Frequency of cow’s milk allergy in children with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

A study from the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatrics Centre of Excellence, Children’s Medical Centre, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, has investigated the frequency of simultaneous occurrences of two common childhood conditions: cow’s milk allergy (CMA) and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

Eighty-one children with GERD were enrolled, all of whom were given omeprazole for 4 weeks after the first evaluation, and for those who did not respond to the omeprazole, a cow’s milk elimination diet was started. Two-thirds of the cases responded well to the omeprazole, and their symptoms were completely resolved. The remaining third were put on the elimination diet, and after four weeks on the diet all their symptoms were also resolved.

The study shows that cow’s milk allergy can mimic or exacerbate the same signs and symptoms of severe GERD during infancy.

Source: Gut and Liver

First published in August 2011


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