Welcome to CMPA Support.
For every aspect of managing CMPA, and associated food allergies and intolerances.
We're here to help and support you through your journey with CMPA and asociated food allergies and intolerances, to help make your life a little less lonely, a little more bearable and a lot more fun!
Please Follow our campaigns on Facebook and Twitter, we endevour to keep you upto date with all the latest news on allergy related topics including the newest free from alternatives to every day foods such as cheese and chocolate!
We are currently raising funds to create a more comprehensive website, and to allow us to have a telephone support line and forum. Until that time you can join one of our support groups on Facebook or contact us and one of our volunteers or our registered dietitian Mel Rendall will answer your query and assist you in any way we can.
CMPA Support currently have four Facebook support groups for parent to parent support and advice;
Cows Milk Protein Allergy Support (@CMPAsupport) - General group
CMPA Support for Breast Feeding
CMPA Support for Weaning
CMPA Support for Reflux
The advice given by our volunteers, and the members in our group is based upon their own personal experience and should never replace that which you are given by your childs health care professional. All the information we provide on this website is accredited by our expert paediatric dietitian, however this should not replace a medical diagnosis. Please do not undertake any exclusion diets or change your baby’s formula without seeking medical advice first.
Our diagnosis page is armed with all the information you might need to help you and your child’s health care professional reach a diagnosis.
"Free From" Food
The hardest thing about avoiding milk protein (and other food proteins) is that it's added in to so many foods! Surprisingly there are many dairy and other allergen free foods to be found amongst the "ordinary food" in the supermarket, as well as some excellent alternatives for things like cheese, chocolate and Ice cream!
Mel studied at Nottingham University where she completed an Undergraduate Masters Degree in Dietetics, and trained in a number of different hospitals across the North of England.
Since graduating, Mel worked as an Acute Dietitian for Imperial NHS Trust in London with adults, and then as a Community Paediatric Dietitian in Islington, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea. Mel worked mainly in the areas of Allergy, "Fussy Eating" and Failure to Thrive, as well as completing a Masters qualification in Childhood Obesity.
Mel currently works as a Specialist Paediatric Dietitian in a North West London hospital, with a mixture of outpatient clinics, ward work and tube fed children out in the community. A large proportion of the children referred to her clinic have allergies - meaning Mel is the perfect advisor for CMPA Support!
Mel will be popping in to our Facebook group to give information about nutritional matters and the CMPA Support Facebook page will be hosting monthly live chats on various topics related to CMPA and exclusion diets. You can also ask her a diet related question via our contact for in the about us section.
The €9million project builds on an earlier €14.3 million research study and will involve the worlds leading experts in the UK, Europe, Australia and US. Together they mark the biggest study of food allergy in the world.
Up to 20 million European citizens suffer from food allergy. However management of both food allergy, by patients and health practitioners, and allergens, by industry, is thwarted by lack of evidence to either prevent food allergy developing or protect adequately those who are already allergic. European Commission-sponsored research, known as the Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management (iFAAM), will produce a standardised management process for companies involved in food manufacturing. It will also develop tools designed to enforce these regulations and produce evidence-based knowledge to inform new health advice on nutrition for pregnant women, babies and allergy sufferers.
The Manchester team will work with 38 partners including, industrial
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