Lactose Intolerent Toddler

Kimberly - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 1 yr. old and we are needing to do the switch from infant formula to something without lactose. We started using a toddler formula with lactose in it and he has diarrhea. I refuse to use soy products due to the hormones in it. Any suggestions on what to do?

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Barb - posted on 10/12/2011

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There is another formula called Alimintum ( milk based with proteins completely broken down) which I mix with rice milk for my toddler who is extremely intolerant to any lactose or milk proteins. I was advised to keep her on it till 2 years old.

Ginger - posted on 08/31/2009

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Lactaid was what my daughter liked the best and Walmart has a lactose free that is like Lactaid in flavor and cheeper

Melissa - posted on 08/30/2009

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I take the soy 'claims' with a grain of salt. That doesn't mean is should be an excess part of your diet though.



I would just do green smoothies. Plenty of calcium in those if you add enough greens. But almond, hemp & rice milks are good too.

Riki - posted on 08/30/2009

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My son responds very well to a formula called Neocate, its very expensive so get your insurance to cover it! then its only a copayment!

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my daughter was lastose intolerant , we made the switch to the formula etc, it does not stop them later in life having milk products, she is seven now and no probs with milk products, i used the longer life lactose free

milk brands then slowly put her on trim milk then worked her up to full cream milk no probs. very frustrating but hang in there, it will be fine before you know it

Nikki - posted on 08/28/2009

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there is a product the i get on line it is dairy ease it is potato based it has done wonders for my son. we also did the step up formula that could be use until he was 24 months. the lactaid tabs helped too good luck it is tough

Jennifer - posted on 08/28/2009

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also, have you tried an organic formula..... i used similac organic after i was done breast feeding, when my daughter was almost 1

Jennifer - posted on 08/28/2009

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Quoting Kim:

I'm pretty sure that soy milk is just fine. My daughter drinks Silk and it works great for her. And her pediatrician gave us the ok as long as it is fortified (calcium and iron and all that good stuff). Keep an open mind when choosing a milk for your baby.


i love soy milk..... but not good for boys.... read up on it :)

Sara - posted on 08/28/2009

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One thing to note- he may be allergic to something else in the milk, and not lactose intolerant. If he's allergic to something else in the milk, he might also have issues with soy. Since milk allergies tend to coincide with soy allergies. Just something to keep in mind if/when you try soy milk.

Kim - posted on 08/28/2009

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I'm pretty sure that soy milk is just fine. My daughter drinks Silk and it works great for her. And her pediatrician gave us the ok as long as it is fortified (calcium and iron and all that good stuff). Keep an open mind when choosing a milk for your baby.

Carrie - posted on 08/28/2009

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Hi Kimberly. My son just turned one and has exhibited allergies towards milk, so since birth he's been on Earth's Best soy formula and now Silk (soy milk). We have a wonderful pediatrician who believes in spacing out vaccinations, using organic and treating each child as an individual (kind of whatever-works-for-them attitude). He talked with us several times about soy products and put us at ease by telling us that the estrogen in such products as Silk and his formula are not the same kind of estrogen found in other types of soy products...not the "bad" estrogen. He wouldn't recommend giving soy vitamins but assures us that my son won't turn into a female from the soy formula we gave him. I don't know if this helps, or if you can talk with your pediatrician about it. Good luck. :) Carrie

Kimberly - posted on 08/27/2009

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Thanks for all the advice. My doctor has suggested at one year to have him tested for Lactose Intolerece. Which we will do. We have used sensitive formulas since he was 8 wks old that is lactose free. The first 8 wks. of his life was a miserable 2 months. He screamed and had diarrhea constantly. Now I am trying this toddler formula that includes lactose and though he isn't screaming, he is irritable and has the diarrhea again. I appreciate any advice on what to use if he does actually need to be lactose free. Thanks!

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You may want to truly have him diagnosed as lactose intolerant before you take it away. If you take lactose out of the diet completely, he no longer will produce the enzyme that breaks lactose down. So if it was a response to some other chemical you will make him intolerant if he was not already. It is a life long commitment at that point.

Sara - posted on 08/27/2009

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Hemp milk, rice milk, Lactaid or another lactose free milk that has been treated with enzymes to break down the lactose... you can also see if he's able to eat whole milk yogurt - many kids that are senstive to lactose can eat yogurt. make sure you get a good brand like Stonyfield farms or Brown Cow, though. A lot of yogurts stink.

If you feed your child any milk replacer, though, make sure that your child is getting adequate dietary fats via other means, since most milk replaces have less fat than whole milk, and the child needs quite a bit of good fats in their diet until after the 2nd birthday.

Emma - posted on 08/27/2009

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my partner uses a lactose free milk you can get from the supermarket in the long life milk section its called Liddells lactose free milk its not soy you could try that it works great for him!!

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