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If your 4-year-old daughter is lactose intolerant then it is essential that you consult a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will have to work out a diet for your lassie that avoids all lactose and dairy products except possibly small quantities of yoghurt (most of the lactose is removed from the yoghurt during the fermentation process), but still provides her with the nutrients she needs for normal growth and development. Milk, yoghurt and cheeses are the best and most bioavailable sources of calcium in our diets and by cutting out all the dairy products your lassie won't be getting the calcium she need to develop her bones and teeth normally. The dietitian will, therefore, have to discuss other sources of calcium such as calcium-enriched soya products and/or calcium supplements with you. The Cradle Cap needs to be treated by a Dermatologist, so please see a Dermatologist ASAP. Contact the Allergy Association by visiting their Website at: www.allallergy.net to find out more about intolerances and allergies. The Allergy Association Website lists the foods that you need to avoid if you have a lactose intolerance. For recipes you can try the 'South African Cookbook for Food Allergies & Food Intolerance" by Hilda Lategan. Contact Hilda Lategan, who is also a dietitian, on (012) 546-6410) or send her an e-mail at: email@example.com
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