Lactose Intolerance

Lactose is the sugar found in dairy products. When your child has a lactose intolerance problem, the small intestine does not produce enough lactase, the enzyme needed to digest lactose.

SYMPTOMS OF LACTOSE INTOLERANCE

  • gas
  • bloating
  • cramps
  • diarrhea after eating diary products

WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT

  • Cutting down on milk products is the first step. It’s important to find out how much your child can eat without discomfort.
  • Try limiting milk to mealtimes only.
  • Use lactose-reduced and lactose-free milks.
  • Be sure your child gets enough calcium. Feed your child vegetables that are high in calcium, such as spinach and broccoli. Also discuss calcium supplements with your child’s doctor.
  • Enzyme treatment and enzyme tablets are available over-the-counter. Contact your child’s doctor for a dosage recommendation.
  • Read labels and avoid foods with added lactose.

 

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