Is Cow's Milk Responsible For Your Baby's Eczema? Print
Cow’s Milk May Be The Cause Of Your Baby's Eczema

 

It is National Eczema Week 14 – 22 September and as part of the week a new campaign is hoping to highlight the fact that cow’s milk can be a possible cause of eczema in babies.  There are hundreds of thousands of babies with eczema and parents may be surprised to discover that their child’s eczema could be caused by a cow’s milk allergy (CMA), as eczema is one of the primary symptoms of the condition.

 

CMA is the most common allergy that affects babies and one of the most common symptoms of CMA in babies is eczema, alongside colicky abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea.

 

The actress, Jennifer Ellison, has firsthand experience of CMA as her first child, Bobby, has the allergy.
“When I stopped breastfeeding Bobby he had a spotted, eczema like rash around his mouth, reflux and diarrhoea. He was also really uncomfortable and agitated. If it hadn’t of been for my mother-in-law who experienced CMA with my husband, I probably would have put it down to reflux but armed with the knowledge, I could go to the GP and tell him the signs. I also told him that I suspected it could be CMA. He referred Bobby to a specialist and he had a prick test to confirm the allergy, so it was diagnosed quickly.
I feel CMA needs to be spoken about and mums need to be aware of the allergy because the side effects are quite bad and people might just put them down to colic and don’t necessarily think or even know about CMA.”

 

With National Eczema Week from 14-22 September, a new campaign called Is It Cow’s Milk Allergy? Is running to highlight symptoms and help parents discuss symptoms with their GP and receive a quicker diagnosis.

 

To help prepare for a GP appointment, you can download a questionnaire from www.isitcowsmilkallergy.co.uk – which has been designed to be taken along to the appointment to help explain the symptoms your child has been experiencing.
Your local pharmacy is a good place to go initially for advice if you have any concerns on allergies or eczema without needind an appointment.