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Milk allergy is one of the most common types of food allergies in children. It is an immune system reaction to milk protein. Milk contains many different proteins, but casein and whey are the two groups of proteins most likely to be allergens.

Milk is a common ingredient in many recipes and store-bought foods. This can be challenging for parents and caregivers of children who have a milk allergy.

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) has created a resource that answers many common questions people have about managing a milk allergy.

Visit our milk allergy resource hub to learn more about:

  • What are the symptoms of milk allergy?
  • What is the difference between milk allergy, lactose intolerance, and cow’s milk protein intolerance?
  • How can I prevent milk allergy reactions?
  • What are different names for milk?
  • Can I have goat’s or sheep’s milk if I have a milk allergy?
  • What formula options are available for my infant or toddler with a milk allergy?
  • What can I substitute for milk when cooking and baking?
  • Will my child outgrow a milk allergy?
  • Is there a treatment for milk allergy?
  • Can people with milk allergy have foods that contain animal-free dairy?

KFA's milk allergy resource library also includes printables to help you manage milk allergy, including a Guide to Managing Milk Allergy and chef cards to use when you eat out.

You don’t have to manage your child’s food allergies alone. KFA provides educational information, food allergy news, a collection of nearly 1,500 Safe Eats® recipes, and new allergy-friendly foods alerts. We also have a free online community where you can talk with other parents and caregivers managing food allergies in a safe, encouraging environment.


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