Most people think that drinking a glass of milk is nutritious for the child. However, at times this healthy drink can turn out to be fatal for your kid, especially if your child is lactose intolerant. Children who are lactose intolerant don’t produce enough lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. At times it is difficult to know if your child has this condition, so you should be watchful for the symptoms. Here Dr Atish Laddad, founder The Pediatric Network tells us about the signs of lactose intolerence.
Loose motions: If your child is consuming large amounts of foods that contain lactose and it is not broken down properly for digestion, due to lack of lactose, the sugar ferments inside the gut and gives rise to symptoms like diarrhoea, watery stools and gas.
Bloating: The trapped sugar that didn’t get digested due to lack of lactose can give rise to bloating in kids accompanied with uneasiness and increase in temper tantrums.
Flatulence and gas: Close to bloating comes flatulence and gas. This is common with undigested foods that stay in the gut for long.
Skin rashes: This is another prominent sign of lactose intolerance as the allergy makes it way to the dermis when it turns severe.
Abdominal cramps: Severe cramps due to trapped air and undigested lactose in the belly can give rise to abdominal cramps.
Frequent colds: Not every child but some of them might face cold allergy due to lactose intolerance. So, if your child gets a cold easily, try putting her off milk and dairy.