Cow’s milk protects babies from dangerous allergies later

Allergies are common than ever, affecting millions of people worldwide. Recently there was a report that many children in the United States suffer from food allergy, specifically related to lactose tolerance.  There is no doubt that breast feeding is good for child’s future health.  As per a new study, if you feed cow’s milk to your child in first 15 days of birth, it may be helpful in protecting him from allergies later on.

What did study include?
The study was conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University and was reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  The study looked at the feeding history of 13,019 infants and is called as the longest and largest prospective study of its kind.

What were the main findings?
Study found that:

  • Children who were given an infant formula containing cow’s milk protein in the first 15 days of life were almost completely protected from developing Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMA).
  • These infants were 19 times more protected than babies fed on cow’s milk after 15 days, said a Tel Aviv release.

Yitzhak Katz, pediatrics professor at the Tel Aviv University, said: “Women who regularly introduced their babies to cow milk early, almost completely eliminated the...

incidence of allergy to cow milk.”

What are harmful effects of CMA?
CMA can be dangerous for babies as it leads to rashes, respiratory problems, shock and even death. The study suggested that feeding of cow’s milk early can the boost to the immune system early in life and acts as a “vaccination.”

Population of 13,000 looks like a big set for a study and the results look very promising.  Based on this study, I would recommend parents or potential parents to consult with your pediatrician to see if you can feed cow’s milk to your baby in early 15 days of his life.  Nothing is more important than your child’s health. 

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