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What is Lactose Sensitivity in Babies

What is Lactose Sensitivity in Babies?

When you meet with your baby’s pediatrician to talk about what lactose sensitivity in babies is, it’s a good idea to bring a list of questions with you. These questions can help your baby’s doctor determine whether your baby is sensitive to lactose and decide if a lactose free formula or minimal lactose formula might help.

Questions to Ask About Lactose Sensitivity in Babies

  • What does lactose intolerance or sensitivity mean?
  • What are the issues caused by lactose intolerance or sensitivity?
  • Might there be another cause for my baby’s issues?
  • How can you tell if my baby has an issue with lactose?
  • What are the management options?
  • Is a lactose free formula or minimal lactose formula right for my baby?
  • Could a sensitive baby formula help?
  • How can my baby get enough calcium in their diet if milk products or lactose are reduced?
  • Should my baby be taking a supplement to make sure they’re getting all the vitamins and minerals they need?
  • Do babies outgrow lactose sensitivity?

Make a List of Baby’s Issues Beforehand

Your time with the pediatrician might be limited, so make sure you come to the appointment prepared. Write down all of your baby’s issues and your concerns:

  • Do they cry soon after eating or experience other feeding issues
  • How long after they finish eating do the issues appear?
  • Any other issues?

Keep a record of anything you are giving your baby

  • Breast milk, formula, or a combination
  • Medications
  • Vitamins or other nutritional supplements
  • Any solids

Note any changes in your baby lately

  • Sleep pattern
  • Eating habits
  • Illness

Having all this information on hand will make your pediatrician appointment as helpful as possible.

Ask About a Formula Change

After getting answers to your questions, you’re hopefully close to understanding if your baby has a lactose sensitivity. Ask your pediatrician if changing to a minimal lactose formula or lactose free formula, that has easy-to-digest proteins and developed for lactose sensitivity may help. Learn more about lactose sensitivity in babies and how you can help your little one stay happy and healthy.