No Chocolate This Easter? All About Dairy Allergy 😫🍫

No Chocolate This Easter? All About Dairy Allergy 😫🍫


I hope you are all having a lovely easter!

It’s Good Friday and my kids are curled up with Netflix so that gives me a small window to write.

Here goes…

1 in 50 children in Australia and New Zealand have a cow’s milk allergy. That’s 2 %.

The good news is that a majority of them will grow out of this allergy by the age of 5, which is similar to an egg allergy.

A reaction to cow’s milk is as serious as any other food allergy and should be treated the same way, if that reaction is anaphylaxis, this is life threatening and should be treated with Adrenaline.

Death from a cow’s milk allergy has happened in babies and children.

Over easter, we need to be very careful of those well meaning friends and family who’s favourite motto is “a little wont hurt!”

I’ve seen what a ‘little’ can do and it can mean several injections of adrenaline and an admission to Intensive Care.

Reaction can occur within a few minutes or even up to 2 hours after consumption.

Symptoms can include one of more of the following:

  • Mild or moderate allergic reactions - hives (urticaria), swelling of the lips, face or eyes, stomach (abdominal) pain, vomiting and diarrhoea.

  • (Anaphylaxis) - noisy breathing or wheeze, tongue swelling, throat swelling or tightness, hoarse voice, loss of consciousness and floppiness in babies or young children. Anaphylaxis should always be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment with adrenaline (epinephrine) and calling for an ambulance. 

    (ASCIA Website Nov 2018)

Some children can have other reactions to cow’s milk which is not an allergy.

Lactose intolerance is one of these. This is a problem with the digestion of cow’s milk and can cause vomiting, bloating, diarrhoea. It does NOT cause rashes or symptoms of anaphylaxis.

An intolerance is a problem with digestion and an allergic reaction is an immune response.

A skin prick test to cow’s milk is likely to show up as negative in this instance.

It is helpful to know that vomiting is only a sign of anaphylaxis in insect bites and stings.

Children with a cow’s milk allergy should avoid cow’s milk and similar usually (goats & sheep) and foods with cow’s milk in or as advised by your doctor.

Baked milk is tolerated by some children, usually advised by your doctor, and can help towards the desensitisation of the raw product, if kept in the diet regularly.

There are other alternatives for babies and children in regards to milk, and these should be recommended by your Allergy Dr or you can find out more about alternatives at the ASCIA website here

The good news? 80% of children will grow out of their cow’s milk allergy by the age of 5 years old.

So that a lot more children every year enjoying their real chocolate easter treats! Yay! 🍫🥚

Over at the Nest, we run an allergy component to our classes for parents and caregivers. It is a part of our Infant and Child CPR, First Aid and Allergy Management and Prevention Class.

See more about our classes here we run them in your home or at a venue of your choice, we also have regular sessions at the Children’s Clinic in Bondi Junction, NSW. Click the link and take a look!

Please leave me any comments or questions, I love questions!

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