LACTOSE INTOLERANT?

Audrey - posted on 04/21/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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MY SON IS ALMOST 6 MONTHS OLD AND I RECENTLY FOUND OUT HE IS LACTOSE INTOLERANT. I FOUND OUT BY TRYING TO FIND A FORMULA THAT HE COULD TAKE TOO AND ALL THE ONES I TRIED HE THREW UP EXORCISM STYLE.. AND EVERYTIME I BREASTFED HIM HE THREW UP TOO. BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS BC OF THAT OLD WIVES TALE.. ANYHOW I TRIED A SOY BASED FORMULA AND WAH-LAH!! HES SO MUCH HAPPIER, HE DOESNT FUSS NEAR AS MUCH, AND HE DOESNT THROW UP! SO- WITH THAT SAID I THINKING IT WAS THE DIARY THAT I WAS EATING THAT MADE HIM THROW UP AFTER I NURSED HIM.. SOOOOO... DOES THAT MEAN THAT I CANT GIVE HIM THE BABY FOODS LIKE MACARONI AND CHEESE AND OTHER THINGS LIKE THAT??

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Wendy - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son has a dairy allergy. Found out by seeing blood in his stools. I had to cut out all dairy from my diet and when I supplement with formula it has to be soy. The specialist he saw said that most babies grow out of it by the time they are one. She said when he turns one to try introducing milk slowly back into his diet and watch for any signs he is having problems.One thing I can say to you is to watch everything you eat if you are still breastfeeding. Even if it says dairy free, it could still have dairy proteins in it. Good luck and hopefully he grows out of it.

Shannon - posted on 04/21/2010

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Nope you sure can't! My son has a dairy allergy, which is more severe than just intolerance, BUT when my son was that young all he did was throw up... as he got older I gave him a gerber yogurt smoothie and ended up having to take him to the ER because he threw up, got hives, eyes swelled up, then had trouble breathing! So be very careful what you feed him. Read all ingredients. It's hard but there are foods out there without milk or lactose free. When my son turned 1 I put him on silk. He loves it! and its just as good if not better for you, other than they miss out on the fat from whole milk... which is important but there is nothing you can do about that. Hopefully he'll grow out of this in a few years! There are many websites that list safe foods and give recipes for dairy free or lactose free foods. Hope this helps and good luck.

Jamie - posted on 04/21/2010

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If he's lactose intolerant you shouldn't give him any food made from cows milk. Typically that food should be avoided for even non-lactose intolerant babies until they're 12 months old. If you want to breast feed him, you would have to stop eating things made from cow's milk too. A lot of times people who are lactose intolerant can handle goats milk, yogurt and cheese.

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Bianca - posted on 10/26/2012

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My daughter now 10 months was covered in eczema and the doctor said that she may be lactose sensitive and to try her on soy formula. She was on normal formula and ate yogurt everyday before. She seems happy on soy foods and has soy yogurt and formula and yesterday she ate Tofu. I have purchased soy milk and plan to make other foods like custard with soy milk.

She does like cheese but I have been avoiding it so far. Her eczema is still visible but it's not red and angry looking like before. I will try lacose free milk next after reading everyone's comments here.

Misty - posted on 10/26/2012

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My son is lactoce intolerant and allergic to soy. I stopped eating dairy products so I could breast feed him, he got better but still had problems. One day his Dr. gave me a sample of Similac Sensitive. It is milk base but they process it and remove the lactose. It works great!!! I found the parents choice makes a verison just like it. It does have a slightly higher content of lactose, we were able to switch over to the parents choice brand at about 8 months. But yes, no milk, cheese, any dairy product. Usually most babies grow out of it. Around 8 months start introducing small amounts and see how he tolerates it. :)

Katherine - posted on 05/10/2012

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That's great Kate. I would think the reaction would be immediate if he was still having problems....

User - posted on 05/10/2012

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hi, I have a son who is 9 months old he has been lactose intolerant since birth however i have recently been trying him on things with cow's milk in and he has been fine so i spoke to my health visitor and suggested i tried him on cow's milk as he has been vomiting on his lacto free milk so she said go for it, so i put him on cow's milk and he has been fine up until now i just wondered if anybody knew how long it takes for them to have a reaction as he has been on it since monday morning ???

Elana - posted on 04/27/2010

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i would definitely stay away from foods like macaroni and cheese and milk based foods if in fact your baby is lactose intolerant also i would take him to the dr to have it tested to make sure. we switched my daughter to soy based formula after i felt the milk one had been making her stomach upset and causing diarrhea and after a few months on the soy we were able to switch back to the milk based one and so far she seems to be taking it quite nicely although she cannot have straight milk which makes her still have diarrhea. Test around to see what works best for your baby but for the mean time i would not give him dairy if he is having such bad reactions maybe try again with the dairy in a few months.

