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Speaking as someone who supposedly outgrew my milk allergy, I can say I never really outgrew it.
My parents never kept me off cheese and yogurt as a child because they had some misinformation about my allergy and believed "cooked" milk was okay. When I was about 10-12 I started sneaking ice cream when I was at school, wanting to prove that I had outgrown my allergy. I didn't have the severe reactions that I'd had as a child, so when I finally fessed up, we all figured maybe I was right.
I continued to drink and eat dairy until I was about 25. I was constantly constipated, regularly had a hacking cough (several people thought I was a closet smoker), and got ear infections every few months. I had no idea that these were related to milk until I gave it up for a few weeks just for fun. That was when I discovered my eczema, lack of energy, and join aches were also related to dairy consumption.
All that to say, be very careful in assuming a child will outgrow an allergy/intolerance. IME, often was is seen as "outgrowing" is really just a change in symptoms. I no longer had severe asthma attacks after eating milk products, but I was clearly not in optimal health.
Amy loving DH 5/04, raising DD 2/05 and DS 11/09; missing my mom& my babies 6/07, 12/07; and on the side