Is lactose Intolerance In Kids The Same As Milk Allergy?

Is lactose Intolerance In Kids The Same As Milk Allergy?

8 Jun 2022 | 2 min Read

Dr Akshita Rathod

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A lot of parents confuse lactose intolerance with milk allergy. This happens as the symptoms for both these conditions overlap but, these two conditions aren’t the same. Lactose intolerance occurs when one has a digestive problem whereas milk allergy is based on immune system-related problems.

Lactose intolerance can be developed in childhood, but this condition becomes prominent/ noticeable in the adult stage for most people.

Lactose is a sugar that’s found in milk, dairy products, canned foods, bread, cereals, frozen foods, dried milk, etc. For kids who develop lactose intolerance, parents have to be careful while feeding breastmilk and formula foods as they contain lactose.

The ones who are lactose intolerant fail to absorb the lactose that is taken in. this unabsorbed lactose can lead to symptoms.

A few of the symptoms of lactose intolerance are nausea, skin rash, abdominal cramps, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, loose stools, and watery diarrhea accompanied by gas.

Lactose intolerance could be acquired in which the small intestine is unable to carry out lactase activity after infancy. Intolerance can also be a result of lactase deficiency where the body lacks lactase enzyme.
A few kids also tend to develop secondary intolerance after a viral infection or digestive disorder like celiac disease.

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