Can babys be lactose intolerant?

Noel - posted on 12/18/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My daugter is almost 8 months now. We have been substituting 5 ounces or so of milk a day. At first, her stools were hard and she went at least 7 times a day. So we tried her on Silk soy milk and that seemed to help a little but she has had a hard time going to the bathroom. We also tried lactose free milk which wasnt too bad but I think somethink in one of those regular milk is bothering her stomach. What should we do?

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Gina - posted on 12/21/2009

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My brother is lactose intolerant. He would only sleep four hours a night because of it. He would also cry angrily for at least an hour after having milk. Once my mom figured out that milk was causing the problem she stopped giving it to him and then he was a happy baby that slept through the night. My pediatrician said that they can go days without a stool and not to worry. If your baby is having trouble she probably needs a bit more fiber to soften up her stools. So find something that is safe for her to eat that has fiber in it.

Houda - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hi Noel,

My daughter is 8 months old too and my pediatrician says you should not start milk until she is 12 months. It is too harsh on thier tummies. I hope this helps :)

Good luck.

Sierra - posted on 12/21/2009

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You are not supposed to give your child cow's milk until they are a year old. Some cheeses and yogurts are okay, but not actual milk. Breastmilk or formula should be her main source of nutrients until she is 1. Giving milk early can Cause milk allergies.

Joanne - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hi -
My daughter is 8 months old and is Lactose Intolerant - it tooks a very long time to get to that conclusion, after trying the ideas that she may be: reflux, constipated etc!
She was quite sicky and constantly changing every pooey nappy - then after going onto 'infasoy' this almost stopped the sicking and changed her stools into hard ones but was still going about 7 times a day (at least!).....
then after seeing a dietician a month ago and she gave a list of everything what I have to look out for - as its extremelly surprising the extend of foods that contain some form of milk - she is now a happy little girl..... sick gone and only has one stool a day which is not hard and doesn't hurt her!
So that may be your trick - your doctor can perform a lactose intolerant test on your daughter and then you can go from there. I will warn you though it takes months to see a dietician!
Good luck.

Nicole - posted on 12/20/2009

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Babies are unable to digest cow's milk. That is why you are told to either nurse or give formula for the first year of life. It is important to follow your pediatrician's instructions carefully to give your baby optimal care and keep them healthy. When you have questions about feeding, adding new foods to babies diet, or anything else you should contact your physician and they can guide you on what is recommended and healthiest for baby.

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Amy - posted on 12/22/2009

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If you ask your pedi, they all pretty much say no cow's milk until a year old. It's hard on their liver and the protein content is too high for babies to properly digest until a year old. Once they are a year though, they say whole milk for the good fat content for development. i'd stick with formulas [i know, expensive] until a year old or it could create future digestive problems. i've heard soy is also hard on babies' stomachs. i know rice milk is said to be better for digestion. ??

Heather - posted on 12/21/2009

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No cows milk until your baby is at least a year old! If you think your baby is lactose intolerant, then you should try a soy based formula like Isomil Advanced. But before you do anything, take your baby to the Pediatrician and discuss it with the Dr. As far as your baby having hard stools, that is constipation and you can try giving some pureed prunes (Gerber) or you can add some prune juice to your babies bottles..this usually does the trick. Please don't use Castor oil, Karo syrup, enemas, or suppository's unless your Pediatrician tells you to. As a Pediatric Nurse, I see parents use these for constipation, and end up with a sick baby. Good luck

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Babies can definately be lactose intolerant, my son is. If your daughter is lactose intolerant she will have the same problem with regular milk to as obviously cows milk has lactose in it (unless you get the lactose free cows milk).
If your doctor is agreeable it might be worth trying her just on lactose free milk for a while.

Tametra - posted on 12/20/2009

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As a mother of 6, I have learned that whole milk always seemed to be hard on my kids' stools. Apple juice is great when diluted with about 40% water, Castoria in the baby's milk is good too. Instead of whole milk, my kids drink 2%. My 13 year old doesn't touch whole milk to this day!!

Shelley - posted on 12/20/2009

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I believe babies can't digest cow's milk until they're one year old. That could be the reason she's having trouble. If she does well with the formula, keep her on that till she's one then try the milk again. Her digestive system will be more mature then.

Melinda - posted on 12/20/2009

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The ability to digest lactose (ie..the production of lactase enzymes in the gut) is one of the last ones to be developed, and the first one to go if a digestive problem begins to occur... Definitely wait till later.

Melanie - posted on 12/20/2009

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My daughter was constipated too since she was 3 months old, so before the food. My doctor recommended that I add about one oz of prune juice in one bottle a day and it worked like magic! It may take a day or two before she gets back to having regular stools.

Michelle - posted on 12/19/2009

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My daughter is also 8 months and has been on whole milk since she was 6 months old as she refuses to drink formula. I highly doubt it is the milk that is making her stool hard I would say it is probably the food she is eating as by this time I am sure she is eating more solids, just make sure you give her some fruit ( eg. applesauce, blueberries, pears) after every meal this will help keep her regular as they are full of fiber. Hope this helps

Jennifer - posted on 12/19/2009

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I would back off the milk completely until she is older - babies really shouldn't have milk before then because of lactose intolerance. That should help with her constipation, and her gut will be more mature to handle the proteins of dairy.

Elisabeth - posted on 12/18/2009

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If her stool is hard and she went 7 times, it's because she is a little constipated. Normal stools should be soft but not runny or liquid like. Her diet probably plays a part in this more than the milk, if she is eating a lot of bananas, apples, rice, carrots that probably will give her some problems. Try giving her a little water from time to time, it is usually recommended that you wait until 1 year of age to give whole milk due to the sensitivity of a baby's stomach and also for allergy purposes, formula should be used because it has more nutrients and iron than whole milk if you are not breastfeeding. I hope this helps.

Erica - posted on 12/18/2009

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My ped told me that if he does not poop for more than 5 days in a row we should worry. Just call and ask if there is anything you can give here. I do know that apple juice is a natural laxative might try some applesauce too.

Trish - posted on 12/18/2009

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yes they can be lactose intolerant, there are formula's specifically for those bubs. one of my sisters is cyliac and so is her daughter.

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