Certain factors may increase the risk of developing a milk allergy:

  • Other allergies. Many children allergic to milk also have other allergies. Milk allergy is often the first to develop.
  • Atopic dermatitis. Children who have atopic dermatitis — a common, chronic inflammation of the skin — are much more likely to develop a food allergy.
  • Family history. A person's risk of a food allergy increases if one or both parents have a food allergy or another type of allergy — such as hay fever, asthma, hives or eczema.
  • Age. Milk allergy is more common in children. As they age, their digestive system matures, and their bodies are less likely to react to milk.
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