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Lactose intolerance and cow's milk protein allergy are two common reasons for avoiding dairy foods.

The most common type of lactose intolerance is primary lactose intolerance, which affects approximately 70% of the world’s population (1). Additionally, cow's milk protein allergy is reported in approximately 2-5% of children, making it one of the most common allergies seen in infants and children (2,3,4).

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1. Heyman MB (2006). Lactose Intolerance in Infants, Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics;118:1279-1286.

2. Luyt D, et al (2014). BSACI guideline for the diagnosis and management of  cow’s milk allergy. Clinical & Experimental Allergy;44:642–672.

3. Meyer R (2013). Cows’ Milk Protein Allergy in Infants & Paediatrics. Complete Nutrition;13(2): 12-14.

4. Venter C, et al (2017). Better recognition, diagnosis and management of non‑IgE‑mediated cow’s milk allergy in infancy: iMAP - an international interpretation of the MAP (Milk Allergy in Primary Care) guideline. Clin Transl Allergy;7:26. 



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