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Lactose is a sugar that is in milk and milk products. Some people do not make enough of an enzyme called lactase, which digests lactose. When this happens it can cause gas, belly pain, diarrhea, and bloating. This is called lactose intolerance. This is not the same as a food allergy to milk.
With planning, your child can avoid lactose and still eat a tasty and nutritious diet. And your child can still get enough calcium to build and maintain healthy bones. Your doctor and dietitian will help you design a diet. It will be based on your child's level of lactose intolerance and what your child likes to eat. Always talk with your doctor or dietitian before you make changes in your child's diet.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Lora J. Stewart MD - Allergy and Immunology
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