Milk allergy is the most common allergy in children. Now new research takes a look at just how prevalent it is. New research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s meeting finds milk allergy affects about two percent of kids under the age of five.
And more than half of infants under age one who have a food allergy are allergic to milk. Allergist Doctor Purvi Parikh says parents need to be on the lookout from the beginning.
“Look for rashes, diarrhea, abdominal pain. All of those can be signs of a milk allergy,” she advises.
In severe cases, the allergy can be life threatening and lead to anaphylaxis. But the research shows only 26 percent of milk-allergic children carry an EpiPen, the lowest rate among the top 9 food allergens.
Dr. Parikh says, “The good news is it is one of the allergies that’s able to be outgrown and most children actually grow out of their milk allergies.”