Lactose intolerance is uncommon and misunderstood issue in global world specially when it comes to babies. People or infants who are going through this lactose intolerance issue unable to digest lactose in milk which then leads to following health issues,
- Loose stools
Lactose intolerance occurs when your babies intestine doesn’t produce required enzymes which can digest the sugar of milk called lactose, later this lactose turns into glucose and galactose which is then absorb in the blood stream which leads your baby to gain weight and becomes healthy.
Food That Contain Lactose
Dairy food items are full of nutrition’s but it contain lactose whose effects varies from person to person. Babies who are lactose intolerant might digest small amount of lactose, for this pediatrician recommends enzymes drops that helps baby’s tummy to digest lactose. Pediatrician also advises breastfed mothers to avoid dairy products for few weeks so that your baby try to overcome this enzymes deficiency. Following are the well known products having greater amount of lactose,
- Cow’s milk
- Goat’s milk
- Formula Milk
- Biscuits, Cakes & Cookies
- Ice cream
For better diagnosis it is better to first concern with your doctor for changes in infant formula or the diet.
Lactose free formula is recommended for the babies with lactose intolerance issue, so that they can digest the milk or formula given to him/her. Parents must not take this issue for granted as it will lead to de-hydration and can be life threatening if not properly treated.
It is advisable to continue breastfeeding, unless the pediatrician advises you to stop breastfeeding it is usually only for a very short time, so you will need to take steps to keep up your milk supply.
Lactose intolerance in babies are very rare. 10 out of 1 baby will might face such issue, specially those infants who are born immature. Anyways talk to your pediatrician periodically as this is your baby’s health concern and one must not compromise on it.
Building up a healthy family must be priority of every Mamabae. Take good care of yourself and your baby. Your baby and family is the ultimate gift from the nature and you must be thankful to God for such blessings 🙂
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