Michael Marcus, MD Pediatric Pulmonary DrMDK.com
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Male: How would you know if a kid is allergic to milk? Dr. Marcus: If a child is allergic to milk then the first thing that we would see is that the patient would have similar symptoms whenever they are drinking milk. Since milk is a common ingestion on a daily basis therefore, we would see the symptoms of allergies occur on an almost daily basis as well. Allergy symptoms could be skin rash such as eczema, it could be runny nose and congestion or may even be wheezing such as asthma. The next test we would try is the skin testing to see if the milk was the cause. If the skin testing was not tolerated by the child, blood test would be possible, we would then eliminate milk from the diet, use a substitute and then re-challenge the chocolate milk at some point three to six months later just to be certain that the testing truly diagnosed a pure milk allergy. Male: Is this a myth or a fact, some people feel when a kid has a cold, if he is drinking milk, the mucus gets thicker in any kid, is that possibly true or not true. Dr. Marcus: It is variable. There are some children where the milk fat can actually increase the secretions as they drink it. There are many children who tolerate milk perfectly well with no increase in their secretions from their ingestion. So what I generally recommend to parents is know your child. If the child milk during a cold, then see what happens. If the secretions seem to be thicker or more comfortable to the child then eliminate milk for a day or two, not for a long period of time.