Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Zet | 2008-11-14


Lactose intolatent &  cow' s milk allegy

Hi Doc

Thanks for the reply ealier on...just one more question, whats the difference between Lactose intolarent and cows milk allegry and how can you tell the difference???

Does it mean a lactose intolarent baby can still have soem cow' s milk products???

Please explain the two to me am really confused..thanks

Expert's Reply



Lactose intolerance is due to the lack of an enzyme in the intestines called lactase which is important to digest the natural milk sugar called lactose. This is usually an inherited condition but can occur for a short period following an episode of gastronenteritis.Milk allergy as its name suggests is an actual allergy to cow's milk and involves the bodies immune system. In both cases it is best to avoid all dairy products.

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