.

Here are 4 symptoms of cows’ milk allergy.

  1. A rash on the face, lips, or eyes
  2. Digestive issues such as a vomiting, colic, diarrhea, or constipation
  3. Runny or blocked nose
  4. Eczema that does not improve with topical treatments

If you are concerned your baby has a cows’ milk allergy, it’s important to talk to your pediatrician. If they confirm the allergy, many pediatricians will prescribe a specialty, hypoallergenic formula.

What is Hypoallergenic Formula?

Hypoallergenic formulas are prescribed by doctors who have diagnosed a cows’ milk allergy in an infant. The proteins in hypoallergenic formula are different from regular formula. This helps the infant with a milk allergy digest the formula more easily, making them less likely to cause allergic reactions.

What many used to consider colic is now a tell-tale sign of a cows’ milk allergy.

At Insurance Covered Baby Formula, we carry a wide range of hypoallergenic formulas and help parents get them covered by insurance.

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