Are the moms with children that a lactose intorlant?
Heather - posted on 01/05/2009
Milk products can cause so many problems in young children. I have my daughter on a lactose-free diet and give her soy milk. She had all sorts of ear infections and we had to put tubes in her ears twice. I finally talked to my doctor about it and she said that just 2 ounces of milk in young children can cause ear infections and to put her on a lactose-free diet. I went back and asked her ear specialist who did her surgery, and he admitted that milk causes a lot of ear infections in young children. Of course he would never tell ME that willingly when he can make $5,000 doing a routine surgery.
And on top of that, many young children have problems digesting milk because of the protein. It's just a good idea to have kids on lactose-free diets. They can get plenty of calcium from other foods. Especially if you get a fortified juice.
Megan - posted on 01/05/2009
Babies usually aren't lactose intolerant, a milk "allergy" in an infant is actually a protein intolerance.
My son at 19 months still can't handle dairy protein, so I was off all dairy while breastfeeding, and he drinks soy milk now. He has a cousin who couldn't drink soy either, (a large percentage of dairy protein intolerant babies also have a problem with soy protein) and ended up on Alimentum until he was two years old.
Tasha - posted on 01/05/2009
Both of my daughters had an intolerance while they were little. My youngest was much more severe and I couldn't have any dairy for 8 months wnd then had to slowly introduce it back into our diets as I was breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding and willing to change you diet it is worth it otherwise a different formula is good too. If your baby is really little, check with your doctor, if you change to soy and your baby;s stomach is really irritated they could develope a soy allergy. My girls both grew out of it- although my youngest still gets the runs from it when she is sick= then we have to cut way back on dairy for a couple of days to give her stomach a rest.
Natasha - posted on 01/04/2009
Hi there Stacey. My little one is 21 weeks and we ound out he was lactose intolerant (and protein intolerant) at around 6 weeks. It was a hard few weeks in the beginning as he has reflux as well. How old is your little one? We went from bf to normal formula, to lactose free than to soy. He just thrived on the soy formula. I was a little disappointed in the beginning but he is 8kg now and a little chubber - and couldnt be happier. I have tried a couple of times on normal formula to see how he goes but its a no go at the moment. And I shouldnt complain though, he's a happy healthy boy. They say they generally grow out of it, but I think Ill continue with the soy until at least 12 months. I want to get the reflux under control first and try to get him off the medication before trying dairy again.
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