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How to Manage Lactose Intolerance in Your Child - Tips & Advice

Puja Sharma Vasisht
1 to 3 years

Created by Puja Sharma Vasisht
Updated on Mar 23, 2018

How to Manage Lactose Intolerance in Your Child Tips Advice

If your baby is uncomfortable after having a milk feed and has vomiting, diarrhea, pain, bloating etc. there are chances of baby having lactose intolerance.

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 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 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.

There are diagnostic test available which can inform about the level and activity of the lactase enzyme. Depending on the level of activity, foods can be given.

Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance in Your Infant

Tips To Manage Lactose Intolerance In Your Toddler

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 American Academy of Pediatrics; the breastfed infants/babies can be continued on their mother’s milk (unless advised otherwise by the pediatrician).


What to Do If Baby Has or Lactose Intolerance Home Remedies 

Very low level of lactase activity or severe lactose intolerance

  • All milk products should be eliminated from the diet
  • Use substitutes of milk like lactose free milk, soymilk, groundnut /coconut milk etc.
  • On recommendation of doctor enzymes ‘lactase’ available in the market can be used in the milk or milk products to reduce symptoms of intolerance
  • Calcium can be supplemented by using foods like ragi, green leafy vegetables, sesame seeds etc.
  • All other foods including fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses, egg, meats can be given to make the diet balanced

Moderate level of lactase activity or moderated lactose intolerance

  • Fermented and cooked milk is better tolerated. So buttermilk, curds, custard, kheer, porridge can be given
  • A baby may tolerate small amounts of milk especially if taken with other foods e.g. after a meal/snack
  • Again small amounts can be given many times a day instead of one whole cup/glass at a time
  • Curd is better tolerated than milk
  • Little amount of aged cheese may also be tolerated
  • All other foods including fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses, egg, and meats can be given to make the diet balanced


Disclaimer: Please take advice of your pediatrician, if the child has been diagnosed with lactose intolerance. Did you like the blog? Did you find it useful? Please share your thought, ideas and feedbacks with us in the comments below; we’d love to hear from you.


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| Jun 25, 2018

hello... my baby is 2 yrs 10 mnths old ... he has lactose intolerance... doctor told me not to give milk,soya milk, biscuits,cakes,curd, chocolates, butter,ghee, cheese,and all food that contains milk.... pls suggest me some what should I give him as a snacks....

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| Mar 24, 2018

My 20 dyz infant also vomiting sometimes wit formula.. Is it bcz overfeeding.. or anythngelse

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