What is Lactose Intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is when the body cannot process lactose, a natural sugar found in milk and other dairy products. Signs of lactose intolerance in babies can include gas, bloating, vomiting, and diarrhea after consuming milk or milk-based products.
Food Options for Babies with Lactose Intolerance
Nutrition is very important for babies and toddlers with lactose intolerance. While milk and milk products should be avoided, there are many other healthy options parents can give to their little ones.
Here are some food options for babies with lactose intolerance:
- Protein: Egg, tofu, fish, chicken, beans, and nuts.
- Dairy Alternatives: Soy, almond, coconut and other plant-based milks. These can be found in several forms such as yogurts, cheeses, and ice cream.
- Fruits: Bananas, apples, pears, peaches and more.
- Vegetables: Carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, squash and more.
- Grains: Oats, quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat bread and more.
Parental Tips for Caring for a Baby with Lactose Intolerance
Caring for a baby with lactose intolerance can be challenging. Here are some tips to help make the process easier.
- Consult the Doctor: Be sure to consult your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis of lactose intolerance and recommend the proper food options.
- Educate Yourself: Learn as much as you can about lactose intolerance and its management. Educate family and friends so that they can help care for your baby if required.
- Choose Dairy Alternatives: Identify and choose appropriate dairy alternatives that are fortified with calcium, vitamin D and other essential vitamins and minerals.
- Read Labels: Be sure to read food labels to identify and avoid foods that contain lactose.
Caring for a baby with lactose intolerance can take some time and effort. However, with these tips and proper nutrition, you can ensure that your baby has the nutrients and energy they need to grow and develop.