Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: annie | 2012/04/10

Q.

gassy toddler

Hi Doc
my son is 18 months old and for some time now he is always passing gas, his diet hasn''t changed much. His poo is of norrmal consistency.
His diet is mainly cereal with a bit if fresh milk and his formula, veggies, fruit and his milk and water.
What can be the cause of his gas??

Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

There are two possible causes. The most likely one is lactose intolerance. This is the inability to digest the lactose found in milk. This is very common and tends to run in families. About 10% of the population have lactose intolerance. The other possibility is a wheat intolerance. Try your son off all milk and dairy products for 7 to 10 days and see if his gassiness improves.Use soya milk and soya yoghurt etc in place of cows milk and dairy products.

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