Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Niks | 2010-02-23


Inadequate amount of milk

Good day,
My 9 month old is just not keen on drinking his milk anymore. He is on Isomil 2 ( Lactose Intolerant) and is on treatment for Nephritis.(Anti-hypertensives and a MVT) He also struggles to put on weight(last weight at 7 1/2 mths was 7.4kg)
I am aware that he should be drinking at least 500 - 600 mls per day but he would never drink this amount - the most he would drink about 100 a day mls whilst i try to get the rest of his required amount in buy offering more cereal (made with his milk), soy custard, soya yoghurt and still try to include fruit and veg in his diet. This is really beginning to take a toll - I''m not sure if it could be that he is starting to teeth as he has been a bit niggly.
Doctor can you please offer some advice on how to get him to increase his milk intake although he has no problem with eating.
Is it not advisable to give him too much of cereal a day?

Expert's Reply



Your baby son's weight is well below the average weight for a baby boy of 7.5months which is 8.5kg. I presume that his combined lactose intolerance and acute nephritis problems are the main reason for his low weight. He is definitely drinking far too little milk. Babies with acute nephritis should be under the careful supervison of a qualified dietician. Your baby's protein intake has to be carefully monitored. Please ask your paediatrician to recommend a dietician.

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