10 SYMPTOMS YOUR TODDLER IS LACTOSE AND DAIRY INTOLERANT

By | December 24, 2015

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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.little-girl-with-a-glass-of-milk

 

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. boy-with-abdominal-pain-xxxl

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

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9 thoughts on “10 SYMPTOMS YOUR TODDLER IS LACTOSE AND DAIRY INTOLERANT

  1. john

    Uwais,
    This is great information on what to look for. My child is 10 now, can he still develop Lactose intolerance.
    I do have two adult friends that cannot drink regular milk, they stay away from Ice cream also.
    Can your child have multiple symtoms or will they have most of these when they are suffering.
    John

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    1. Uwais Post author

      Hi

      They can have multiple symptoms hey. The aforementioned symptoms is more common to indicate lactose intolerance in your child.

      Regards,
      Uwais

      Reply
  2. Victor

    Great info! I just learned a lot about children, i was a little worried with my daughter. Thanks a lot!

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  3. Garen

    We have suspicions that my friends son might be lactose intolerant. We noticed he had gas very badly, but he wasn’t throwing up or anything like that. I was just wondering if you know the likelihood of an infinite being lactose intolerant?

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    1. Uwais Post author

      Hi

      Well you can test the kid by putting him off dairy for 4weeks and notice if there any change in his diet. Am not sure if the word infinite refers to being forever or you meant infant? Well, I will answer both to my understanding. Yes, lactose intolerant is a lifetime thing – I have wrote articles about being cure from it – basically there are ways to heal the gut and become more lactose intolerant- so there is some good news. Can an infant be lactose intolerant? Yes, but it is very rare. Remember not to confuse lactose intolerance to a colic baby.

      regards,
      Uwais

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  4. Shaz

    Thanks Uwais – I have a 12 month old and this was very useful. As a matter of fact, we have decided to avoid dairy altogether as much as possible and replace it with avocado, almonds, cashew and coconut milk for him. I’d love to read more about these things on your site. Good work!

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    1. Uwais Post author

      Hi Shaz

      Am glad you finding the post beneficial. Just make sure you make sure the toddler gets all the required nutrients from milk in the form of non-dairy products. Important nutrients include calcium.

      Regards

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  5. saif

    I am also Lactose Intolerant. Usually when I ate a lot of dairy products, I seem to get a lot diarrhea and abdominal pain in the next morning. I am not aware that it causes also cold and flu or other pulmonary symptoms. Its good to know them. Keep up the good work

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    1. Uwais Post author

      Hi

      Just to clarify Lactose Intolerant does not cause a cold or a flu. A flu or cold that is persistent and will not go away after taking the necessary medication due to the consumption of dairy products, hence the individual is lactose intolerant.

      Regards

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