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21 Jan 2004

Cow's Milk Allergy
My son who is 4 years old has twice tested positive for cow's milk allergy (blood test). He does not show any obvious signs of allergy except perhaps that when he hurts himself the sore takes quite long to heal - I am not even sure that this could be a symptom of allergy. Under these circumstances is it still advisable to keep him off dairy products altogether? He was diagnosed as asthmatic 2 years ago but hasn't had a chest cold for a fairly long time now. Many thanks for your help!
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Margie
Slow wound healing is usually related to deficiencies in vit C, beta-carotene and zinc, not really to cow's milk allergy. I would think that the cow's milk allergy needs to be taken into account in relation to his asthma - discuss this with the dr who is treating him for the asthma. Children do grow out of certain allergies, so he may test negative the next time he has a test. To boost his immune system it may be a good idea for him to take a vitamin supplement such as Vidalin and to eat more fruit.
Best regards
DietDoc
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