Is my baby lactose intolerant?

Team Doodhwala, October 9th, 2018

Hello ladies! Is your baby’s cranky behaviour during meal times giving you cold feet or, it is the frequent stomach upset and vomiting? Yes, you are correct it can be lactose intolerance that your little baby is troubled with. Do not get anxious, knowing a little about lactose intolerance will help you make your baby’s day merry again. Be the brave mumma, that you already are and read through!

Lactose Intolerance – What is it?

Lactose is a kind of complex milk sugar, which should get broken down into simple sugars called glucose and galactose by the action of an enzyme called lactase. Symptoms of lactose intolerance start showing up when lactase secretion is not enough. Commonly, symptoms are observed within 30 minutes to 2 hours of having anything with lactose. Symptoms of lactose intolerance depend on the amount of lactose consumed i.e, more the amount of lactose consumed, more would be the discomfort, it also depends on to what extent your baby is lactose intolerant.

Check the Symptoms – Is it what your baby going through?

Here are some common symptoms are:

Gas

Bloating

Watery diarrhea

Stomach rumbling

Stomach ache

Vomiting or Nausea

Lactose Intolerance in Babies – Age Group

Generally, lactose intolerance is not very common among infants. Babies are born with lactase in their intestines, with age it decreases. Howsoever, premature babies run a risk of being lactose intolerant, but that is a temporary condition. Toddlers are very much susceptible to lactose intolerance though. After 2 years, some babies start to develop this condition.

Food Products with lactose – Be Careful

Lactose is present in many food products that you serve to your baby. Lactose is a major constituent of milk. Not only milk, canned or packaged food products also contain lactose. Always check the food labels and find out the possible sources of lactose. If food level mentions milk, lactose, whey, curds, milk by-products, dry milk solids or non-fat dry milk powder that means it contains lactose.

Solution – Make it Easy

Pick your little one’s food items carefully. Nowadays, there are lactose-free dairy products available in the market so you can make sure that your kid is not missing on nutrition of milk or other dairy products. Consciously, choose a calcium and Vitamin D rich food plan for him/her. Include lots of green leaves, tofu, broccoli, oranges, kale in your baby’s diet.

Next time, if your kiddo complains of any of the above symptoms after having a meal, you know what to do!

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