Carmen - posted on 04/26/2010

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My daugther is now 7 months old. I had same problem the 1st two months getting the right milk for her. I went thru so many different type that she end up with Isomil. She so much betta since then. On 4 month i gave her purity food like butternut & sweet patatoes then on 5 half months i started giving her the one with macaroni with beef or chicken or lamb and have given her the yogurt with banana ect and she seemed to be fine with that. I have her normal dairy yogurt now and then she love it. I only recent started giving her Purity cereal but mix it with her milk not cows milk. She enjoy it so much.

Terri - posted on 04/26/2010

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I know what you are going through. I went through the same trial and error when my now 17 year old was 4-6months. I remember her screaming, arching her back from pain very well. I want to suggest that you read a bit more about soya milk though. Soya replaces the protein in milk, not the lactose. There is still lactose in soya milk (the sugar/energy of the protein source). I think it's interesting that you said "near as much". Try looking for lactose free formula.

Melissa - posted on 04/26/2010

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My daughter had reflux disorder when she was an infant. She would throw up every time she ate, exorcism style. I recommend checking with your doctor to have it confirmed that your theory is correct. Your doctor will also be able to tell you what foods are safe and not safe for him to eat.

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If he's lactose intolerant as others have said you shouldn't give him anything made from cow's milk which includes, yoghurt, cheese etc.

Billi - posted on 04/26/2010

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One of my grandson's is lactose intolerant. I'm a great beleiver in natural therapies as the 1st option. I know it's more expensive but what's our children's or our health worth for that matter. My grandson was breastfeed (daughter ate alot of dairy as well) but our naturopath said to put him on rice milk not baby formulas (soy apparently not that good either). He was 5 months old and hasn't looked back. The clinic nurses didn't approve but he has been healthy as since changing to rice milk. My daughter also gives him glyconutrients to support his immune system. You'll need to keep him off anything with dairy in it till he's about 12months old then gradully try and re-introduce small amounts of dairy and see how he goes.

Audrey - posted on 04/25/2010

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weve talked about the acid reflux and the dr doesnt seem to think he has it bc when he would spit up he didnt look like he was in pain. it didnt make him cry really.. but he jsut kept throwing up and throwing up. that was witht he breastmilk.. now the formula- he would throw up A LOT.. like stomach acids for 4 hours..

Audrey - posted on 04/25/2010

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yes ive tried the lactose free one before i tried the soy based and nope.. he couldnt handle it.. not even a little bit.. =[

Candace - posted on 04/24/2010

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my son and i are both lactose intolerant. anything with cows milk or cheese will give him really bad gas and its really not worth the fuss later on....he will also have to have lactaid milk when he turns a year old instead of soy formula. My son had no problems switching from one to the other. Good luck

Jessica - posted on 04/24/2010

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Just a little at a time. It's the only way you're going to find out when he might out grow this. My oldest was 6 weeks when we put him on soy formula and he was much happier and we actually got some sleep. The pediatrician said our second had an 85% chance of being allergic too so we used the same formula with him. They can both eat and drink dairy now (they're 3 and 7) but I don't let them have a lot in one day. Better safe then sorry!!

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Lactose is the culprit...sugar in cow's milk is lactose, and your baby cannot digest it...stay away from any dairy product from a bovine. Goats milk is fine though.

Renee - posted on 04/23/2010

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My daughter had the same issues, only we caught it at about 1 month old. I quit breast feeding and went strictly to soy formula. Unfortunately, the soy stopped her up too (I have since found out there is a family history of soy allergies though). The Enfamil Gentle Ease formula worked like a charm for her. It is still milk based, but the lactose is reduced. The baby mac and cheese doesn't have near as much dairy in it as what we eat so I still gave it to her, just in smaller servings and less often than other foods. She is now 14 months old and has been on lactose free milk since 12 months. It's expensive, but worth it! I still give her dairy foods like cheese, yogurt, butter I just don't feed it to her all the time and I make it the smallest serving on her plate (more meat and veggies or fruits). A lot of times they grow out of it or at least get to a point where they can handle small quantities so don't rule it out completely. My Hubby and step-son are lactose intolerant as well so I am getting lots of experience dealing with this, feel free to message me if you have other questions! Hope this helps!

Kayla - posted on 04/23/2010

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I had that problem with my first son, and my pediatrician put him On Similac Isomil and he still spit up from time to time but he didnt really throw up anymore!

Lexi - posted on 04/23/2010

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i had the same problem and switched my son to soy based formula. one of my friends (a more experienced mom) told me that he may be lactose intolerant but he may also grow out of it and it might just be too rough on him for now.

Ariel - posted on 04/23/2010

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my son has the same problem. we make a goats milk formula that works great and is way cheaper then formula and i feel healthier . but the doctor thinks he may grow out of this, we just have to wait and see. good luck

Brittany - posted on 04/23/2010

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Anyone who thinks their child is lactose intolerant but can eat Mac n cheese or yogurt ought to look into their child having Acid Reflux. We thought my son was lactose intolerant because he would just not keep any formula down @ all and so we talked to my son's Dr. and she said that it is definitely acid reflux.

