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What are tips for living well with a milk allergy?

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Tips for living well with a milk allergy:

Find other ways to get vitamins and minerals. Dairy products are an important source of calcium, protein, and vitamins D and B12. If you or your child has a milk allergy, foods such as broccoli, spinach, and soy products can help fill the void. A registered dietitian can help you develop a well-balanced eating plan.

Try dairy substitutes. Drink soy, rice, and almond milk that are fortified with calcium and vitamin D. Look for non-dairy ice cream, chocolate, cheese, and yogurt.

Be careful with kosher products. Some may contain milk protein, even those labeled "pareve," which are considered milk-free under kosher guidelines.

Ask your pediatrician about safe formula. If you have a baby with a milk allergy, the doctor may suggest an extensively hydrolyzed, casein-based formula.

Avoid milk outside the kitchen. Check labels on cosmetics, creams, and ointments to see if they contain cow’s milk in any form. Some medicines also contain whey, which is made from milk.

From: Living With a Milk Allergy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Milk Allergy."

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network: "Milk."

Food Allergy Initiative: "Milk Allergy."

GirlsHealth.gov: "Milk Allergy."

Go Ask Alice, Columbia University: "Milk allergy or lactose intolerance?"

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Milk Allergy."

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network: "Milk."

Food Allergy Initiative: "Milk Allergy."

GirlsHealth.gov: "Milk Allergy."

Go Ask Alice, Columbia University: "Milk allergy or lactose intolerance?"

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on May 7, 2019

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