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Is My Infant Allergic To Milk Protein?

Food Protein-Induced Allergic Proctocolitis (FPIAP) is a type of food allergy that most commonly appears in infants between one and four weeks of age with the majority of cases occurring in breastfed infants. The most common symptom is bloody stools, but otherwise, the baby appears to be in good health with no additional symptoms.

The good news is that the majority of cases are resolved before the child turns one year old.

For infants and toddlers who continue to experience symptoms, your doctor or registered dietitian may recommend a dietary elimination of milk protein to assess if this is effective in reducing or eliminating symptoms. For breastfed infants, it may be recommended for the mother to eliminate cow’s milk and soy proteins from her diet.

While it is not clear how many children have FPIAP, the condition is often underdiagnosed since the symptoms can occur in otherwise healthy infants.

Most cases of FPIAP are linked to exposure to cow’s milk, however, soy, egg, and wheat may also be potential culprits. Risk factors include having eczema and/or having a first-degree relative with food allergies.

Based on studies, infants fed a combination of breast milk and formula are the least likely to develop FPIAP.

If you suspect your infant may have FPIAP, please talk to your pediatrician.

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Sources:   

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4405595/
  • https://www.aaaai.org/global/latest-research-summaries/New-Research-from-JACI-In-Practice/induce
  • https://www.jaci-inpractice.org/article/S2213-2198(19)31065-7/pdf