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A 28-year-old member asked:

is there any cure for lactose intolerance?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Yes: Avoid dairy products. Of all mammals, only humans consume milk in adulthood. The ability to properly absorb lactose decreases over time. Lactaid may be of some benefit but it is best to just avoid dairy if it bothers you.
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Lactose issues: While lactose intolerance may be transient following a GI infection, for many people it is an ongoing issue for which there is no cure. Good news is that it is fairly easy to treat with lactose free milk or acidophilus products. Also, most people are able to identify the threshold for having symptoms and may be able to tolerate small amounts of dairy.
Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Do not eat dairy: There is no "cure" for lactose intolerance as much as it is avoiding dairy products which come in cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, milk, creamers, whey protein, and products that have casein such as processed meat that has to be held together like hot dogs. If you really want to have dairy, you can use lactaid pills but it works if your symptoms are mild.

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

6 doctor answers27 doctors weighed in
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.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can lactose intolerance symptoms always occur between 30 minutes and 2 hours?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
No: The primary symptoms of lactose intolerance are boosting, nausea, gas, loose stools and cramping. These symptoms can persist for hours to days after lactose consumption.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How do physicians test if you have lactose intolerance?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Breath testing: The most common ways to test for lactose intolerance are a trial off lactose or hydrogen breath testing. There is no clear right testing method. I would ask your physician for their help with this.
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).

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