Milk allergies are most common in the first year of life, and, according to online sources, eighty percent outgrow this by age five. Two to three percent of the children under the age of three are sensitive to cow’s milk.
The best method of dealing with this is prevention and breast feeding is the best way. Even in some alternative baby formula some milk is often used. The most recommended choice is soy milk; although a small percentage of babies are also allergic to this.
Not all so called milk allergies are in fact allergies, there is milk intolerance where the protein casein is not undigested by the body. In these cases the symptoms are mainly those of a gastrointestinal nature. There may be projectile vomiting; the stomach contents are projected back out the stomach and out through the mouth with a force that often propels it halfway across a room.
Sometimes the two conditions, lactose intolerance and milk allergies are used interchangeably, but if the immune system is not involved it is not an allergy. In these situations the usual signs of an allergy such as a rash, hives, eczema, etc., are not present. Lactose intolerance wrecks the gastrointestinal tract, however.
It is doubtful if this is ever outgrown. It seems to have disappeared but later on in life after a catastrophic illness, childbirth, or old age it could resurface. It is not uncommon to hear people complain of lactose intolerance throughout lifetimes. They may not have a severe form of an allergy or intolerance but enough to know that milk does not always agree with them.
The two parts of milk, the solid portion and whey the watery portion both have potential allergic reactions. If it is an allergy then upon ingesting it there will be an immediate immune response. Immunoglobulin will rush to the site of entry and try to close entryways. Sneezing will not be as liable as a dry tightening up of throat muscles, and possibly coughing.
(More severe reactions such as acute asthma sympotms can occur but are not as common as those that occur with peanuts, as an example.
Vomiting may be the next move since the offending food, in this case milk, has been swallowed. All these symptoms of distress are means by which the body is attempting to get the body toward a balanced state. If all the milk was not ejected in the forceful vomiting, and some empties from the stomach into the small intestines, then a diarrhea develops. This is another immune system mechanism to get the offending food source out of the body as soon as possible.
Yet, in one last attempt to learn more about how the body outgrows’ an allergy these brainstorming words I put down on my yellow note pad before I did any online researching. All apologies to medical science; I will be happy to learn the following is not true, and the above by more esteemed professionals are right. Where health is concerned, we only want the truth, and who gets there first with it is welcome. Allergies treat us all alike. My probabilities: Milk allergies aren’t really outgrown; they are most likely only subjugated by some other allergy. Of course as a child grows his immune system becomes healthier and is capable of assuming a normal state.
But just wait. An illness or some other immune system disturbance can bring the allergy in full force. Childbirth, old age, or whatever can again uncover an old malady. All allergies share common ground and the same overly sensitive immune system serves the whole body. Transference may be easier than a full blown milk allergy.
It’s not unusual to have childhood allergies revisit once again in old age. Somehow during childbearing year’s hormones seem to keep the body in good working order, but when these cease, the body reverts back to its old vulnerabilities.