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Lunch and learns: the diagnosis and management of food allergy in infants, with a focus on cow’s milk allergy


In a drive to help healthcare professionals (HCPs) with their continued professional development (CPD), Nutricia Early Life Nutrition has created a series of CPD-accredited educational presentations, written by independent experts. These ‘Lunch and Learn’ presentations are the latest addition to our suite of resources designed to facilitate more informed conversations with mums-to-be and parents, and support assessment and management of common infant feeding concerns during the first 1,000 days of life.

These 30-minute presentations can be delivered by our Solutions Account Managers to any number of people in your local area. Our goal is to provide inspiring CPD-accredited training through this flexible learning platform, by helping busy HCPs further their knowledge base in and out of surgery hours.

The first of three presentations being developed this year is now available:

Diagnosis and management of food allergy in infants, with a focus on cow’s milk allergy

Within this presentation, we take a look at what constitutes a food allergy, including the impact of food allergies within the critical first 1,000 days, key signs and symptoms, diagnosis and nutritional management of cow’s milk allergy, and breastfeeding and weaning infants with cow’s milk allergy.

Learning outcomes

You will acquire practical knowledge on how to recognise symptoms, apply the latest diagnostic and management guidelines and address parental concerns. The topics that this Lunch and Learn presentation will cover are:

  • Manifestations and impact of food allergy in early life.
  • Taking an allergy-focused clinical history.
  • Signs and symptoms of IgE- and non-IgE-mediated food allergies.
  • Diagnosis and management of cow’s milk allergy using key guidelines.
  • Providing parental support and practical advice.

Owen Bull, Nutricia Early Life Nutrition Account Manager, explains: “This CPD tool has been pioneered by an expert Consultant Allergist using evidence-based guidelines and research. It is a great tool to empower healthcare professionals to understand diagnosing cow’s milk allergy and its significance in infant health.”

“Diagnosis and management of food allergy in infants, with a focus on cow’s milk allergy” is the first of three lunch and learn presentations released this year. The other two; ‘Common infant feeding problems, with a focus on the diagnosis and management of functional gastrointestinal disorders’ and ‘Understanding the nutritional needs of the preterm infant’.

Contact us to host a local Lunch and Learn!

To find out more or to arrange for us to host a Lunch and Learn near you, simply contact our free expert helpline on 0800 996 1234 to be put in touch with your local Nutricia Early Life Nutrition Solutions Manager. You will find more information of each of the modules here.

Learn more with our educational resources

“Our role at Nutricia Early Life Nutrition is to help healthcare professionals help their patients,” Laura from the Nutricia ELN Solutions team explains. “In 2017 we helped over 200 healthcare professionals attend events and gain educational grants — registering through eln.nutricia.co.uk — but we want to open this up to more healthcare professionals.”

In addition to the lunch and learn presentations there are also detailed print materials on allergy support, common feeding problems, the importance of calcium, weaning fact sheets and more practical tools like our Baby Symptom Checker.

Building on our print materials are our e-learning modules which can be accessed on our website. Each module counts towards CPD and is designed to help healthcare professionals deepen their knowledge of infant nutrition and common feeding problems, enabling healthcare professionals to advise parents with confidence.

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone you can call our designated healthcare professional careline, from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. Just phone 0800 996 1234 for expert advice on infant feeding and nutrition, including common infant feeding problems such as cows’ milk allergy, colic, constipation and reflux.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is best for babies. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed. Follow-on milk is only for babies over 6 months, as part of a mixed diet and should not be used as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. We advise that all formula milks including the decision to start weaning should be made on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist or other professional responsible for maternal and child care. Foods for special medical purposes should only be used under medical supervision. May be suitable for use as the sole source of nutrition for infants from birth, and/or as part of a balanced diet from 6–12 months. Refer to label for details.