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Milk can mess with kids, too

Children often have sensitivities to food, including dairy. As with adults, there can be different causes – including a milk allergy or lactose intolerance. Here are some signs you should look for if you’re wondering whether or not a child is sensitive to dairy. Lactose intolerance in children can be easier to recognize if you are aware of the symptoms: 

  • Excess burping
  • Excess gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain

Children’s Reaction to Dairy
Note your child’s reactions

Remove and re-introduce dairy to your child’s diet and record the results. Can he or she tolerate a little bit, but not a lot? How much is too much? Experiment with dairy products that are lower in lactose; for instance, hard cheeses have less lactose than soft cheeses. 

See how much lactose is in common foods »

Mention it to your pediatrician

A healthcare professional can help you find out what might be causing your child’s lactose intolerance symptoms. On your next visit to the pediatrician, discuss whether your child might be lactose intolerant.

Children’s Growing Bones
Remember that kids have growing bones

Milk is packed with important nutrients, like calcium, that help kids thrive as they grow. If your child is lactose intolerant, you can still provide them with the delicious dairy treats they love, and the vitamins and minerals they need for strong bones.  

Learn more about diets for lactose intolerance »

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