Most children who are lactose intolerant can eat some dairy foods to ensure they get enough calcium. Not enough kids are getting enough calcium in their diets, and one of the reasons we see, is that parents often eliminate dairy, thinking that it is the cause of stomach pains and the other discomforts that are associated with lactose intolerance." Each child’s level of tolerance can vary "Some children are able to tolerate a 4.oz glass of milk, but not two glasses and some can tolerate different types of cheeses and yogurt without any symptoms. Lactose intolerance is when there is not enough of the enzyme lactase to digest the milk sugar lactose. Lactose is the sugar that is found naturally in milk and milk products, as well as foods with ingredients such as milk or whey. In order for the body to use lactose, it has to break it down using an enzyme called lactase. Lactose intolerance is a condition that occurs when a child, tween or teen does not produce enough lactase to break down the lactose in food. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include: Abdominal cramping, nausea, bloating, gas and diarrhea. These symptoms may occur shortly after eating foods that contain lactose, but sometimes will not occur until hours later. This is because children can vary in the amount of lactose they can tolerate. When milk products are eliminated from the diet because of lactose intolerance, an important source of calcium and other vitamins and minerals are also eliminated. Because of this, your child will need to get calcium from other sources, or may need to take a calcium supplement. If your child has been medically diagnosed with a lactose intolerance. Be sure to consult with your child's doctor and one of our Pedi-dietitians before giving any supplements, altering your own child’s dietary plan and or eliminating all dairy foods. While uncomfortable, it is important to accurately diagnose
a lactose intolerance so that other marco and micro nutrients are not compromised in your child’s daily diet for growth and development. If your child or adolescent's pediatrician has medically prescribed a limited lactose or lactose-free diet you can fill out our Nutrittionomics form and order this meal plan today. If you suspect a lactose intolerance and need more nutritional insight and guidance, you can book an appointment with one of our pedi-adolescent dietitians.