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Suspected Cow’s Milk Allergy

The Community Paediatric Dietitians have produced the following videos to support parents/carers in managing a child with a suspected Cow’s Milk Allergy. They can be used whilst waiting for your dietetic appointment or to support advice given by your dietitian.

It is important that you do not start your child on any dietary restriction unless you have been advised to by a health care professional such as a doctor, dietitian or health visitor.

Formula fed babies and, although very rarely, breastfed babies can be affected. Allergic symptoms can happen immediately after feeding or they can be delayed. In the rare case of severe immediate symptoms such as swelling of the lips or the tongue or breathing difficulties, immediate medical help must be sought.

Further information

  • What is Cow’s Milk Allergy?
  • signs and symptoms
  • differences between Cow’s Milk Allergy and Lactose Intolerance
  • advice on a maternal milk free diet
  • specialist infant formula

It is important to note that whilst Cow’s Milk Allergy is one of the most common food allergies to affect babies and young children it is still rare. Diagnosis is difficult as most of the typical symptoms are very common in well babies – in fact, many babies will suffer from these symptoms from time to time and not have a milk allergy. Cow’s Milk Allergy, is more likely in infants where the symptoms are multiple, significant, persistent and resistant to medical treatment. This video gives guidance that will help determine if your child has a Cow’s Milk Allergy.
  • introducing your child to milk free solids
  • cow’s milk free meal ideas
  • dairy free alternatives
  • checking food labels
  • vitamin supplementation
  • in other words, using a milk ladder to see if your child has grown out of it

Duty desk

If you have any queries about the contents of these videos or on managing your child’s suspected or confirmed milk allergy you can speak to your GP, Health Visitor or call the Community Paediatric Dietetic Duty desk on 029 2066 8089.


These videos have been made available for informational and educations purposes only. The content in the videos is not intended to be a substitute for medical or dietetic advice and should be viewed as a supplementary source of information. Always seek the advice of your dietitian, health visitor or GP if you have further questions about your child’s current condition. Never delay in seeking or disregard professional medical advice because of something you have read or seen on this site. These videos are not intended for the use by the general public rather for those parents/carers who have been directed to this site by an appropriate health care professional working in Cardiff and Vale UHB.  Information relating to brands of food products may change therefore, we advise that food labels are regularly checked to ensure they are cow’s milk free.

Cardiff and Vale UHB disclaims any and all liability to any party for direct indirect, implied, incidental or other consequently damages arising directly or indirectly from any use of the video content provided. 

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