Why milk allergies need attention too

More young kids are allergic to milk than peanuts, but they're less likely to carry an EpiPen

Milk allergies in young children may require more attention from doctors, researchers say.

More children younger than five are allergic to milk than to peanuts, but only 26% of milk-allergic children have a prescription for an EpiPen, compared with 73% of peanut-allergic children.

The findings, presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology annual conference in Seattle, Washington earlier this month, suggest there is room for improvement at the "provider level", says researcher Dr Ruchi Gupta, of Lurie Children's at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois.

Dr Gupta and colleagues analysed data from a survey of more than 53,000 parents in the US, finding 1.9% of children have a "convincing" milk allergy, and 53% of infants with food allergies have a milk allergy.

Milk allergy may be just as dangerous as peanut allergy, but kids are less likely to