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Is it necessary to avoid feeding my child dairy after a bout of gastroenteritis?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Other esteemed colleagues answered "yes", but then wrote that you don't need to avoid dairy after gastroenteritis which is what i recommend.
(i think they just hit the wrong button!) yogurt (with "live" or "active" cultures - meaning it can't be frozen because that kills the good stuff) can be especially helpful. So, to be clear, i say "no, you don't need to avoid dairy after gastroenteritis.".

In brief: No

Other esteemed colleagues answered "yes", but then wrote that you don't need to avoid dairy after gastroenteritis which is what i recommend.
(i think they just hit the wrong button!) yogurt (with "live" or "active" cultures - meaning it can't be frozen because that kills the good stuff) can be especially helpful. So, to be clear, i say "no, you don't need to avoid dairy after gastroenteritis.".
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It is not necessary to avoid dairy after a bout of gastroenteritis.
The lining cells of the gut which have been killed by the virus which caused the gastroenteritis have to regrow. In order to regrow, they need good nutrition, which includes dairy foods. Expect a child recovering from gastroenteritis to continue to have diarrhea until the lining cells heal completely.

In brief: Yes

It is not necessary to avoid dairy after a bout of gastroenteritis.
The lining cells of the gut which have been killed by the virus which caused the gastroenteritis have to regrow. In order to regrow, they need good nutrition, which includes dairy foods. Expect a child recovering from gastroenteritis to continue to have diarrhea until the lining cells heal completely.
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
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Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Sense & science disagree.
With diarrhea, cells that digest the sugar in dairy (lactose) get stripped away. Then fluids pass right through undigested, worsening diarrhea. It takes a while for those cells to return. However, studies suggest avoiding dairy doesn't help kids get better faster, but does help adults! yogurt seems ok for both, though, as lactose is already digested by helpful bacteria.

In brief: No

Sense & science disagree.
With diarrhea, cells that digest the sugar in dairy (lactose) get stripped away. Then fluids pass right through undigested, worsening diarrhea. It takes a while for those cells to return. However, studies suggest avoiding dairy doesn't help kids get better faster, but does help adults! yogurt seems ok for both, though, as lactose is already digested by helpful bacteria.
Dr. Cory Annis
Dr. Cory Annis
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