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Minerva Pediatrica 2003 June;55(3):209-16

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Formula feeding during cow's milk allergy

Dupont C., De Boissieu D.


Cow's milk allergy (CMA) is an immunologically mediated reaction to cow's milk proteins, which affects infant and young children. Cow milk elimination requires either breast-feeding, with or without elimination diet in mother or the use of specific formulas, based on cow's milk protein extensively hydrolyzed, which fit 90-95% of children with cow's milk allergy. In others, still reactive to allergic remnants in hydrolysates, an amino acid based formula is the optimal option. The good tolerance of soy formulas in a reasonable proportion of children with cow's milk allergy make them useful, including as a 1st-choice alternative, except probably for those below the age of 6 months. Any elimination diet in children is at risk of nutritional deficiency so that a constant monitoring of the growth parameters should be kept in those children.

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