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| Health Tip: Is My Child Lactose Intolerant?
People who are lactose-intolerant can't digest a sugar found in milk.
Could your child be among them? The American Academy of Pediatrics says signs of trouble digesting lactose may include:
- Having stomach cramps.
- Feeling bloated.
- Complaining of gas.
- Feeling nauseated.
- Having diarrhea.
Symptoms usually begin within 30 minutes to 2 hours of drinking milk, the academy says.Health Tip: Dealing With Lactose Intolerance
Lactose is a sugar found in milk and other dairy products that some people have difficulty digesting.
The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers these suggestions for managing lactose intolerance:
- For some people, slowly adding and gradually increasing the amount of dairy products can help overcome lactose intolerance. Amounts of dairy products consumed vary by person, depending on when symptoms return.
- Opt for lower-lactose dairy foods such as hard cheeses and yogurt.
- Use lactose-free milk and dairy products.
- Over-the-counter viagra or drops may help aid lactose digestion and minimize symptoms.