Though lactose intolerance in babies is rare, even a minor sensitivity can cause discomfort. Here are clues to watch for and options to help.
Basically, lactose sensitivity means that your baby’s body is not able to digest all of the lactose (a simple carbohydrate) found in dairy products. In most situations lactose sensitivity is not dangerous, but it can be uncomfortable for your baby. To help your baby, try these expert tips.
See the doctor. If your baby experiences issues such as bloating, diarrhea, vomiting and discomfort that seems like it may be belly cramps and you think she might have a sensitivity to lactose, make an appointment with your pediatrician to confirm. The doctor may request a stool acidity test, in which a sample is examined for lactic and other acids. Many suspected cases of lactose intolerance actually turn out to be other simple digestive issues that are easily managed.
Try a different formula. Based on your baby’s degree of digestive discomfort, your pediatrician may advise switching formulas. If you have a preference for a dairy-free formula, a soy-based formula such as Enfamil ProSobee is a good option and provides the complete nutrition your baby needs.
To Learn More
Clear up some common misconceptions about lactose sensitivity by reading “Lactose Intolerance in Babies: Myth Versus Truth.”