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I am so excited to share this podcast interview with you! The seriously Amazing and very lovely Dr Adam Fox kindly agreed to answer our questions about cow’s milk protein allergy and let me record it so I can share it with you all.
If you didn’t know then Dr Adam Fox is one of the few UK doctors with recognised higher specialist training in Paediatric Allergy, He’s a consultant at one of Europe’s largest specialist children’s allergy centres. He’s actively involved in cutting edge research and the use of new treatments not available outside of specialist departments.
He has Extensive experience in the management of food allergy, eczema, asthma, rhinitis (hayfever) and conjunctivitis as well as drug and insect sting allergy.
He was awarded ‘Paediatric Allergist of the Year’ (2007) by Allergy UK and is now a consultant Paediatric Allergist at Guys’ & St Thomas’ Hospitals, where his clinic was recently visited by the Science and Technology Committee of the House of Lords as an exemplar of good clinical practice whilst preparing for their report on UK Allergy Services. Adam is also an honorary senior lecturer in Paediatric Allergy at King’s College London.
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If you would like to book an appointment with Dr Adam Fox then you can do so here.
There is lots of very useful information in the NICE guidelines which Dr Adam mentions, here.
The Questions I ask:
For anyone listening who is new to cow’s milk protein allergy or thinks their baby may have it, can we discuss the signs & symptoms…
If on formula and your GP thinks you’re an over reacting mum and it’s not cow’s milk protein allergy – how can you convince him/her and get them on side to prescribe a hydrolised formula?
If breastfeeding, how long after removing dairy from your diet should you see an improvement?
How long after being on a hydrolised formula should you start to see improvements?
There seems to be so much mixed advice out there about what age you should and shouldn’t wean your baby at, I know the NHS Guidelines are from 6 months but in your opinion is it better to wean a cow’s milk protein allergy baby earlier than 6 months?
Can weaning early desensitise the gut or could it damage it further?
If a baby has been diagnosed with cow’s milk protein allergy in the first three months and been dairy free and reaction free since – when would be the best time to trial dairy again and would you suggest the milk ladder as the best way to do this?
Can tiny amounts of dairy through mums breast milk help build up a tolerance over time?
Can leaving the trial of dairy reintroduction until the child is aged 5 and they have a more mature digestive system help or is it best to try at a younger age?
What do you think is causing so many babies to have cow’s milk protein allergy?
Unfortunately Dr Adam Fox was called away so I wasn’t able to ask him all of your questions but I’m sure you’ll agree that he has answered some very important one’s and I hope that you find this information helpful.