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Cow's Milk Protein Intolerance - Topic Overview

A small number of babies have reactions to a protein found in cow's milk. Signs of cow's milk protein intolerance include:

Most infant formulas contain cow's milk protein. If your baby has symptoms of a cow's milk protein intolerance, talk to your doctor. He or she may recommend trying a soy-based or hypoallergenic formula.

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Some babies who have cow's milk protein intolerance are also sensitive to soy. But soy formulas are often tried before hypoallergenic formulas, because they cost less. If your baby continues to have symptoms after switching to a soy-based formula, he or she may need the more expensive hypoallergenic formula.

It is important to talk with your doctor continuously throughout this process of trying formulas and monitoring your baby for symptoms.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: June 03, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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