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Posted by: anzel | 2010-11-11

dairy free

My daughter is 4 and we have discoverd she is lactose / dairy intolorant, however I have looked at soya products and are not happy about the idea of cancer that is suggested, she is now also getting sick more often that in the past and now has " craddle cap"  on top of it , we both do suffer from dry scalp, but this is now a lot worse..........what would be the easiest and best way to adjust her diet and to what, and also not going to cost an arm and a leg???

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Dear Anzel
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: mwhildal@mweb.co.za
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DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010-11-12

Dear Anzel
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: mwhildal@mweb.co.za
Best regards
DietDoc

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