Lactose Intolerant- HELPP!!!

Oriana - posted on 11/12/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Is there a community for mothers of Lactose Intolerant children?

I just found out my son is L.I. and i needed some help on what to so/feed.

I'm new to this so I'm looking for others to share my experiences...

Can anyone help?

I feel like im the only one here

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Stefanie - posted on 11/14/2010

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Well, I'm not sure about a group but we have cut dairy from our diet for health reasons also and I have learned a lot about it.
There are a lot of options out now and you can still make just about anything you want without dairy.
We use Almond milk in place of regular milk. We use Earth Balance Vegan butter in place of dairy butter. I make my heavy cream from tofu and almond milk for pies (1/2 block Extra firm tofu and 1/2c almond milk blended until thick). Tofutti (sp) makes ice cream and fudge pops, etc. Ghirardelli's Semi-sweet chocolate chips are dairy free (made with soy lecithin). I've learned how to make my own sour cream, cream cheese, etc.
I have yet to try vegan cheeses but I hear that there are some really good brands.

I hope that helps you.

Jade - posted on 11/13/2010

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dont forget that soy is more fatty then milk so u can also give him rice and almond milk aswell

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Candace - posted on 05/31/2013

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stop drinking milk. you do not need it, your kids DO NOT need it! give yourself one week without any dairy at all and see how much better you feel, look, act and are... just do an experiment, I mean what is the worse that could happen. you will not die from not having milk, I promise!! you will -on the other hand feel BETTER. if you still don't believe me, do some research. come on, I know you can, they say moms do more research about their kids then most FBI agents do on a case. research whether milk is really that healthy. and try to find unbiased sources, that are not paid by the dairy industry. one great documentary is food matters or forks over knives...there are tons out there, most you can watch free on Netflix, or get from your local library.. get informed Good Luck!

Stevie - posted on 04/08/2011

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We have secondary lactose intolerance due to surgery that removed 20" of bowel at birth.

We use and have always used crushed or chewable lactaid pills.

My daughter is now 16 months old and she still breastfeeds.

Best of luck!

Hanna - posted on 03/24/2011

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my daughter's been L.I. since she was born. when i was breastfeeding i cut out all my dairy and traded it for almond milk. Although, she's tried about every kind of milk there is out there haha and we found out shes allergic to soy products too, but loves goats milk, cheese and yogurt.

Laura - posted on 11/14/2010

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Aleksandra: Thanks for the additional info. My doctor only told me of the two conditions when I was checked. I am lactose intolerent and you are correct that it is rather uncommon for kids to be lactose intolerent. That is a condition that often appears as they grow older. Milk Intolerence is new to me!

I live in the US and am VERY concerned about the use of GMO's in our food supply. I buy organic just to try and avoid consumption of GMO's. Organic products cannot contain GMO's by law; however there is a push by Monsanto to change that. GMO's are impossible to avoid if one eats out--fast food and commercial restaraunt food utilizes GMO products so I know I eat it then. I believe that GMO's are banned in Europe, but I could be wrong. Thanks again!

Anja - posted on 11/14/2010

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Oriana, Jade is right. The safest is to go dairy free if he is allergic, like my son. Whole Food market has everything you need, you can even make dairy free mac and cheese. They have all the products, even cookies and snacks. Another great site is Divvies.com, you can order dairy free cookies and cupcakes etc. Just google online and a whole list of information will come up.

Aleks - posted on 11/14/2010

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Laura.

While a very well written and quite informative post, you fail to mention that one can also have an intollerance to dairy protein and not just lactose.

Dairy protein intollerance is by far THE MOST COMMON issue facing very young babies and to some extent toddlers, as most infants stomachs are actually evolved to handle A LOT of lactose as our own human milk has something like 2-3 times the lactose of cow milk! And infact we humans keep our ability to process lactose up until the time we start to lose our "milk teeth". After that is when ppl commonly will start suffering from lactose intollerance.

Milk protein intollerance frequently does not involve an immune system response, even though there may be localised inflamation. Typically it is due to the fact that the stomach/gut does not have the right "protection" around it (with the right bacteria, flora and lining) to be able to handle these very difficult and unnatural (for humans) proteins that is heavily found in dairy. However, in time as the body matures these protective things develop and grow in the digestive tract (though not for everybody), and hence the term "outgrown" the intollerance. Most outgrow their dairy intollerance by 12mths though some (like my daughter currently) will do so probably by 2-5yrs of age. If that does not occur then the child will most likely have this intollerance for the rest of his/her life.

Typically the signs of dairy protein intollerance is reflux or silent reflux, mucous in the poo, bloodd in the poo, diarrihea, gassiness usually painful. Grumpiness, fussiness, "colic" (which I believe is just a name given by people when they can't figure out what is causing "crying" in a baby - my personal belief is that colic is frequently if not in nearly all cases caused by food intollerances like dairy, eggs, soy and wheat, but that is another whole debate...lol) inability to sleep for long periods, ie frequent wakings or sleep problems. Refusal of foods.

Lactose intollerance in infants is a very serious condition and typically will express itself in failure to thrive, not to mention a very unhappy little baby, possibly due to gastrointestinal issues you have mentioned, however, due to the fact that there is no other diet appart from milk it is a lot more serious.

While it is possible for an infant/toddler to have lactose intollerance it is highly unlikely (it is said that incidence of this is less than 1% of the infant population).



Oh, and just as an add on, here in Australia almost all of the soy milks on for individual sale at the supermarkets are GMO free, so it really depends on where you live with regards to this issue. If she lives in the US this may be a problem. Other countries I am not aware of what is out there, sorry.



