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
- 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.