Lactose intolerant 1 year old

Katy - posted on 04/17/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I found out (well, figured out) my soon to be 1 year old was lactose intolerant around five months. I had tried breast feeding but simply couldn't produce enough milk and switched him to formula around three months, both of which made him writhe in agony after every feeding, even though the Dr. said it was just colic. Once we switched him to soy formula, he no longer had any signs of "colic". He can eat cheese and yogurt (as well as other milk products) with no problems but milk formula will cause him to be very sick: constipated, cramped, and vomiting. My question is: you're supposed to switch them to whole milk at 1 year, but since milk makes him sick, do I use soy milk? Our next Dr. appt isn't until a week or so after his birthday and I'd like to get him adjusted to the new liquid before we see him. Help!

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Betsy - posted on 01/01/2014

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This was helpful! My 9 year old daughter was on soy formula due to intolerance, but she outgrew it by age 1. But my youngest son just turned 1, and is also lactose intolerant. He cannot have cow milk, but seems to be doing great on almond milk, and soy milk.

Jessica - posted on 08/04/2009

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I feel your pain. My son is lactose intolerant as well. My son screamed bloody murder every time he drank out of a bottle when we tried regular formula with him and we tried soy and we got him on lactose free (there is a family history of it) and he sucked every bottle down no problems. We figured it out when he was about 1.5 months old due to the same problems I couldn't produce enough milk for him. There are lactose free milks out there. Lactaid, Deans and land of lakes make lactose free milk. My son can't even tolerate cheese and yogurt. With my son the only lactose free milk that doesn't upset his tummy is made by lactaid. There is also lactose free cheese (it's called Veggie Max). It's been a struggle with food b/c my son is now 3 and still hasn't outgrown it but we learn as we go as to what he can tolerate and what he can't. I couldn't give my son soy b/c he had the same reaction to soy that he had to regular formula and soy. But it has been a blessing b/c I hear about so many parents having problems getting their kids to eat their fruits and veggies and I don't have very many problems with my son getting him to eat fruits and veggies there are days he'd rather eat them than junk food. My son is getting better though he doesn't get the stomach cramps anymore which is nice, but he still does get the looser stools when we've tried to see if he's outgrown it. If he has the same problems on lactose free milk there maybe more to the problem than lactose intolerance. My son never did vomit from dairy products just got the stomach cramps and loose stools.

Lesa - posted on 04/24/2009

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hi Katy do you know we are the only living race that drinks something elses milk?? my daughter is now 2 and she now has 250 ml of rice milk in the morning with some slippery elm powder and probotics innerhealth for kids you can use soy milk i just had to perservere with mine she doesnt like soy but loves rice milk

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My son started drinking soy milk before he was one. At 10 months old he was diagnosed with food allergies, milk being one of the worst(hes not lactose intolerant..he is severly allergic to all cows milk/goat milk products).. As an infant he was put on Neocate(a prescription formula). I have one suggestion with placing your child on soy milk, you might want to mix it with some rice milk to help cut back on gas. Soy milk by itself can make a child have bad gas. I learnd by trial and error. My son loves his soy/rice milk and other products. I use the shoprite brand, its organic, and also less expensive than most brands. Best of luck with your transition.

Laurie - posted on 04/17/2009

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My son has a severe milk hypersensitivity and was on soy formula from the age of 2 weeks. He is now 4 years old. Yes, we put him on soymilk at the age of 1. He prefers Silk orginal, but there are lots of alternatives out there. He has always loved his soymilk! Because his milk hypersenstivity is very rare we had him challenged at the hospital when he was 2 years old, at that time the hospital which is a LEARNING hospital so there were so many medical students and interns and residents asking us lots of questions regarding his condition and his diet and I was amazed at their reactions when we said he drinks Soy milk, all of them told me that it is so good for him and he will be very smart from all the nutrients from the soy! Since my son started drinking it at such a young age he just loves it, personally I have to learn to like it because the taste is very blan compared to cow's milk! Oh and another good think about soymilk is that it has a longer shelf life than dairy. Some you buy in cartons and don't have to refridgerate until open and even the refriderated ones have a couple months usually for the shelf life if not opened. (10 days once open!) \

Good Luck!

Laurie - posted on 04/17/2009

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My son has a severe milk hypersensitivity and was on soy formula from the age of 2 weeks. He is now 4 years old. Yes, we put him on soymilk at the age of 1. He prefers Silk orginal, but there are lots of alternatives out there. He has always loved his soymilk! Because his milk hypersenstivity is very rare we had him challenged at the hospital when he was 2 years old, at that time the hospital which is a LEARNING hospital so there were so many medical students and interns and residents asking us lots of questions regarding his condition and his diet and I was amazed at their reactions when we said he drinks Soy milk, all of them told me that it is so good for him and he will be very smart from all the nutrients from the soy! Since my son started drinking it at such a young age he just loves it, personally I have to learn to like it because the taste is very blan compared to cow's milk! Oh and another good think about soymilk is that it has a longer shelf life than dairy. Some you buy in cartons and don't have to refridgerate until open and even the refriderated ones have a couple months usually for the shelf life if not opened. (10 days once open!) \

Good Luck!

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