Brittany - posted on 04/23/2010

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They have Enfamil Laco free formula. Thats what I used for my son when he had that problem. It works really well. Sadly WIC wouldnt provide it for us so I just bought it until as my son got older we realized it isnt that he is lactose intolerant...he has acid reflux. So your son may not be lactose intolerant he probably has acid reflux. A lot of babies recently have it. So I would talk to your child's Doctor and see about getting some Acid reflux medicine and see if that helps @ all.

Erin - posted on 04/23/2010

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my daughter is lactose tolernate too and i gave her mac and cheese. she seemed to do fine with it. i would just advise to give foods like that in small doses. just to make sure it doesn't affect them.
my daughter is 8 months old and she is now on soy based formula too and doing amazing.
hope everything goes good.

Melita - posted on 04/23/2010

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My 14month old broke out when he got some milk-based formula on his chest. He now drinks soy milk, but we've given him small amounts of cheese and he's done fine. We think it depends on how it's processed.

Renee - posted on 04/23/2010

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You can google lactose and there are several website which gives you the lactose content of everything, different types of cheeses, etc. I am lactose intolerant and I have found through researching and just trial and error what I can and cannot eat. It's not ALL cows milk products in fact there are many cheeses which have very low levels of lactose in them and I have no reaction to them. So don't think just because of the lactose intolerance your son can't grow up enjoying dairy foods, he can, you just do a little research first.

Cindy - posted on 04/23/2010

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he may grow out of it. I would check with your doc before going the soy route - some doctors do not like soy. There are lactose free formulas out there. I used it with my son. He was really gassy and fussy after eating. I couldn't nurse as I had no milk for him. At 1 yr I weaned him off the formula and moved him to homo milk - he adjusted just fine. He is 22 months and drinking 1% milk and loves cheese and other dairy products. Good luck

Elaine - posted on 04/23/2010

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hi my 7 year old son was diagnosed lactose intolerant at 4 months old,and was put on to sma lactose free milk, which was fantastic. he loves all forms of dairy and can tolerate small amounts, i felt it would be unfair to take away his choices. needless to say he has learnt to judge himself when enough is enough and if he overdoes it he suffers with his stomach. 1 thing i would like to point out though and do not know whether relevant he suffers with terrible teeth and regularly has 2 fillings on visits to dentist,hoping his adult teeth will be stronger. but i have never actually managed to get an answer as to whether or not its calcium deficiency due to not being able to have all the dairy and whole cows milk.

Audrey - posted on 04/22/2010

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YOU GUYS ARE SO HELPFUL! THANK YOU FOR ALL UR SUPPORT!! ITS NICE TO HAVE SOMEONE TO TALK TO WITHOUT JUDGING OR WHATNOT! THANKS AGAIN!!

Kathy - posted on 04/22/2010

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Not necessarily. I am lactose-intolerant but I can eat foods that I make that have 2% percent milk in them and cheese. I can NOT do icecream-that makes me violently ill. I do make icecream with lactose-free milk. Get him used to the veggies and fruit and cereals. When he is ready to try more solid food try macorini n cheese made with 1% milk or buy the lactose-free whole milk. Slowly introduce him to dairy products and in limited amounts. He could very well tolerate certain foods and grow to tolerate the ones he is sensitive. My nephews were lactose-intolerant as babies and by the age of 3 could eat even icecream with no problems. This is something that is a hit and miss alot of times like you learned with the formula.

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A lot of children out grow this with time & it becomes an issue of how much they consume & what they can tolerate. My 6 month old totally has this problem, I finally got it figured out when I switched her over to Similac Sensitive RS which has the lactose removed from it, all the same symptoms as your baby. This formula was just a god send, I kept taking the baby to the doctor & telling them what was going on & they would just look at me like I was stupid because she is such a large baby.

Just an FYI I have seen lactose free cows milk, as well as some lactose free cheese in the grocery stores. I hear from a lot of people that have problems that cheese & yogurt doesn't bother them much, but ice cream just kills them.

Good luck.

Katherine - posted on 04/22/2010

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NO!!! My daughter is too. Mac and cheese really bothers her. Yogurt however, does not. No dairy at all.

Louise - posted on 04/22/2010

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I would bit the bullet and try him on some. My daughter also had terrible trouble digesting milk when she was very young and ended up on infant gaviscon powder with every feed. But she was absolutely fine with cooked milks like chese sauces and custards. There is only one way to find out and that is to try it.

Daphnée - posted on 04/22/2010

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The same happened to me,I found out that William is lactose intolerant whe he was six months !!! My solution was to to continue the breastfedding but I had to stop eating cakes,cheese,anything that may contain lactose.My boo is now a strong healty ten months old boy.

Melissa - posted on 04/21/2010

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My kids also had to use a lactose free formula. But once my son turned one he had no problem with dairy. My daughter is only 6 months old so we aren't sure about her. My son drinks cow's milk, eats yogurt and cheese. It may just be that he can't tolerate it yet.

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