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ISRN Allergy. 2011 Jun 29;2011:391641. doi: 10.5402/2011/391641. Print 2011.

Camel milk is a safer choice than goat milk for feeding children with cow milk allergy.

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Section of Pediatric Allergy-Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Hamad Medical Corporation, P.O. Box 3050, Doha, Qatar ; Weill Cornell Medical College, Doha, Qatar.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Various sources of mammalian milk have been tried in CMA.

OBJECTIVES:

To determine whether camel milk is safer than goat milk in CMA.

METHODS:

Prospective study conducted at Hamad Medical Corporation between April 2007 and April 2010, on children with CMA. Each child had medical examination, CBC, total IgE, cow milk-specific IgE and SPT. CMA children were tested against fresh camel and goat milks.

RESULTS:

Of 38 children (median age 21.5 months), 21 (55.3%) presented with urticaria, 17 (39.5%) atopic dermatitis, 10 (26.3%) anaphylaxis. WBC was 10, 039 ± 4, 735 cells/μL, eosinophil 1, 143 ± 2, 213 cells/μL, IgE 694 ± 921 IU/mL, cow's milk-specific-IgE 23.5 ± 35.6 KU/L. Only 7 children (18.4%) tested positive to camel milk and 24 (63.2%) to goat milk. 6 (15.8%) were positive to camel, goat, and cow milks. Patients with negative SPT tolerated well camel and goat milks.

CONCLUSIONS:

In CMA, SPT indicates low cross-reactivity between camel milk and cow milk, and camel milk is a safer alternative than goat milk.

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