How to Identify if a Baby Is Lactose Intolerant


If after every feeding, your infant seems to writhe in pain, experience excessive gas or become inconsolable, an issue with indigestion may exist due to lactose intolerance. While it is rare for infants to experience lactose intolerance, it is possible according to MayoClinic, especially when babies reach the age when solid foods are introduced into their diets. To ensure proper diagnosis, it's important to become educated, track symptoms and visit your trusted pediatrician.

Things You'll Need

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Read up on the topic of lactose intolerance from reputable sources, either online or at your local library, in an effort to have a clear picture of symptoms, treatment and management of this condition. A clear understanding will help you make educated and informed decisions about your infant's health, and be better prepared for a discussion with her pediatrician.

  • Observe your infant after feeding. Symptoms of intolerance will typically occur between 30 minutes to two hours after eating, according to Babycenter. If she experiences pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea or vomiting during this time period, it's likely due to an issue with something she ate. Babies that have yet to move onto solid foods and are still being breastfed may also have a reaction to mom's diet, according to breastfeeding experts on the Kellymom website.

  • Keep a record of symptoms. Write down the time of feeding, what and how much she ate, as well as what she experienced afterwards. If you are still breastfeeding, also track your dietary habits. Documented information will best prepare you for an important conversation with her medical practitioner.

  • Schedule an appointment with her pediatrician. As with any medical issue, it's extremely important to share what you have noticed with a doctor. Refer to your list of observed symptoms, explain your concerns and ask questions. Making informed decisions about her health will be a collaborative effort to determine the cause of the issue and to best relieve symptoms.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always contact your pediatrician with any of your baby's health-related concerns.


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