Childhood Diseases

Posted by: E. | 2010/10/10


Lactose Intolerant

Hi Prof
My 11 month old daughter had gastro about a week ago. At the time I took her off all dairy and fruit - I changed her formula to Nan Lactose free. The only ''milk'' she was on was the added milk in the Cerelac cereal which she tolerated well. On Thursday I tried to introduce yoghurt but within an hour she brought everything up. Yesterday &  today I tried a Purity flavour that had added yoghurt in &  she tolerated it well. However, this afternoon, I tried to go back to her normal formula (Nan2), but within 2 hours she brought everything up again.
She has not been allergic to anything up to this point. I suspect she may have temporary lactose intolerance due to the gastro. How long does it generally last &  when can I introduce yoghurt/her normal formula again?

Expert's Reply



This is probably due to a temporary lactose intolerance. This usually lasts for between 4 weeks and 3 months. Your daughter should be on a lactose free formula for at least 4 weeks. You can try her on a soya yoghurt. Don't give her dairy in any form such as the Cerelac.

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