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could i become lactose intolerance?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Some people are born without or lose ability to make the enzyme needed to digest lactose, so they will always have intolerance. Some people lose this transiently during an illness like bad diarrhea. It returns with healing. It can happen again if the conditions return.

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How will I know if my child has a milk sensitivity?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Several clues:: Diarrhea (especially bloody), constipation, pain/crying, rash, vomiting, and failure to gain weight are all possible clues to a milk sensitivity. The best test is to stop all dairy and soy (up to 50% cross-reactivity) products; if this takes care of the problem, you have your answer.
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
if symptoms do not resolve, see an allergist to have your child tested for food allergies
Aug 11, 2013
Dr. Anne Maitland
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
If there is blood in the stool, tellthe pediatrician right away. To check for foods that may have hidden sources of milk or soy, check the foodallergy .org website, or stick to a diet that is based on rice, oats, poultry, fruits and vegetables for 2 weeks. If no improvement of worrisome symptoms, then go to an allergist
Aug 22, 2013
Dr. Dale Tylor
Dr. Dale Tylor commented
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
I have seen many babies with dairy intolerance be "snorty", "squeaky", "snotty" or "gurgly" after feeds and not otherwise be sick. Sometimes breast feeding moms need to try a dairy free diet as the cow's milk they ingest can be passed into their own to the baby. Formula feeding babies may need a switch to soy or elemental formula to thrive.
Aug 29, 2013
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can a person develop lactose intolerance?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, comes with age: The great majority of the world's population becomes lactose intolerant with age (except northern europeans), because people produce less and less lactase enzyme and will not be able to digest milk sugar. Lactose intolerance can come on more suddenly after diarrhea. Taking lactase (lactaid tablets) can help a lot. We humans are the only mammals who keep drinking milk after weaning off the breast.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What kind of foods can you eat with lactose / milk intolerance?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Use lactase : Use of a digestive aid containing the enzyme lactase helps to reduce symptoms associated to lactose intolerance, and eat practically all foods. Without this digestive aid, most lactose intolerant people would tolerate traces of milk, but not more than a tablespoon of milk, or less than a bite of cheese. Food containing dairy products should be avoided. (eg, ice cream, pizza, cheese, yogurt).
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to have become lactose intolerance again?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
No: You either are or not, once you are intolerant you usually do not regain your tolerance, it has to do with having an enzyme for digesting milk.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

Okay so i just became lactose intolerance like 2 months ago, is that possible just to become lactose just like that?

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Dr. Jordan Rush
Gastroenterology 13 years experience
Yes: Yes it is possible to develop lactose intolerance at any time.

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