Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Rea's mommy | 2008/06/09

Q.

allergic / lactose intolerant?

my 2yr old son is on isomil as i've been told he's lactose intolerant. please explain to me what the difference is between being allergic to lactose and being lactose intolerant. i was also told by the time he's 2 he might start outgrowing it. what can i give him to test if he's still intolerant? (i.e. can i go ahead and give him milk or is this too risky?)

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Lactose intolerance is due to an inability to digest the lactose [which is a natural sugar] in milk. It may last for many years or even be life-long.If you give him milk he will develop symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal discomfort and windiness if he is still lactose intolerant. An allergy is due to the immune system building up antibodies to milk, this usually manifests as skin rashes such as eczema.

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Posted by: Rea's mommy | 2008/06/10

hi Doc

thank you for the reply.
Shoo this is all so confusing as he also has eczema. so would u say it's a good idea to ask his paed to do allergy tests as he also sneezes a lot (we have carpeted floors at home)? and is that a major routine (the allergy testing)?

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