Our expert says:
Lactose intolerance means that a baby or an adult does not have the enzyme required to digest the sugar that occurs in milk which is called lactose. Because the individual cannot digest lactose, this sugar ferments in the digestive tract causing diarrhoea, pain, cramps and winds. I would recommend that you actually have your baby assessed by a Paediatrician so that the dr can help you decide if the child is really lactose intolerant or not. The dr may recommend tests just to make sure. Testing is the only way of finding out if the child has a real allergy or not. If your baby is lactose intolerant then you will have to stick to the soya milk formula and also remove all milk products from her diet. This can be tricky so I would recommend that you consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area) to help you adjust to a milk-free diet.
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