Even though it is more common for adults to be lactose intolerant, lactose intolerance in babies also exist. This post will provide the assistance and help you require to grow your baby healthy and as normal as any other baby. Lactose intolerance in babies and toddlers are easier to deal with, compared to those that suffer from cerebral palsy and down syndrome. Have hope and faith as there is a solution to this problem.
WHAT IS LACTOSE INTOLERANCE?
Lactose intolerance refers to the inability of the human body to produce sufficient lactase to break down lactose, a sugar naturally found in dairy products such as milk and cheese. Lactase is an enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose (sugar found in dairy products). This enzyme is found on the wall of the intestines. The inability of digesting dairy products causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating and constipation.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BABY IS LACTOSE INTOLERANT?
A baby or toddler that is lactose intolerant become fussy after feedings. The baby will experience abdominal pain and diarrhea within 30 minutes to an hour of eating or drinking milk or other dairy products such as ice cream and cheese.
ARE THERE TESTS TO DETERMINE IF MY CHILD IS LACTOSE INTOLERANT?
Yes, the are tests. A common test is the hydrogen test whereby the hydrogen in your baby’s breath is measured after consuming milk or other dairy products. Another way is to ask your baby’s pediatrician to check the levels of acid in the stool.
The testing is not really necessary. It is easier to test by cutting dairy completely from the diet of the baby for two weeks. Slowly introduce dairy thereafter and monitor the reactions. If the symptoms of diarrhea and abdominal pain pain, then your baby is most likely to be lactose intolerant.
HOW DID MY BABY BECOME LACTOSE INTOLERANT?
There are main reasons why a baby becomes lactose intolerant:
- Genes – Some ethnic backgrounds such as African, Asian and Native Americans are more prone to lactose intolerance compared to Europeans.
BEST WAY TO TREAT A BABY WITH LACTOSE INTOLERANCE
As a baby, the best way to treat lactose intolerance is to remove dairy products from one’s diet altogether. Alternative milk such as soy, rice, almond and coconut milk can substitute cow’s milk. The alternative milk do come in a variety of flavors that babies and toddlers do enjoy. An alternative to cow’s milk formula is soy-based formula or lactose free-based formula.
My personal recommendation is the use of Babys Only Organic Lactose Free Toddler Formula. It is safe to used for babies and toddlers, it is organic and for those that want to avoid a soy-protein diet.
If you have a baby that is lactose intolerant or if you think your baby is lactose intolerant, please free to ask any questions. If you have any success stories or comments please share them below.