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Milk Allergy: By the Numbers

Milk allergy is one of the most common food allergies in U.S. children; affecting 1 to 5% of children.  Symptoms of milk allergy can range from mild to fatal.

A study in the May 2013 issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports:

  • 20%:  the percentage of food-allergic children who have milk allergy
  • 2 years:  the average age of first milk allergy symptoms (other food allergies was 4 years old)
  • 31%:  the occurrence of severe allergic reactions (other food allergies was 47%)
  • Presenting symptoms:  vomiting (48%), diarrhea (46%), hives (35%), and eczema (35%)
  • Most common severe symptoms:  wheezing (21%) and trouble breathing (17%)
  • 4 years old:  average age at which milk allergy resolved; (6 years old with other allergies)
  • Milk-allergic children were twice as likely to outgrow milk allergy compared to other food allergies
  • 47% of milk allergic children also had seasonal allergies (hay fever) and 1/3 of these were springtime
  • Older children are twice as likely to have severe milk allergy symptoms compared to children < 2 years old.
  • White children are more than twice as likely to experience milk allergy compared to black or Asian children

At Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana, we can evaluate for true milk allergy so unnecessary measures that may significantly affect a child’s quality of life can be avoided.

This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional. 


  1. I thought I had a milk allergy for decades. Then on doing research over a decade ago, I discovered that rather than an allergy to milk, I had an allergy to either BGH, antibiotics or both.

    On switching to organic milk, there was no more problems.

    This was the start of my working with allergies. My approach is mostly as a holistic nurse. Using the water cures protocol, it is possible to provide relief for a number of allergies such as dust, grass and pet dander.

    My curiosity is how it would work with food allergies. My question is mostly for using it in the case of emergency when emergency health care is not available.

    Note that the salt we use is unprocessed sea salt and unlike table salt. We can and do use this in emergencies to lower blood pressure and in one case, when nitro did not work to stop chest pain, the salt and water did.

    • MZach17MZach1711-12-2013

      Greetings, Jon. Thank you for your comment. I hesitate about using the water cure protocol for treating food allergies and was unable to find scientific data to support or refute it. Currently the best treatment is avoidance of the inciting food and treatment with epinephrine when there is a risk of anaphylaxis and there has been ingestion.

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