Some Symptoms Of Lactose Intolerance In Babies

by | May 22, 2018

What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance?

If your baby is lactose intolerant they may be showing some of the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea.
  • Being unsettled.
  • Frequent crying.
  • Loose, watery stools (maybe green/yellow in color)
  • Trapped wind.
  • Flatulence.
  • Noisy bowel sounds.
  • Vomiting.

 

What is lactose intolerance?

If you are lactose intolerant it means your body can not produce enough lactase, which is the enzyme that digests lactose, the main sugar found in dairy products. As a result of this, the undigested lactose stays in your intestines and causes problems. These problems can be uncomfortable, but not usually dangerous. However, humans are not meant to consume dairy products, as it is meant for a calf, not humans. So it goes without saying that consuming dairy products is unnatural and unnecessary.

Lactose intolerance usually shows up in late childhood or teenage years, however, it is possible for symptoms of lactose intolerance to show up sooner.


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Is intolerance the same as an allergy?

An allergy is an autoimmune response, whereas lactose intolerance is a digestive condition. The symptoms of both can be similar. If you have a milk allergy or are simply intolerant you can suffer from abdominal pains or diarrhea. You might develop a dry, itchy rash or itching and be swelling around the face, lips, or mouth when you consume dairy products which are indicators of an allergy rather than an intolerance.

How will I know if my baby is lactose intolerant?

If your baby does not have four legs, a tail, and moo at you, then your baby should not be consuming dairy products. If your baby is breastfed (which is recommended up to 1 year old) but you still consume dairy, you should cut it out of your diet. If you are formula feeding or supplementing with formula, there are a range of dairy-free formulas available on the market.

If you talk to your doctor they should be able to determine if your baby is showing symptoms of lactose intolerance. They may also ask if you consume any dairy products and if you do they may suggest cutting dairy out for a few weeks to see if the symptoms improve.


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Can lactose intolerance be treated/prevented?

Lactose intolerance can be treated or prevented by simply avoiding dairy products and all foods that contain lactose. Doing something this simple will reduce the symptoms of lactose intolerance you or your baby may be experiencing.

Check food labels.

There seems to be dairy in almost every product. Some things you may not even think of containing dairy products such as breakfast cereals, salad dressings, canned soups, some kinds of margarine and even some types of bread etc. Recent legislation has made it mandatory for all products containing dairy ingredients to list it on the packaging, so it may make your task easier. Although you will also notice just how many products contain dairy.

Make sure all of your baby’s nutritional requirements are being met.

A lot of people worry about calcium intake when it is mentioned that dairy is going to be cut out of a child/babies diet. However, there are a lot of vegan sources of calcium that are much easier absorbed by the body. some non-dairy sources of calcium include leafy greens, tofu, soy milk, broccoli and some fortified bread.


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If you are concerned about whether or not you are meeting all of your child’s nutritional needs, check out the Ask A Vegan Dietitian group on Facebook. You’ll get access to registered dietitians that can answer all of your questions, and you will receive weekly meal guides.

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