Could your little one be suffering from lactose intolerance? It’s not overly common, but it is possible for babies to develop a lactose intolerance and it can cause quite worrying symptoms.
Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about lactose intolerance in babies and why a correct diagnosis is essential.
What Is It?
Before you can determine whether or not your little one has a lactose intolerance, it helps to know exactly what it is.
Lactose is found in dairy products such as cow’s milk, and it’s a natural type of sugar. Our bodies contain a digestive enzyme known as lactase, which is responsible for breaking down lactose so it’s easily digested.
A lactose intolerance develops when the body isn’t producing enough of the lactase enzyme, making it more difficult to break it down. As the unchanged lactose passes through the gut, bacteria start to eat it, causing unpleasant symptoms such as diarrhea and a build-up of excess gas.
There’s actually two different types of lactose intolerance, each caused by slightly different things. So, let’s look at these different types and their possible causes… [Read more…]