Milkaid has once again worked with registered nutrition consultant, Jenna Hope, this time to offer some nutritional advice for those facing a journey of lactose intolerance with their child. Jenna has a passion for making nutrition smarter and easier to understand for all including your little ones.
Milkaid Junior are a strawberry flavoured, chewable tablet containing lactase enzyme to improve the digestion of lactose and are suitable for children aged three years upwards. To enjoy food containing dairy, your child can take Milkaid Junior Tablets just before consuming any food with lactose. The number of tablets can be adjusted to suit your child’s requirement, but no more than four tablets should be taken with any one meal.
Jenna has compiled a range of articles to help you and your child on their journey and offer advice if your child is lactose intolerant. The articles include ‘Navigating Life With a Lactose Intolerance’, ‘Supporting Your Child Through a Lactose Intolerance’ and a general Q&A to answer any questions you might have.
In addition, Jenna has created a range of tasty and nutritious family-friendly recipes that will appeal to the kids and grown-ups alike and can be enjoyed with a lactose intolerance with Milkaid Junior Tablets which will reduce any of the normal discomfort your child may experience after eating dairy.
Navigating Life with A Child Who Has A Lactose Intolerance
Navigating life with a child who has lactose intolerance doesn’t have to be as daunting as you may think. When mismanaged, lactose intolerance may evoke discomfort, but it is not dangerous…
Supporting Your Child Through A Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down the milk sugar, lactose due to an impairment in the production of the required enzyme, lactase. Whilst a lactose intolerance is uncomfortable it’s not…
Milkaid Junior Tablets Suitable for 3+ Years
How do I know if my child has lactose intolerance?
Your child will exhibit symptoms such as gastrointestinal discomfort, flatulence, bloating, diarrhoea or in some cases nausea and vomiting following the consumption of dairy products or lactose-containing foods. In some cases, these symptoms can be indicative of other gut disorders and therefore it’s best to seek advice from your GP.
How do I get my child tested for lactose intolerance?
Firstly, it’s recommended to seek advice from your GP to rule out any other underlying conditions, your doctor should be able to offer a lactose intolerance test in the form of a hydrogen breath test or an elimination diet. Both tests are non-invasive and are easy to carry out. The hydrogen breath test requires the consumption of a lactose solution and a breath test to measure hydrogen particles in the breath.
Is there a cause for lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is a result of a lack of lactase in the body. Lactase is the enzyme that is required to break down the milk sugar, lactose, into galactose and glucose which are then utilised in the body for energy. There is no such cause of lactose intolerance and whilst some children may experience lactose intolerance for life, others may grow out of it.
What’s the difference between intolerance and an allergy?
An allergy stimulates an IgE mediated immune response and is usually activated within 30 minutes to 2 hours of exposure to the allergen. Allergic responses can vary from mild to severe (e.g. anaphylaxis) and often require a fast intervention such as antihistamine. An intolerance does not involve the immune system and the effects are often milder. Additionally, symptoms of intolerance may take longer to present themselves.
Does lactose intolerance mean my child must avoid dairy entirely?
Absolutely not, dairy is a rich source of many micronutrients such as calcium, iodine, vitamin D and B12. These nutrients play important roles in supporting cognitive development, bone health and energy function. Most children with lactose intolerance will be able to tolerate low lactose foods such as some cheeses, butter and low lactose yoghurt. It’s common to be able to tolerate around one cup of milk too.
Milkaid® Junior Tablets – a strawberry flavoured chewable tablet, are a great way to ensure that your child can still enjoy their favourite lactose-containing foods. Milkaid® Junior provides the enzyme lactase to help break down the milk sugar lactose and therefore limit symptoms of lactose intolerance.
How should I approach my child’s lactose intolerance with other adults?
Leaving your child with another adult can be scary but it’s important to remember that lactose intolerance is not harmful. It’s recommended to mention to the adult in charge that your child doesn’t tolerate dairy well although avoid scaremongering and ensure to reassure them if the child consumes too much dairy by mistake it’s not dangerous. You can also send the child with Milkaid® Junior Tablets to consume before having any dairy food or beverages so everyone involved feels reassured.
How should I approach lactose intolerance with my child?
Of course, you should let your child know that dairy products don’t agree with them but remind them that it’s not dangerous and that they can tolerate a small amount. Highlight that they can always rely on Milkaid® Junior Tablets to support them when they need them. Do be aware of singling the child out or using fearmongering language as this can create stress and anxiety within the child.
How can Milkaid® Junior help?
Milkaid® provides the missing link in lactose intolerance. Milkaid® Junior delivers the lactase to help break down the milk sugar, lactose and therefore helps to limit symptoms. Milkaid® Junior must be taken prior to consuming the lactose-containing food.
What foods are lactose found in?
Lactose is largely found in dairy foods but can also be found in some medicines, supplements and pre-prepared or ultra-processed foods. It’s always worth checking food labels as dairy will be listed as an allergen.