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Dairy is one of the most foods that cause allergic reactions for children, despite the fact that cow’s milk is the usual reason for this kind of sensitivity, however, the milk of goats, sheep, and buffalo also causes allergic reactions.
Also, some children who are allergic to cow’s milk are allergic to soy milk as well.
The symptoms of dairy allergy usually appear after few minutes or even few hours of drinking the milk, and the symptoms are either mild, moderate or severe and include: wheezing in the chest, vomiting, rash, disorders in digestion, and rarely cause anaphylaxis that threatens human life.
Dairy Allergy Symptoms.
Milk allergy symptoms vary from one person to another, and happens after a few minutes or even a few hours of drinking the milk, where the following signs and symptoms appear:
- Wheezing .
- Rash .
- Vomiting .
Symptoms that take longer to appear:
- Softness of the feces, and may be accompanied with some blood.
- Diarrhea .
- Abdominal cramps.
- Cough .
- A runny nose.
- Tears in the eyes.
- Itchy skin, especially around the mouth.
- Colic in infants.
The difference between a dairy allergy and the allergy of the dairy proteins or lactose.
There is a big difference: Unlike the sensitivity of milk, the sensitivity of milk proteins or lactose does not affect the immune system, also the symptoms are different and have other treatments, and these are some signs of being allergic to lactose or dairy proteins: digestive problems and includes bloating, gases and diarrhea when eating yogurt or any of the products that contain lactose and dairy proteins.
It is rarely that the dairy allergy cause an anaphylactic reaction ( anaphylaxis ), which is a medical emergency threatening the life of patient where it causes narrowing of passages of breathing thus an obstruct in the breathing process. If it appears on the child an immune response when he drinks milk, you have to tell the doctor how severe was the symptoms.
Allergy tests reveal the allergy in order to take caution when drinking milk. However, the anaphylaxis is a medical emergency so it is requiring immediate treatment of Epinephrine and going to the hospital.
Anaphylaxis symptoms appear immediately after drinking the milk. Such as:
- The face starts getting hot.
- Itching .
- Narrowing in the passages of the air.
- Shock, a severe fall in blood pressure and death.