Milk allergy

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Find out how to help your child manage a milk allergy.

Key points

  • Most children with a milk allergy outgrow it as they grow older. Consult an allergist regularly to see if there is any change in your child's allergy.
  • Infants with a milk allergy can continue breastfeeding or can take a soy-based infant formula. Speak to your doctor or a dietitian if you have any concerns.
  • Milk has a number of names, including casein, whey, lactoferrin and lactoglobulin. Many different products contain milk, including cereals, processed meats, high-protein flour, soups, dressings, spreads and baked items.
  • Milk contains calcium and vitamin D, both of which help strengthen bones. Alternative sources of calcium include almonds, broccoli and sardines. Sources of vitamin D include egg yolks, fish, liver and soy.
  • If your child's diet is limited because of a milk allergy, a registered dietitian can advise how your child can have a balanced diet.
Last updated: March 8th 2021