Up to 40 per cent of infants face delays in diagnosis for cow's milk allergy, paediatric allergy specialists have claimed.

In a report launched today (6th June), Dr Adam Fox, chair and trustee of the Allergy UK Health Advisory Board, and GP Dr David Mass have said that doctors should be able to connect common symptoms of cow's milk allergy (CMA) faster. These symptoms include atopic eczema and/or gastrointestinal reflux.

The report, 'The Challenge of Delayed Reactions', encourages early recognition and effective management by increasing knowledge and awareness of CMA. Findings published in the report show that more than half of GPs found diagnosing CMA to be difficult (57 per cent), with many infants waiting more than five months for a correct diagnosis.

The authors of the report, in partnership with Aptamil Professional, Allergy UK and Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition have called on professionals to ACT on CMA. ACT stands for:

 - Awareness of the symptoms

 - Connect the symptoms together

 - Take action - ask whether it could be CMA.

"Whilst healthcare professionals do a great job, there is recognition that CMA is difficult to diagnose. If you are not looking for CMA, then you won't find it," said Dr Fox. "Once GPs become more aware of CMA they realise they have been seeing this in their practice, but haven't always been picking up on the subtle signs."

To download the report visit www.aptamilprofessional.co.uk or www.neocate.co.uk

Story posted by Robert Mair on 6/6/2012