We believe breast milk is the best food for infants. When in consultation with their healthcare professional, mothers and families find that optimal breastfeeding is not possible due to their infant’s medical condition, formulas for special medical purposes play a vital role in providing essential nutrients to infants. We have a global commitment to market breast-milk substitutes responsibly.
This website is about the management of cow’s milk protein allergy and nutritional solutions intended for infants. By continuing on this website, you accept that Nestlé supplies the information at your own request.
Are you a healthcare professional or a parent ?
The following content is restricted for healthcare professionals only.
You will be redirected to our Pediatric Allergy page.
You will be redirected to our professional section.

Babies with hives

Baby with hives

Hives are a common skin condition characterised by well-formed itchy welts and swelling of the skin surface. Hives can occur anywhere on the body but in babies, are usually short-lived.



Could it be Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy?

The most common causes of hives include food allergens, such as a Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA). Your baby may also experience hives from other allergies, such as insect bites/stings, medication or latex. An infection can also cause hives.



Could it be Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy?

Hives are a common symptom for babies with CMPA and almost 30% of babies with CMPA have hives as a symptom.

Babies with CMPA usually experience more than just one symptom and these symptoms can be very different from one another.

If you think that your baby has hives, it could be CMPA. You may have even noticed other symptoms (besides hives or swelling), which may affect other parts of your baby’s body.

For a simple and easy way to check common symptoms associated with CMPA, you can use our symptom checker.





This will allow you to select all the symptoms that your baby may have that can be cow’s milk-related. You can then discuss these with your doctor.

In any case, if you have any doubts or concerns about your baby’s health, you should always seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Mothers should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding even when their babies have cow’s milk protein allergy. This usually requires qualified dietary counseling to completely exclude all sources of cow’s milk protein from the mothers’ diet. If a decision to use a special formula intended for infants is taken, it is important to follow the instructions on the label. Unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution can make babies ill. Incorrect storage, handling, preparation and feeding can eventually lead to adverse effects on the health of babies. Formula for special medical purposes intended for infants must be used under medical supervision.