Lactose intolerant, any suggestions.

Ellen Renee - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have a five year old daughter who has been lactose intolerant since we introduced her to milk at age1. She is not able to drink any regular types of milk. She can't eat most cheese. She is able to pizza, macaroni and cheese, and chocolate, but anything else gives her the poops. The doctor wont prescribe her any type of medication to get rid of it. They say she will grow out of it but it's been 4 years. Her school is assisting me with getting her to try more things but in small porportions. Do you have any suggestions?

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Kerry - posted on 02/28/2009

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Quoting Ellen Renee:

She drinks lactose free milk. Some is called Dairy-Ease. My three almost four year old little boy weighs more than her. She has very little calcium going in her body. I was thinking about putting her on vitamins but I don't know what kind to get extra calcium. She got cavities from not being able to drink milk. I am concerned that he permenant teeth will come in and just fall right out because she don't have enough calcium.



the doctor chou prescribe you calcium pills for her as well as making sure she sees some to discuss her diet on a regular bases. if your doctor is un willing to do this i would ask to see some one else and get a second opinun.

Michelle - posted on 02/28/2009

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after mentioning her teeth etc...



Go to the pharmacy and ask the pharmacist for calcium supplements for children. They come as a 'sweet' flavoured. She wont notice shes taking them but you can only give one a day. They contain a days worth of calcium that a child needs.



Alpro-soya milk is great for calcium and they do custards, yougurts etc... my little girl loves them. They do many flavours too.

Michelle - posted on 02/28/2009

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The doctor will not prescribe anything as it can not be cured by medication.



You have to introduce small amounts of mild cheeses, yogurts etc... slowly over a number of months and take it one at a time so you now whether its ok.



My daughter has this problem and she can not eat anything that contains milk/milk protiens/lactose.



She may not grow out of it. So make sure the foods you give her are mild. She can probably eat pizza as this is made with mild cheddar /mozzerella not strong cheeses.



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Kerry - posted on 02/28/2009

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my 10 year old has suffered from lactose intolerants since the age of 1 and shows no signs of growing out of it. i give him lactolite instead of milk and extra calcum throu vitamins. he can have things with it in but in small doses its just a case of working out how much he has before it effects him and makes him have a bad tummy.

Naomi - posted on 02/27/2009

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actually milk is not the best source of calcium for your child.  Milk contains a log of calcium in it, however it is in a form that is most difficult for the human body to absorb.  because of this most of that calcium actually just passes through the body anyway and is excreted as waste. Only in raw milk is calcium easily absorbable. Raw milk, however, is about impossible to obtain, as most states have outlawed the sale of raw milk.



There is a certain enzyme in raw milk that makes the calcium more easily absorbed. Unfortunately that enzyme is completely destroyed in the pasteurization process.  



Actually the best source of calcium is in fruits and vegetables. There are other sources of calcium that far surpass anything found in milk. Kale, turnip greens and collard greens and other dark green vegetables are all excellent sources of absorbable calcium.



Growing up I had an allergy to milk along with all of my siblings. We didn't drink milk at all in our house.  We had supplements and vegetables and fruits. I had never broken a bone in my life.



My daughter also had a milk allergy  We don't give her milk. We have an herbal liquid calcium that we add to her juice or drinks and she has no problems at all. If you are interested in that, you can usually find it at a health foods store. It is called Dr. Christopher's Herbal calcium. It is a great source. Vitamins are always good no matter what.



There is a lot of factual information about milk online, and what is in it and how it is damaging if you wanted to look it up.  hope it helps.

Naomi - posted on 02/27/2009

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actually milk is not the best source of calcium for your child.  Milk contains a log of calcium in it, however it is in a form that is most difficult for the human body to absorb.  because of this most of that calcium actually just passes through the body anyway and is excreted as waste. Only in raw milk is calcium easily absorbable. Raw milk, however, is about impossible to obtain, as most states have outlawed the sale of raw milk.



There is a certain enzyme in raw milk that makes the calcium more easily absorbed. Unfortunately that enzyme is completely destroyed in the pasteurization process.  



Actually the best source of calcium is in fruits and vegetables. There are other sources of calcium that far surpass anything found in milk. Kale, turnip greens and collard greens and other dark green vegetables are all excellent sources of absorbable calcium.



Growing up I had an allergy to milk along with all of my siblings. We didn't drink milk at all in our house.  We had supplements and vegetables and fruits. I had never broken a bone in my life.



My daughter also had a milk allergy  We don't give her milk. We have an herbal liquid calcium that we add to her juice or drinks and she has no problems at all. If you are interested in that, you can usually find it at a health foods store. It is called Dr. Christopher's Herbal calcium. It is a great source. Vitamins are always good no matter what.



There is a lot of factual information about milk online, and what is in it and how it is damaging if you wanted to look it up.  hope it helps.

Anne - posted on 02/27/2009

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have you tried a natropath or looked ito food additives. in theory soy milk works but there have been many studies hathave shown that overprocessingof soy can also be hamful to our systems... it ould e that she is unable to digest a cretain enzymee in normal milk, there is oat milk which is good or look into an organic milk .....the closer to the way nature intended it the better . but seriously look into the food additives it will make you look at processed food in a different way and normal milk aswell ..

Ellen Renee - posted on 02/26/2009

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She drinks lactose free milk. Some is called Dairy-Ease. My three almost four year old little boy weighs more than her. She has very little calcium going in her body. I was thinking about putting her on vitamins but I don't know what kind to get extra calcium. She got cavities from not being able to drink milk. I am concerned that he permenant teeth will come in and just fall right out because she don't have enough calcium.

Leann - posted on 02/26/2009

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I'd go to another doctor. She doesn't look like she's gonna grow out of it if it's already been 4 years. Does she drink soy milk?

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