CMPI, or Cow’s Milk Protein Intolerance, is an allergic reaction experienced by infants to the proteins in milk. It should not be confused with lactose intolerance which is something often developed after the age of 2 or 3. Signs and symptoms can start as soon as 2 hours after milk intake or up to a week later and may include eczema, hives, or an upset stomach.
- The immune system normally protects our bodies from harm caused by bacteria or viruses.
- A milk allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly recognizes the milk protein as something the body should fight off.
- Cow’s milk protein intolerance can be divided into immediate reaction and delayed reaction. The two types have different symptoms associated with each.
“A milk allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly recognizes the milk protein as something the body should fight off.”