My Baby is Lactose Intolerant – Now What?

By | December 21, 2015

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. cure-for-lactose-intolerance-step1Lactose 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.baby sad and crying

 

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:

  • Prematurity
  • 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.

Lactose Free baby formula

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.

 

6 thoughts on “My Baby is Lactose Intolerant – Now What?

  1. Vicky

    Hi,

    It`s heartbreaking when your baby is crying. At first you are not really sure of why. But when you see that pattern of painful crying after the baby has eaten, then the lactose might be an issue. This is a great article dealing with this problem. As a parent you want a happy smiling baby and if the baby is lactose intolerant it sounds like the organic lactose free formula is a good solution.

    Thanks,
    Vicky

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    1. Uwais Post author

      Hi,

      It is a painful sight to see a child crying. At least now we have solutions to these problems.

      Regards,Uwais

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  2. Kyle

    Definitely a good milk choice in this situation. There are just too many downsides to high soy consumption and at such a young age I would try to avoid it.

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  3. The Simple Retiree

    Yes, this is a terrible condition for babies. You have provided a great alternative. I am of the opinion you shouldn’t feed babies cow’s milk anyway. It causes more problems than it’s worth. Great post ,thanks for this.
    ~Peter

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  4. Debra

    You article on baby with lactose intolerance got me to wonder about lactose intolerance vs. colic. I don’t know much about either but wonder if one could be misunderstood as the other. I guess taking milk away from your baby is the true test. I think that it would be hard real hard to have a child that can’t have milk, cheese and icecream. I would feel so bad about it.

    Anyway, Baby’s Only Organic Lactose Free Toddler Formula sounds like a good start.

    Nice article

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    1. Uwais Post author

      Hi

      A colic baby applies to any healthy, well-fed infant who cries more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week or for more than 3 weeks. The causes of a colic baby can be very difficult to determine and diagnose as oppose to that of a baby that is lactose intolerant. Hope this clarifies the difference between colic and lactose intolerance?

      Reply

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