Kids Allergic to Cow’s Milk May Remain Shorter and Lighter

Kids allergic to cow’s milk may remain shorter and lighter as compared to kids who are allergic to tree nuts or peanuts, a new study research finds.

The study says Children who experience persistent allergies to cow’s milk are at an increased risk of remaining lighter in weight and shorter in height throughout pre-adolescence. The study was presented during the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology/World Allergy Organization Joint Conference in Orlando.

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Eight food groups account for about 90 percent of an allergic reaction such as milk, fish, wheat, peanuts, egg, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new study states that these growth shortages remained important in the 5 to 8-year-old and the 9 to 12-year-old age ranges, according to lead author Karen A. Robbins, a pediatric allergist/immunologist at Children’s National Health System — a US-based hospital.

During the study, the research team took a long-term chart review for 191 children in which they recorded height, weight, and co-morbid conditions such as eczema, seasonal allergies, asthma, and use of inhaled corticosteroids. they found that kids allergic to cow’s milk may remain shorter and lighter.

Robbins said, “We learned from our previous research that there is a continuum of risk for deficits in height and weight among children with food allergies.”  he also added, “They have never had cow’s milk in their diet. Looking at food labelling, many items ‘may contain milk,’ which severely narrows what could be a wide variety of food items for growing children. They also frequently have allergies to additional foods.”