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Monday, February 13, 2012

Milk Allergy In Infants

Monday, February 13, 2012
In recent years, the incidence of milk allergy in infants continues to increase. One contributing factor is the cow's milk before the baby is six months old.

Infants aged less than 12 months are more prone to suffer from milk allergies. "This is due to the gastrointestinal system is not perfect baby," said Dr. Zakiudin Munasir SpA (K).

Another trigger factor is family history. If the parents suffer from allergies, baby at high risk of suffering from milk allergy.

"When both parents are allergic, the risk is as high as 50 percent," he told a seminar on "Cow's Milk Allergy No Child Growth Barriers" held by Abbot Nutrition in Jakarta (27/4).

However, this type of allergy is experienced by children is not necessarily the same as the parents. For example, if his father suffer from dust allergies, so her son would be allergic to seafood.

Although both parents suffer from allergies, the actual risk of allergies in children can be suppressed. "The trick is to avoid the originators of factors, such as exclusive breast fed infants and mothers abstain from certain foods," he said.

Make the body exposed to the infection without illness is also recommended to reduce the risk of allergies. "Give infant immunization because his body will be exposed to germs that have been tamed," he added.


Clinical symptoms of cow's milk allergy are often encountered is the reaction of the skin (red and itchy), the reaction in the gastrointestinal tract, ranging from vomiting and diarrhea, or a reaction in the lungs of children are often sick cough.

Allergy to cow's milk should not be underestimated because it can interfere with development of the child. "If the baby is not breastfed, infant formula milk should be given a protein that has been hydrolyzed milk is broken down so that the body suppress hypersensitivity and allergy symptoms do not arise," said Zakiudin.

Unfortunately the price of a hydrolyzed milk formula is quite expensive. Instead parents can choose soy milk that has been specially formulated in accordance with the needs of child development.

"Babies should be breastfed. However, if breast-feeding mothers had a history of allergies, you should avoid foods that often trigger allergies, such as cow's milk, peanuts, seafood, and eggs," he said.

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