Scary enough, a person that is 20 years old and are totally lactose intolerant develops this intolerance at the ages of 2 to 5. Yes, from the ages of 2-5, the development of lactose intolerance develops. Lactose intolerance has become so common because the cow’s milk bought from the local grocery store is pasteurized. Pasteurized milk destroys the lactase enzyme responsible for allowing milk to digest in our stomach.
THE TOP 10 SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS YOUR CHILD IS LACTOSE INTOLERANT:
1. Abdominal Pain and Stomach Cramps: When the small intestine is not able to digest the lactose from milk and other dairy products such as ice cream, the tummy will begin to pain.
2. Diarrhea and Gas: When the small intestine cannot break down the lactose in the tummy, one starts to have diarrhea.
3. Skin Rash: A skin rash that appears between an hour and 3 days after consumption of dairy. This indicates that the body has challenged lactose intolerance.
4. Nausea and Vomiting: Generally appears within 2 hours of dairy consumption and when the child’s appetite starts to decrease.
5. Frequent flu and colds: When the small intestine is filled with undigested dairy proteins, the body does not have a sustainable flora environment. Along with the extra amounts of phlegm in the lungs, the child’s immune system is weakened.
6. Running nose that is persistent: Your child’s flu and cold has come to an end, but not the running nose. Due to the undigested dairy, there is an extra discharge of excess mucus resulting in the on-going running nose.
7. Bad Breath: Once the body cannot digest dairy products, a chemical reaction forms in the tummy. The reaction produces two unwanted byproducts, namely methane and hydrogen, thus causing bad breath.
8. Long lasting phlegm cough: One of many reasons a phlegm cough will not disappear because of the consumption of dairy in your diet.
9. Lazy and Sluggish Behavior: When the body is unable to digest the lactose from dairy products, the body lacks in energy. energy in the body is obtained from properly digested foods. Therefore, your kid will feel tired,drained and wind up with fatigue if their are lactose intolerant.
10. Acidic Bowel Movements: When the small intestine does not digest the lactose from the consumption of dairy products, it then moves to the large intestine. The lactose combines with the healthy bacteria in the colon causing it to become acidic. You can have your child’s stool tested for acidity. A good way to know if your child’s stool is acidic, is when the stool starts to smell weird and unpleasant.
If one or more of these sound familiar, you child maybe lactose intolerant!
How to deal with this problem?
The first thing to put your child on a dairy-free diet for at least 2-4 weeks once the symptoms have cleared up. Thereafter try introducing the child to dairy in small doses. For example, I recommend you start by giving the child small amounts of yogurt. If the child does not react to the yogurt, then start increasing the amounts of consumption. Then, slowly introduce the child to higher contents of lactose such as milk, and follow the aforementioned procedure. For more information and guidance about this, I highly recommend the dairy section of this book.
Is your child experiencing the above symptoms? What action have you taken to help those symptoms clear up? Please feel free to ask any questions or post any comments below