Feeding milk to your baby seems so normal and natural that it can be very puzzling when babies reject it or it causes health problems. That is why we are sharing some expert advice to help you determine if your baby is lactose intolerant or allergic to milk.
There are some clear signs that will reveal if your baby is having trouble processing lactose. The first thing to do is to stop feeding her milk until you visit the pediatrician, who will be able to recommend alternatives based on your baby’s condition. It’s important to note the difference between lactose intolerance and allergy to milk; below, you will be able to see the most common reactions to help you identify whether your baby is allergic or intolerant:
Your baby might be allergic if...
She presents any of the following signs:
- Copious and frequent spit ups.
- Abdominal pain.
- Difficulty gaining weight.
- Watery eyes and stuffy nose.
Your baby might be lactose intolerant if...
She presents any of the following symptoms:
- Swollen belly.
- Colic symptoms like irritability, excessive and continuous crying.
¿What is the proper treatment?
There are many ways to help babies who are allergic to milk or lactose intolerant, but the first step is to take your baby to the pediatrician to get a proper diagnosis. Some solutions include changing your baby’s formula to a hydrolyzed formula that breaks down cow’s milk protein into small particles that are more easily digestible. If you’re breastfeeding, another option is to limit your intake of dairy products so your baby won’t be affected by those proteins that may cause him allergies or intolerance.
Ricitos de Oro, as natural as your love for your baby!