Cow's milk allergy linked to early infant formula

Avoiding dairy supplements in the first three days of life could be a simple prevention, say researchers

Giving newborns cow's milk formula in the first few days after birth doubles their risk of developing cow's milk allergy by their second birthday, a small Japanese study suggests.

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The authors say the findings of their randomised controlled trial indicate that dairy allergies are “primarily preventable” by avoiding supplementing newborns with cow's milk formula for at least the first three days of life.

The research randomised 312 newborns born to women at Tokyo’s Jikei University teaching hospital to either an intervention group, where breastfeeding mothers were only