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Symptom Checklist

Symptom Checklist

If you have found one or more symptoms to match those suffered by your child, the questions listed below will help you to find out if a food allergy could be the cause of the trouble.  Answering these questions will bring you closer to determining if and how your child is affected but please don’t fail to discuss the test results with your child’s doctor. 

  • Skin
  • Gut
  • Respiratory
  • Other
  • Results
Does your child suffer from itchy, red, raised skin (eczema)?
  • Eczema

    Eczema (from Greek 'to boil over') is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the outer layer of the skin.
Does your child vomit?

Babies often spit up bits of food, but vomiting beyond the typical mealtime regurgitation should be examined by a doctor. Reflux symptoms, such as spit-up and difficulty swallowing, can also be milk allergy symptoms.

  • Vomiting

    Vomiting (known medically as emesis and informally as throwing up and a number of other terms) is the forceful expulsion of the contents of one's stomach through the mouth and sometimes the nose.
Is reflux a problem?
  • Reflux

    Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) or acid reflux are chronic symptoms or damage to the mucous membrane caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the oesophagus.
Does your child have diarrhoea?

Diarrhoea is common in babies, but if it is persistent (an average of two to four times a day for more than five to seven days) and/or if there is blood in the stool, it could signal a more serious milk allergy.

  • Diarrhoea

    Diarrhoea is frequent loose, watery stools. The loss of fluids through diarrhoea can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.
Does/did your baby suffer from infant colic?
  • Severe irritability (colic)

    Colic (also known as infant colic, three month colic, and infantile colic) is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries or screams frequently and for extended periods, without any discernible reason.
Does he/she suffer from gassiness?

All babies have gas, but when it occurs along with several of these other symptoms, it can also signal an allergy to milk proteins.

  • Bloat or wind

    Bloating is any abnormal general swelling, or increase in diameter of the abdominal area.
Does your child have blood in the stools?
  • Blood in stool

    Bloody stools often indicate an injury or disorder in the digestive tract.
Does your child have constipation?
  • Constipation

    Constipation refers to bowel movements that are infrequent and/or hard to pass.
Does your child suffer from sneezing?
  • Sneezing

    A sneeze is a sudden, forceful, involuntary burst of air through the nose and mouth and is caused by irritation to the mucous membranes of nose or throat.
Does your child suffer from wheezing?
  • Wheezing

    A wheeze is a continuous, coarse, whistling sound produced in the respiratory airways during breathing.
Does your child have breathing problems?
  • Severe breathing problems

    Breathing problems or breathlessness is the inability to take in the oxygen the body needs.
Have you noticed any eye, lip or facial swelling after feeding your baby?
  • Eye, Lip and Facial Swelling

    A swelling is an abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the skin.
Does his/her clothes feel sweaty in the mornings?
  • Night sweat

    Night sweats is the occurrence of excessive sweating during sleep, even if your baby may not suffer from excessive perspiration while awake.
Has your baby experienced a low or no weight gain?

Most infants double their weight by six months and triple it by 12 months. Another sign of good weight gain is when babies follow the standard developmental growth charts at their doctor's health maintenance visits. But when babies are not getting the nutrition they need because of excessive diarrhoea and vomiting, they are unable to grow like they should.

  • Diarrhoea

    Diarrhoea is frequent loose, watery stools. The loss of fluids through diarrhoea can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.
Is your child restless in his/her sleeping?
  • Restless sleeping

    The medical term for restless sleeping or sleeping difficulties is insomnia.
Does your child refuse to be fed?
  • Feeding difficulty/refusal

    Feeding difficulty or refusal typically expresses itself in gagging, vomiting, and slow or difficult advancement of feeding volume
Does he/she suffer from extreme fussiness?

Every baby cries, but crying continuously and inconsolably for long periods of time is abnormal. When there is no apparent reason, this is usually called colic. Sometimes this extreme fussiness is actually caused by the gastrointestinal pain resulting from an allergy to milk proteins.

  • Fussiness

    Normal infant fussiness starts at about 1-3 weeks, peaks at about 6 weeks and reliably ends by 3-4 months, yet infants continue to experience plenty of burps and flatus well beyond 4 months of age.
Does his/her back seem to arch?
  • Back arching

    Back arching, also during feeding, can occur in babies with significant reflux of food.