Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mummy | 2010-10-01


Sudden lactose intolerance?

Hi Doc,

Is it possible that my 19 month old daughter has developed an intolerance to dairy? She''s had a gooey, smelly, runny tummy since Saturday. I gave her Kantrexil for a few days, which didn''t have any affect, and am now giving her Chloropect - which also is not working. Her creche nanny suggested we take her off milk/dairy. Could it just be a stage and what do I give her in place of milk? Soya, potato or rice milk???
Also, can I give her Rescue drops? She is an incredibly restless sleeper - moaning, tossing &  turning in her sleep so much so, that she wakes herself up - and cries! So she''s always tired and tantrummy!

Thanks for your help - it''s greatly appreciated!
Enjoy your weekend

Expert's Reply



You are very welcome.Your little toddler's loose tummy is unlikely to suddenly be due to lactose intolerance.This is more likely to be due to a viral gastro infection. taking her off milk for no more than one day. She must have all her other fluids she would normally have during the day but no fruit juice for 3 days.The most important thing to do is to give her frequent sips of an electrolyte solution such as Rehidrat to replace fluid and body salts that she is losing in her stools.
I am not sure if you mean that your daughter has always been a restless sleeper or that this is something new. From your description she may still have a problem with reflux. Give her Gaviscon liquid 5ml at night and see if she sleeps more peacefully. If there is no difference then stop the Gaviscon and you can try the Rescue drops to see if she will sleep better.

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