Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Cow's Milk Protein Allergy in Infants

Arch Dis Child. 2007 Oct;92(10):902-8. doi: 10.1136/adc.2006.110999.

Abstract

Our aim was to develop guidance for general paediatricians and primary care physicians in diagnosing and managing cow's milk protein allergy in infants. The guidelines were developed by discussion based on existing national recommendations and standards, clinical experience and, whenever possible, evidence from the literature. Separate algorithms cover breast-fed and formula-fed infants. The recommendations emphasise the importance of comprehensive history taking and careful physical examination. Patients with severe symptoms need to be referred to a specialist. Elimination of cow's milk protein from the infant's or mother's diet and challenges are the gold standard for diagnosis. This guidance is intended as a basis for local discussion, implementation and prospective evaluation. The algorithms should be regularly assessed using clinical audit standards. Once validated, the diagnostic framework could provide a standardised approach in epidemiological and therapeutic studies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Animals
  • Breast Feeding
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Formula
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Milk Hypersensitivity / diagnosis*
  • Milk Proteins / administration & dosage
  • Milk Proteins / adverse effects*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*

Substances

  • Milk Proteins