Milk allergy is more rare and serious than intolerance and symptoms can be triggered by tiny amounts of the allergen. Symptoms, which can range from mild to life threatening, include skin rash, diarrhea, vomiting, cramps and in rare cases anaphylaxis. Allergy to cow’s milk is most common and is thought to affect 2-7% of babies under one – the good news is that most children will grow out of milk allergy by the age of three. It should be noted that allergens found in goats’ and sheeps’ milk are similar to cows’ milk and most people with an allergy will react to all these types of milk.
Diary products contain important nutrients notably calcium, protein and Vitamins A and B. Although eliminating lactose from your diet is the best way to live with lactose intolerance or milk allergy, it is critical to replace the nutrients with alternatives, for example, soya is rich in protein and nuts are a good source of vitamins and minerals. Coeliacs can often find they have a lactose or dairy intolerance when first diagnosed but may be able to take small amounts after a length of time on a gluten free diet, when food absorption has improved. Lactose free versions of all G-free products can be ordered (*where the nutrients lost from eliminating diary products are replaced with for example nutrients found in rice, soya or oat - remove.)