(also called secondary or temporary lactose intolerance.) If there is too much lactose in the gut for the enzyme to digest, symptoms of wind (gas), tummy ache and copious frothy green or watery stools may be seen.
In some cases, a hydrogen breath test is done to test for lactose intolerance. For the test, your child breathes into a container that measures breath hydrogen level before and after he or she drinks a beverage that contains a known amount of lactose.
The symptoms of lactose intolerance in babies and children are: liquid, sometimes green, frothy stools. being irritable. stomach aches. bloating. passing a lot of gas. not putting on weight. nappy rash.
Your baby’s stools may be loose and watery. They may also appear bulky or frothy. They can even be acidic, which means you may notice diaper rash from your baby’s skin becoming irritated.
Your baby may have lactose intolerance without ever having had infectious diarrhoea, but the enzyme will increase with age, so there is no need to stop breastfeeding unless the lactose intolerance is severe, causing dehydration or poor growth.
Similac ® Sensitive® Lactose Sensitivity is a milk -based formula designed for babies with lactose intolerance. We also offer Similac ® Isomil®, a soy -based infant formula that is naturally lactose-free.
Lactose – free formula This formula is suitable for babies who are lactose intolerant. This means they cannot absorb lactose, which is a sugar that’s naturally in milk and dairy products. Lactose intolerance is rare in babies. Symptoms include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, wind and bloating.
The following symptoms may indicate the baby is having gastrointestinal problems: Vomiting: Spitting up and dribbling milk with burps or after feedings is fairly common in newborns. This is because the sphincter muscle between the stomach and the esophagus ( the tube from the mouth to stomach ) is weak and immature.
If you reintroduce dairy into your diet and baby reacts, cut out dairy products again for at least another month. If baby’s allergy to cow’s milk protein via breastmilk is severe, it’s best to wait at least 6 months before trying to reintroduce dairy.
Digestive: Persistent Gassiness This can result in discomfort, burping, or passing gas. Discomfort can cause an infant to be “fussy”, “cranky”, or “colicky.” All babies have gas, but when it occurs with several other signs, it signals a possible allergy to cow milk.
The symptoms of lactose intolerance usually begin within 30 minutes to 2 hours after consuming dairy and should go away once the dairy you consumed completely passes through your digestive system — within about 48 hours.
What are the signs of formula intolerance? Diarrhea. Blood or mucus in your baby’s bowel movements. Vomiting. Pulling his or her legs up toward the abdomen because of abdominal pain. Colic that makes your baby cry constantly. Trouble gaining weight, or weight loss.
Their stools may also be seedier. These little “seeds” are undigested milk fat, which is entirely normal. Formula-fed babies’ stools are usually a little firmer, often the consistency of peanut butter. Extremely loose, watery stools may indicate that the baby is not absorbing nutrients as well as they should.
“ Newborn digestive systems are immature, so they produce a lot of gas, and this is normal. Infants also take in a lot of air while feeding and crying, which produces more gas,” says Samira Armin, M.D., a pediatrician at Texas Children’s Pediatrics in Houston.