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Cow's milk protein allergy and other food hypersensitivities in infants.

Authors
  • Venter, Carina
Type
Published Article
Journal
The journal of family health care
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
Volume
19
Issue
4
Pages
128–134
Identifiers
PMID: 19953752
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Food hypersensitivity (FHS) is the umbrella term used to describe both food allergy, which involves the immune system, and food intolerances, which do not. It is therefore important that the diagnosis is made by a specialist health care professional such as a paediatrician or allergist. Some experienced dietitians and health visitors may be able to assist in making a diagnosis. The diagnostic work-up includes a medical history and blood tests/skin tests (where applicable). A food and symptom diary followed by a special test diet to identify the foods causing the infant's symptoms may also be needed. Once a diagnosis is made, dietary advice should be given to eliminate or reduce the intake of the offending foods. For cow's milk hypersensitivity in infants, this will include choosing the most appropriate specialised infant formula.

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