How do really tell if your child is lactose in tolerent?

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Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2010

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Lisa-
In the mother's group I went to more than 1/3 of the class has their babies on lactose pills as they were told they had lactose intolerance and to go to a pharmacy and pick up pills. I find it so weird how everyone has a baby with 'reflux' or 'lactose' issues and they are all on medication? It makes me wonder if there is there something we mothers are doing with our modern lifestyles to cause our babies this grief or are doctors getting a bit over excited to give medication to newborns? I agree with you that there was probably an imbalance with my fore/hind milk. Unfortunately when my son was a newborn he could not drain a full breast yet so just kept getting foremilk(I think). He is a lot happier now :)

Minnie - posted on 01/11/2010

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Quoting Jennifer:

Some docs over diagnose lactose intolerance like ADHD. If you have a young baby try spacing your feeds out by another 30minutes. Many babies feed too frequently or from a really full breast and get a high volume of lactose quickly which they have problems digesting. It ends up fermenting in their bowels and they get green, stringy/mucousy poos. These babies are not necessarily lactose intolerant but simply cannot process the volume of lactose.
My doc had suspicions my baby was lactose intolerant. I worked with a lactation consultant and we spaced his feeds from 1.5-2hourly TO 2.5-3hourly and he had less screams, farts and seemed happier:)



What you are describing is a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, which is easily rectified by always making sure to finish the first breast first.

Minnie - posted on 01/11/2010

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Only about 1 in 30000 infants are born with some form of congenital lactose intolerance. Naturally occuring (and normal) lactose intolerance begins to appear around age six. This is because human milk has the highest concentration of lactose of any mammal. Nature has ensured that infants are able to be sustained by their mothers' milk. Once the normal biological age of weaning occurs, there isn't a need to produce the enzyme to digest lactose anymore.



Not sure what age your child is, but congenital lactose intolerance is discovered typically within 3-5 days after the birth of the baby due to failure to thrive and dehydration.

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2010

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Some docs over diagnose lactose intolerance like ADHD. If you have a young baby try spacing your feeds out by another 30minutes. Many babies feed too frequently or from a really full breast and get a high volume of lactose quickly which they have problems digesting. It ends up fermenting in their bowels and they get green, stringy/mucousy poos. These babies are not necessarily lactose intolerant but simply cannot process the volume of lactose.

My doc had suspicions my baby was lactose intolerant. I worked with a lactation consultant and we spaced his feeds from 1.5-2hourly TO 2.5-3hourly and he had less screams, farts and seemed happier:)

Bec - posted on 01/11/2010

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my son woud projectile vomit after every feed. he constantly screamed in pain and wouldnt put on weight at all.(when he turned 2 he was 9kg and in size 0s) he had constant runny frothy poos that would burn the skin of off his bum. he was fully b.fed and at 5 weeks the docs put him on to lactose free formula and he has been a different child ever since. he is going to be 5 in feb and has grown alot but he is still very small for his age. he still cant have any dairy at all. i suggest you do some research as breast milk, goats milk etc also has lactose in it. if you want to find out for sure get the tests done at the doc. it was a great help for me. i hope you get your child healthy and happy soon. good luck i no it can be really draining having an unsettled baby.

Andrea - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son would project vomit accross the room.. ( i mean like 3 to 4 feet) He also had really bad gas, the runs badly, never seltted, cryed like he was in pain.... But not only was he lactose he had really really bad Acid Reflux.. They put him on Enfimil Prosobee and Ranitidine (zantac) twice a day and he is now 2 years old and has out growen most of it... He still would rather has Goats Milk over Cow's milk.. My daughter is 9 months (8 months Adjusted) and she has been using Goats Milk most of her life along with Breast Milk.. I would speak with your doctor cause they will know if it is Lactose or Acid Reflux... Hope this is helpful... Best Wishes and Take Care...

Amanda - posted on 01/10/2010

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A blood test or poop test. But if your baby has alot of constipation or gas I would and have changed to soy just because it made a happier baby.

Savanah - posted on 01/10/2010

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with my son he would vomit after he had some milk or soy milk and he would get like a rash and red welts all over his body.

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