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The Remaining Challenge to Diagnose and Manage Cow's Milk Allergy

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Subtitle:An Opinion Paper to Daily Clinical Practice

Guidelines and recommendations for the diagnosis and management of cow's milk allergy (CMA) in childhood are based on scientific review of the available evidence. While this approach is the most rigorous, guidelines may not fully address all scenarios encountered by clinicians. Many symptoms of CMA overlap with other common childhood illnesses and are subjectively reported by the caregivers of the infant, as is the interpretation of the dietary interventions. Additionally, many healthcare professionals and caregivers do not follow the recommendations to perform an oral food challenge or reintroduction of cow's milk after a diagnostic elimination diet because (1) the infant is doing well and (2) the carer's fear of symptoms relapsing with this procedure. As a result, CMA in infants may be either under-diagnosed leading to reduced quality of life for families or over-diagnosed, resulting in unnecessary long-term elimination diets and increasing the risk for nutritional deficiencies. This paper discusses some of these controversial topics, focusing on misdiagnosis and mismanagement in clinical practice. The lack of objective diagnostic criteria can hamper the diagnosis and management of CMA in daily practice.

Journal: Nutrients
ISSN: 2072-6643
Issue: 22
Volume: 15
Publication year:2023
Keywords:Infant, Animals, Female, Cattle, Humans, Milk Hypersensitivity/diagnosis, Quality of Life, Milk/adverse effects, Malnutrition, Allergens