Hope this helps and adds on further informaiuon to the above mentioned post

:-)

Laura - posted on 11/14/2010

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Ther are two medical terms that you need to know: Lactose Intolerence and Dairy or Milk Allergy. These are two very different conditions. Lactose Intolerence means that the body cannot digest the lactose sugars found naturally in milk. Lactose is found in goat's milk as well. This is a gastro-intenstinal/digestive issue! Symptoms can include excessive gas, bloating and diarrhea, as you know. Many people who are lactose intolerent can eat yogurt, kefir, and cheese without problems because these are CULTURED milk products--that is they are made by adding bacteria to the milk that use the lactose sugar as food, thus breaking it down and, in essence, getting rid of the lactose.

A Dairy (Milk) Allergy is an auto-immune response of the body. As with all allergies, the body mistakes the milk proteins as "invaders" and triggers an immune respose to try and get rid of the perceived danger. This can create symptoms from runny, itchy eyes and sniffles, to hives, to life-threatening conditions such as anyphlactic (sp?) shock where the throat and airways swell shut. A Dairy Allergy is by far the more serious condition. In this case dairy products of every kind must be totally avoided. This can be difficult because milk and milk by-products (casein & whey) are found in most proccessed foods. Allergies can range from mild to severe reactions, so it is possible that a mild allergy could be out-grown. People can develop allergies as the grow older, too.

Whether your son is Lactose Intolerent or has a Dairy Allergy, there are a range of foods that can be used to replace the dairy while still providing him with needed nutrition.

Soy is an easy, readily available substitute that most people can tolerate. A word of caution about soy products however: Soy products are heavily proccessed in and of themselves and the vast amount of soy on the market is GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) soy. Some newer studies have begun to link proccessed soy products to early puberty in girls and obesity in boys. Soy naturally contains what are called "phyto-estrogens"--that is compounds that mimic estrogen in the body. Long-term effects of exposure to these compounds are just now being studied, though it is speculated that these compounds may be what is contributing to early puberty. Tofu, tempeh, and miso, all CULTURED soy products, do not contain these compounds and are actually a healthy addition to the diet.

In light of that I would recommend using almond or rice milk as a substitute for dairy. At the very least alternate using soy and rice/almond milk. Be aware that rice milk, in particular, cannot be used effectively in baking and cooking without added agents. Because rice does not contain gluten, it won't thicken sauces or make baked good rise like milk can. Just be aware.

I suggest going to your local library or bookstore and look for dairy-free cookbooks. These books can give you information on substitutions you cn make in cooking as well as recipes to try.

Finally, you should always consult your doctor or pediatrician about your concerns about diet. There are tests that can be done to determine exactly what the problem is so that treatment can be better tailored to your son's needs. And don't worry, you are not alone! I'm lactose intolerent and am just fine...of course some might debate that, but that is a differnet argument! : ) Hope this helps and best of luck to you!

Aleks - posted on 11/14/2010

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Lactose inotellerant or Dairy intollerant? These are two quite different things.
My daughter (and son) were both dairy intollerant, son out grew it by bout 12mths, while my 20mth old daughter is still intollerant of dairy. She is also intollerant of soy.
Basically, dairy intollerant means that ALL dairy is out of the question, and any foods containing dairy will cause trouble. While lactose intollerant ppl can have some dairy, can have Lactose reduced or lactose free milk, cheeses and most lactose intollerant ppl can have natural yoghurts. While dairy intollerant people cannot have any of these things.

In either case, read ALL LABLES when purchasing foods ( processed foods that is ) including BREAD - you would be surprised! LOL
good luck :-)

Elizabeth - posted on 11/13/2010

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My daughter was still lactose intolerant at 16 months, but at 19 months has finally outgrown it. Yogurt, Sharp Cheddar (look it up, it has a 0 lactose value), and soy milk were our "dairy" staples. Hers wasn't too terrible, she would only get sick if she had "too much" milk, so we could make her boxed mac n cheese with soymilk instead of milk, little things like that. He may still outgrow it. GL! www.silk.com is where I got information when I wasn't sure what to do!

Brittany - posted on 11/13/2010

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i am in a hollistic moms group. some use almond milk, soy milk, real cow milk (straight from a dairy..its chemically different then store milk) and also goats milk. good luck. my kids love the soy milk

Oriana - posted on 11/12/2010

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Thank You!!! And he hasn't had an allergic reaction to milk... but since birth he has had chronic diarrhea and the only time it stopped was when we gave him soy formula.. however he then got constipated so after using 7 different types of formula (including breast milk) he was old enough for milk... and yet he kept just having diarrhea and barely gaining weight. His doctor just thought he had gastroestestinal problems...

I just changed his milk yesterday to Soy Milk and its amazing how fast that worked... he has had only 2 hard stools today (The norm. for him would be about 4 runny stools by 4)= So im just guessing it WAS the milk

However im so new to this and not very educated on the subject... i really didnt know there were cheese and butter products without lactose =/

Jade - posted on 11/12/2010

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just a question is he lactose intolerant or allergic? theres a difference if he is intolerant there are still milk poructs that you can buy him which are lactose free like milk, cheese, yogurt,butter/margerine ect. if he is allergic then there's lot he cany have like the obvious milk,cheese,yogurt and the list can go on and on.my daughter is allergic to milk. she is required to have an api pen. it is very hard to deal with everything you buy now you must look at the ingredient to make sure.ingredients to watch for WHEY, anything starting with the word LACT, CASEIN and the obvious.if it doesnt have ingredience dont give it to him. i hope this helps

Joan - posted on 11/12/2010

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hi
i don't know the answer to your question ,but i am sure if you talk to the pedi. they will help you figure out what can be consumed and what should not be. you might even ask to have an appt. with a nutritionist.

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