Infants with lactose intolerance often see symptoms 30 minutes to two hours after consuming milk and milk products. Symptoms may include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Abdominal Bloating
Always consult your health care practitioner before switching to a formula for lactose intolerance.
There are many different causes of lactose intolerance, always consult the advice of a health care professional if you feel your baby is lactose intolerant. Some of the causes include:
- Congenital – Meaning lactose intolerance from birth, due to deficiency of the enzyme lactase
- Gastroenteritis – Acute diarrhoea
- Parasitic infection
- Iron deficiency
Although a soy formula can be used for lactose intolerant babies, a lactose free formula is usually recommended.
Secondary lactose intolerance is a temporary condition resulting from damage to the lining of the small intestine caused by illness. An example of an illness which can result in secondary lactose intolerance is gastroenteritis.
Secondary lactose intolerance (otherwise known as transient lactase deficiency) can last several weeks. Tolerance varies following acute diarrhoea and can take up to eight weeks before your baby is able to tolerate lactose.
No. Milk allergy is the result of intolerance to cows’ milk protein. Lactose intolerance is the result of inability to digest the sugar lactose.