Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be seen as a substitute for professional medical advice.
Lactose intolerance in children can often be a source of discomfort and concern for parents. At KinderCure, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and guidance on this common condition.
What is Lactose Intolerance?
Lactose intolerance occurs when the body has difficulty digesting lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products. It’s different from a milk allergy, which is an immune response to milk proteins. Lactose intolerance typically develops as children get older and their natural production of lactase, the enzyme needed to digest lactose, decreases .
Recognising the Signs
Symptoms of lactose intolerance can include bloating, abdominal pain, gas, and diarrhoea after consuming dairy products. It’s important to differentiate these symptoms from other digestive issues and food intolerances.
Managing lactose intolerance involves adjusting the child’s diet to reduce or eliminate lactose-containing foods. This doesn’t mean dairy has to be completely off the table. Many children with lactose intolerance can tolerate small amounts of dairy, and there are lactose-free milk and dairy products available. It’s crucial, however, to ensure that children still receive adequate calcium and vitamin D from other sources .
“At KinderCure, we emphasise the importance of a balanced diet, even when managing conditions like lactose intolerance,” says Dr. Garima Mengi. “Our approach is to work with families to create dietary plans that meet nutritional needs while avoiding discomfort.”
The Role of Regular Check-Ups
Regular paediatric check-ups are vital in managing lactose intolerance effectively. These visits allow for monitoring of symptoms, dietary adjustments, and ensuring that children’s growth and developmental needs are being met.
When to Seek Medical Advice
If your child shows symptoms of lactose intolerance, it’s important to consult a paediatrician. Proper diagnosis and management are key to maintaining your child’s health and well-being.
While lactose intolerance requires dietary adjustments, with proper management, children can lead healthy, active lives without discomfort.
Need Guidance on Lactose Intolerance?
Visit KinderCure Clinic or book a consultation through WhatsApp for expert advice on managing lactose intolerance in children.
 “Lactose Intolerance in Children,” Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology.
 “Dietary Considerations for Children with Lactose Intolerance,” Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics.