Cow's milk allergy in infants


Adverse reactions to foods can be classified depending on whether there is an immune mediated reaction or not. Immune mediated reactions can be further broken down by whether they are due to IgE allergic antibodies or not. Understanding whether an infant has allergy or intolerance, and if allergy what type of allergy, is key to diagnosis and management of infants with CMA.

How common is cow’s milk allergy (CMA)?

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the signs and symptoms of CMA in infants.
  • Have an approach to CMA using the medical history, skin or IgE testing and dietary elimination methods in diagnosis.
  • Outline the differential diagnoses for CMA.
  • Understand the recommended feeding options for infants with CMA in New Zealand.
  • Have a systematic management plan in place for infants with CMA and know when to refer to a specialist.
  • Effectively counsel parents and provide educational support where required.


Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit' where you will be taken to the results page. From here you can print your certificate for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour.


The content has been developed in 2020 by Dr Jan Sinclair, Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.

This eLearning is sponsored with an unrestricted grant from Nutricia.


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