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Does lactose free milk cause constipation in infants?My daugther is 1 yr and she started lactaid whole milk, could this be making her constipated?

Does lactose free milk cause constipation in infants?My daugther is 1 yr and she started lactaid whole milk, could this be making her constipated?

Not likely: If the only thing that's changed is the addition of lactaid milk it's a possibilty. It depends on what else baby is eating and was eating before the switch. Breast fed babies usually have soft, frequent stools, so if you just switched from breast, i'd expect stools to be firmer. Make sure she's getting 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day and the constipation should resolve. ...Read more

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Lactose (Definition)

Found in milk. Lactose is a large sugar molecule that is made up of two smaller sugar molecules, glucose and galactose. In order for lactose to be absorbed from the intestine and into the body, it must first be split into glucose and galactose. The glucose and galactose are then absorbed by the cells lining the small intestine. The enzyme that splits lactose into glucose ...Read more


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Whats the best whole milk but has to be lactose free for my 1 yr baby and that doesn't cause constipation? Or all of them cause?

Whats the best whole milk but has to be lactose free for my 1 yr baby and that doesn't cause constipation? Or all of them cause?

Lactaid is one : Brand name, but there are others. 16-21 oz./ day of milk & milk products is recommended. At that amount, constipation usually isn't a problem. A word about sippy cups-they keep the tongue forward in an immature suckling position. Since the same muscles used for drinking & eating are used for speech, an open-mouthed or " commuter" cup that promotes lip closure is preferable. ...Read more

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Had almond milk(lactose free too) cause mucus more for my 3 yrs old son?His doctor said not to take milk, since he is having antibiotic for coughing.Bu

Had almond milk(lactose free too) cause mucus more for my 3 yrs old son?His doctor said not to take milk, since he is having antibiotic for coughing.Bu

Not a problem: I see no reason to change a kids diet while he's on antibiotics.Some antibiotics need to be given at specific times with respect to meals, but i don't stop their milk or milk substitute because of a cough. ...Read more

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Would ingesting milk while lactose intolerant cause harm?

Would ingesting milk while lactose intolerant cause harm?

Discomfort: Lactose intolerant individuals who consume milk may find they develop symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, vomiting, and frothy/bulky stools, . ...Read more

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Is lactose/dairy free coconut milk okay for Crohn's patients?

Is lactose/dairy free coconut milk okay for Crohn's patients?

Yes: Coconut water/milk is lactose free. Sometimes malabsorption is a problem with dairy in Crohn's but if you have no gas, bloating, or diarrhea with coconut milk then you're in the clear. ...Read more

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What will happen if you drink a lactose free milk even though you're not lactose intolerant?

Nothing: Lactose-free milk is just regular cow's milk with lactase-enzyme added to convert lactose sugar molecules to simpler sugars such as glucose and galactose, which can be absorbed without further enzymatic action in the intestine. It will not hurt you in any way to drink lactose-free milk. There is also no particular advantage unless you are lactose-intolerant. ...Read more

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Can i drink lactose free milk like almond milk but im not lactose tolerant is it still fine to drink lactose free milk?

Can i drink lactose free milk like almond milk but im not lactose tolerant is it still fine to drink lactose free milk?

Yes: Whether you have lactose issues or not, you are fine to drink lactose free cow's milk or any other "milk" product like almond milk. ...Read more

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