Know & Manage Lactose Intolerance For Your Baby
Jan 20, 2022, 6:30 pm - 7:38 pm
If your baby is uncomfortable after having a milk feed and has vomiting, diarrhea, pain, bloating, etc. there are chances of the baby having lactose intolerance. Read this blog now to find out how to handle lactose intolerance in children, symptoms & remedies to recover your child.
What is Lactose Intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is a condition wherein the baby is unable to tolerate the lactose sugar present in milk. This is because of a lack of enzyme and lactase, which is required to digest this lactose sugar present in milk. The reason could be genetic or because of other reasons like surgery, infection in the gut or any other. It is relatively common in preterm babies or those born before 34th week of gestation. It is basically an imbalance between the amount of lactose taken and the level of lactase activity. The level of tolerance (lactase activity) is different in different babies.
Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance in Infant
Here are symptoms to diagnose to protect children from having lactose intolerance. Read here
Very low level of lactase activity or severe lactose intolerance
Moderate level of lactase activity or moderated lactose intolerance
Ways to Manage Lactose Intolerance in Children
Initially, removal of all milk, milk products (including baby foods like cerelac, formula milk) would relieve symptoms. Lactose-free milk or lactose-free whole milk is then recommended by the doctor. The amount and interval are decided by treating doctor. However, according to the "American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)"; the breastfed infants/babies can be continued on their mother’s milk (unless advised otherwise by the pediatrician).
Join in this workshop with Senior Nutritionist & Lactation Expert Vandana Chawla to Know & Manage Lactose Intolerance For Your Baby
Vandana Chawla, Nutritionist & Lactation Expert
Mrs. Vandana Chawla, comes with a rich experience of over 21 years, being a Nutrition Expert. She has conducted several workshops and has been consulting parents over infant and child nutrition. She has authored 2 books, the latest one is an ebook on Starting Solids. Nutricare Baby- India's first Paediatric Nutrition Community on Social Media with over 22k mothers is led by her. Apart from child nutrition she is also a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist.
| Jan 18, 2022
Ma'am my one month old baby is allergic to milk protein. Doctor has told us not to give formula milk. I am giving him breastmilk but it's not enough for him as his weight has been constant at 2. 8 kgs since then. What can be done to help him gain weight? Please suggest some alternative source of milk such as soy or almond, cow's milk or any other which would suit him?
| Jan 18, 2022
Thanks for your valuable suggestions. I always make sure to attend all your sessions . Ma'am can a baby outgrow lactose intolerance with age or he remains allergic to milk forever? Please suggest ways to deal with lactose intolerance as my 21 month old baby is still allergic to it. When can I reintroduce these milk based objects like kheer, custard, puddings etc. As it really feels bad whenever we cook milk based dishes on special occasions and he can't even taste those. Would making him taste a few spoons do any harm to him or it would instead improve his tolerance?
| Jan 18, 2022
My 2. 10 years old baby girl drinks 2 glasses of milk everyday. One in the morning and another glass of milk in the evening. At times, she vomits after drinking milk . What could be the reason? Is it due to lactose intolerance? How do I identify whether my child is lactose intolerant or not?
| Jan 19, 2022
Hello doctor, mere baby ko nipple confusion h ..jisseki wo breast accept nhi krta h ..aur mujhe use topmilk dena pdta h ...jbki I had sufficient milk supply ...lekin ab wo dheere dheere Kam hoti ja rhi h ...phle Mai milk express krke feeder ki help se use pila deti thi lekin ab wo bhi nhi ho paata h ....what to do please help me doctor 🙏
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