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how long will it take for my 8 year olds stomach to feel better after eliminating dairy?

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Dr. Kenneth Mirkin
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Soon: If he is lactose intolerant, it should improve quickly. Read labels, there is lactose in alot of foods.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on transit: The duration of symptoms triggered by lactose on the intolerant gut is time targeted & related to the time it takes for a given lactose exposure to transit the length of the intestine. In most this will be < 4 days (2 to transit the small bowel). So 4 days after starting the lactose free experience you should see some improvement (if that is the issue).If no better after a week, re-evaluate.

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Last updated Nov 8, 2015

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