Preventing Milk Allergies In Adults And Infants

Just like any food allergy, there is no assured method to prevent milk allergy from happening. If you consume milk containing allergenic proteins, you will get an allergic response.

The only sure way to prevent an allergic response is by avoiding milk altogether.

If a child is positive for milk allergy then the best safeguard is to not take in milk products. Look for something called casein in any product you purchase since that is a sure giveaway for milk derivatives. These derivatives can be present in anything such as meat, canned tuna etc. Moreover, in restaurants be sure to ask if they add milk to any of their dishes and avoid them.

Sources Of Milk Allergy 

As mentioned earlier, distinguishing the sources of milk allergy is the first step in preventing it. Obviously, any dairy product is a great example of sources of milk allergies. This includes buttermilk, skimmed milk, low fat milk, whole milk, cheese, gelato, ice cream, yoghurt, and butter.

When milk is used as a derivative or as an ingredient in food, it’s hard to identify it. Nevertheless, check for certain signs that indicate the presence of milk. Hence, the hidden sources of milk allergies are Casein, Whey, lactose, lactate chocolate, caramel, nougat, candies, artificial butter, protein powders, artificial cheese flavoring, Simplesse and Hydrosolate. Sometimes food products come labeled as nondairy but this does not always mean that they do not contain any milk proteins. Read the labels very carefully before purchasing and whenever in doubt ask the manufacturer if their item is made with milk ingredients.

Eating in restaurants is another “great” way to be exposed to milk proteins. Before diving into a steak, ask if it’s been done in butter or if the seafood was cooked with milk. Caution is the name of the game when trying to identify milk ingredients. If you are uncertain of the presence of dairy derivatives or milk then it’s best to skip them. The use of hypoallergenic products with kids can help avert dangerous situations. Moreover, if you suffer from anaphylaxis due to milk proteins then consult a doctor and have a vial of epinephrine in your pockets. Moreover, wear a necklace or alert bracelet that shows others around you that you are allergic to milk. This helps folks around to use the epinehprin when you are incapacitated due to a severe allergenic reaction.

Using Milk Alternatives With Infants

According to modern research, breastfeeding seems to reduce the chances of developing milk allergy (interesting to know is that the Danish term is mælkeallergi ) as opposed to starting infants off quickly on cow’s milk. Moreover, the chance of being allergic to breastfeeding is minimal making it an excellent source for milk proteins. Also, it is usually recommended to breastfeed for the first four to six months since this aids the immune system to develop and gain protection not just against dairy allergies but many other diseases.

If formula is something that you eventually end up using then search for formulas that are hypoallergenic or that use enzymes to hydrolyze milk proteins like casein or whey. Filtering, heating and processing are other ways in which milk proteins can be removed from a milk diet.

Lyuben Georgiev

I am a writer who love writing interesting articles on medicine and health topics.

One thought on “Preventing Milk Allergies In Adults And Infants

  • October 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    It’s certainly true to say that as a species we do not seem genetically disposed towards drinking the milk of other species. As a learned trait it has generally served us well, but of course it is not for everyone. Although most people will never have any reason to, they would probably be best served by cutting out milk from their diets – I’ve yet to meet someone who hasn’t felt better after cutting down on milk/dairy products.


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