Becoming a parent is going to be stressful no matter what. There are plenty of challenges facing new parents, from figuring out how to get some sleep to determining what (and when) to feed your child.
This last issue can be more challenging if your baby has food sensitivities. It can be time consuming to determine whether or not your child has a food allergy. That could soon change for one of the most common food allergies, Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) or, as it is more commonly known, cow’s milk allergy.
Early detection of CMPA can be beneficial. The sooner you get the diagnosis, the sooner you and your doctor can begin to adjust your child’s diet in a way that will provide relief. “There are specialty formulas available, like Nestlé Health Science’s Alfamino® Infant formula, which are hypoallergenic and amino acid-based, that may be helpful for a child with CMPA,” says Aimee Henrikson, Pediatric Medical Scientific Liaison for Nestlé Health Science. “Or in the case of a mother who is breastfeeding, she can eliminate milk from her own diet.”1 Either way, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider.
“Pediatricians often manage CMPA by first removing cow’s milk protein sources from the child’s diet, then reintroducing it at some point to see if symptoms return,” says Henrikson. However, while you may see certain signs that may indicate your baby might be sensitive to cow’s milk protein, you should discuss options with a medical professional before eliminating sources of cow’s milk from your baby’s diet.
Nestlé Health Science is hoping to change that by working on a simple way for pediatricians to diagnose cow’s milk protein allergy. “We are partnering with DBV Technologies to create a simple patch test for CMPA. Cow’s milk protein allergy is a significant issue for many families and diagnosis is a major pain point for both families and physicians,” says Yu Cheng, Global Head of Strategy & Business Acceleration at Nestlé Health Science.
Not knowing what’s wrong is what drives parents crazy. Diagnosis brings a sense of relief to parents. “When I received the final diagnosis, I felt much more relaxed. You feel much more reassured that it’s something that can be solved, and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” says Kate, whose daughter Anna, has Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy.
“Food allergies are a growing societal issue,” says Cheng. “Our aim with tests like this is for Nestlé Health Science to become a complete solution provider that helps people deal with food allergy-related issues, from diagnosis to therapy.”
This technology promises to markedly improve the lives of both children and their families. Henrikson, for her part, is enthusiastic about the technology, saying, “I am excited to have the patch test in the Nestlé Health Science pipeline. It’s going to help a lot of parents get their children the treatment they need.”
- Mothers should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding even when their infants have cow’s milk protein allergy. This usually requires dietary counseling to completely exclude all sources of cow’s milk protein from the mother’s diet. If a decision to use specialty formulas is taken, it must be used under medical supervision.
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Nestlé Health Science is building an innovative portfolio of solutions addressing the medical needs of patients with food allergies through an investment in Aimmune Therapeutics.