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Eur J Pediatr. 1993 Aug;152(8):640-4.

Cow's milk protein intolerance in infants under 1 year of age: a prospective epidemiological study.

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Department of Paediatrics, Academic Hospital Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Abstract

Incidence and clinical manifestation of cow's milk protein intolerance (CMPI) were studied in 1158 unselected newborn infants followed prospectively from birth to 1 year of age. No food changes were required in 914 infants who were used as healthy controls. When CMPI was suspected (211 infants), diagnostic dietary interventions according to a standard protocol were performed. After exclusion of lactose intolerance, two positive cow's milk elimination/challenge tests were considered diagnostic of CMPI. Two hundred and eleven symptomatic infants were examined for possible CMPI. A large group of 80 infants improved on a lactose reduced formula. In 87/211 infants CMPI was excluded (sick controls). Finally CMPI was proven in 26 infants. The calculated incidence rate for CMPI was 2.8%. The principal symptoms in infants with CMPI were gastrointestinal, dermatological and respiratory in 50%, 31% and 19% respectively. A positive family history for atopy (first or second degree relatives) was more frequent in either CMPI infants (65%), or sick controls (63%) when compared to either healthy controls (35%) or infants improving on a low lactose formula (51%). Differences between patients with CMPI and sick controls were only found for the presence of atopy in at least 2 first degree relatives [(5/26 in CMPI infants and 4/87 in sick controls (P < 0.05)] and for multiorgan involvement [10/26 infants with CMPI as opposed to 12/87 in the sick control group (P < 0.02)]. These statistical differences are too weak to be of clinical value.

PMID:
8404966
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