I get referrals for infants under two years with “cow’s milk protein intolerance”. What is this?

The term should be avoided. It has been used to describe a milk allergy, but can easily be confused with milk (lactose) intolerance. If a physician provides this diagnosis, contact him/her to clarify. Ideally, the diagnosis should be one of the conditions described in the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Report of the NIAID-Sponsored Expert Panel 2.1.3 Definitions of specific food-induced allergic conditions.

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