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Cow’s Milk Allergy

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Lorena and Maria’s story

“When Lorena was born, I chose to breastfeed her. But she cried so much. She was always awake and irritable. We were extremely worried that something serious was going on. After months of sleepless nights and countless visits to the doctor, she was diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. Although we were relieved it wasn’t anything more serious, it was also a very emotional time. I gave up breastfeeding and switched to specialized formula.”

After about 5 days I knew that I had made the right decision. I called the doctor and said, ‘I don’t know what’s happening, she’s actually sleeping at night’. The doctor said ‘yes, that’s normal for a child her age’. We were so happy.”

“After months of sleepless nights, she was finally sleeping. We were so surprised that we actually called the doctor to ask if something was wrong!”

Maria, Lorena’s mum - Brazil

Allergy is on the rise

The global prevalence of allergy is steadily rising, with around 30-40% of the world’s population now affected by one or more allergic conditions1,2. Cow’s milk allergy (CMA) is one of the most common childhood allergies, affecting up to 5% of infants and children3. Beyond the clinical symptoms, allergy can have a major impact on the quality of life of patients and their families, as well as being an ongoing economic burden on healthcare services4-7.

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