Possible Lactose and Tolerant 1 Year Old...

Updated on February 27, 2009
B.O. asks from Goldsboro, NC
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Ok so my daughter will be 1 on Sunday and I had started to wean her off the bottle to a cup, but then she got sick last week and only wanted the bottle I ended up sticking with only formula becuase I thought the milk may be cause an upset stomach since she is on lactose free milk formula. So now my question is I am going to see family at the end of March and would like her off the bottle. What is the best method and has anyone had a child that has been lactose and tolerant and what did you feed them and how did you wean your children. Is cold turkey best or should i do it slowly. Also with flying has anyone flown with a lactose and tolerant child and what did you do for milk through security. sorry this is a little wordy, but basically and tips on easy weaning and on and how to tell if your child is lactose and tolerant or not. help help... Thanks

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answers from Portland on

My daughter still has a bottle at nap and bedtime and she is 17m. I don't see any reason to stop the bottle yet since if I was still breastfeeding at this age no one would say a word. It's a comfort to her and I don't see why I should take it away. If she were carrying her bottle everywhere and demanding it all the time it would be a different story, but we just use it for quiet time just like someone BF would. Anyway, as for the lactose intolerance I would suggest trying goats milk. My daughter had a hard time with straight cows milk so we started her on goats milk (available at Fred Meyer, Trader Joes and New Seasons). It worked great, and now she is older we are mixing it with regular cows milk and should have her on regular milk this week.

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answers from Seattle on

Talk to your daughter's pediatrician about her being lactose intolerant. There are solutions, but it's best to not self diagnose.

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answers from Portland on

We weaned our son off of the bottle gradually. I feel that cold turkey is difficult for everyone not just children.

I would try Vanilla enriched soy milk called Soy Dream or the rice milk called Rice Dream. Winco carries both as well as Whole Foods and New Season's.

All of us in our home has dairy intolerence and we have found that Goat yogurt and goat cheese have been just fine. Thank goodness because I LOVE cheese and yogurt. I get the goat products at New Season's.

When you take any food or liquid product on board, call the airlines ahead to see what is allowed. Also, I have found that if the container is brand new and sealed the security is fine. Make sure if you are able to take something like liquid on board that you put the container in a big ziploc bag to prevent leakage if you open it on the plane.

Good luck.



answers from Richland on

My 3 year old son is allergic to dairy and we just flew from Seattle to San Diego in October. I just took his carton of milk with me through security and a few cups already made up. The only thing they asked was how long of a flight and layovers we had because they will attempt to determine how much you can take through based on that. I was even able to take bottled water through for my infant incase I had to make formula! They are a little more laxed when you are traveling with kids.
Your other Q..I am into cold turkey. I did that with my first and it worked. He was very tough to do change with and I just had to go for it or it would have been bad. It only took one nap time to make it through! Good Luck!



answers from Seattle on

If I were you I wouldn't worry that your child may be lactose intolerant yet. Switching to whole milk can be hard on their systems. With both of my little kids I took a month to switch them from formula to whole milk. I started the first week by making each of their 8 oz. bottles with 6 oz. of formula and 2 oz. of whole milk. Each week I increased the whole milk part by 2 oz. while decreasing the formula. Using this method I had no problem switching my kids to warm whole milk. My daughter is 18 mo. and has just started taking her milk cups cold. I'd just put her cup in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to warm up the milk some.

As for switching from bottles to cups. That takes some practice for little guys and some cups are easier to drink out of than others. My little girl wanted sippy cups because she always saw her brother with one and wanted what he had, that doesn't mean she always got stuff out of it though. So, I would suggest getting your child used to the milk first and then maybe try switching to sippy cups.

Ok, I hope that helps!


answers from Portland on

Since your little one is on lactose free milk formula I suggest you buy Lactaid or another brand of lactose free milk from your grocery store. Both my daughter and grandson drink Lactaid or any brand lactose free milk. Their symptoms included cold symptoms, ear infections, circles under the eyes, stomach problems, diarrhea or constipation. These can all be good indicators for lactose intolerance.

Have you seen the trainer cups with the interchangeable sippy/bottle nipple? Good investment to start training.

Good Luck!



answers from Seattle on

My friend's son (a toddler) is lactose intolerant, but she found that he is not allergic to *raw* dairy. You can find Certified Raw Dairy farmers -- which have their milk tested regularly (important!) -- in many areas.

We on the eastside of Seattle. If you want the info, I would be happy to get it for you.



answers from Bellingham on

anyone that has been off milk products for a while is going to have a hard time going back onto milk. So do it very slowly if you are going to. Both of my children were lactose intolerant, not surprising because I am allergic to milk, not just lactose intolerant. I didn't know this until recently when I got allergy tested. But when both my children developed colic, which is just intolerance to dairy, I went off dairy completely because I was breast feeding. It solved their colic problems, and about 6 months later I slowly started putting dairy back into my diet. But I found that I never could ingest large amounts of milk, like a milk shake, without it giving me a stomach ache. When I was pregnant with my second child I developed gestational diabetes, which I found later was because I am actually allergic to wheat and dairy. and this caused me to develop type 1 diabetes even after I delivered because when you eat something you are allergic to, it attacks your pancreatic cells first. So the short of that long story is if you are going to reintroduce milk to them, do it slowly and carefully, just a tiny bit at a time, no more than a few tablespoons at a time. As for soy milk, be very careful with that too. Soy is the largest genetically modified crop so unless they drink organic soy milk, it is most likely GM, which carries a whole bunch of problems by itself. And on top of that, soy is high in estrogen, so not good to feed to our children very often, and yes, this also includes the beans. Rice milk, coconut milk (preservative free) and almond milk are better alternatives.

As for traveling, they will let you take it with you as long as it is for the baby. Call airlines ahead of time and find out individual restrictions.

Weaning from the bottle or from anything depends on the child. I would follow your instincts and see what works best for you. I slowly started introducing the cup and when they were used to it, just kept using it and made the bottles disappear. Once in a while for a crisis I would get it out, but mostly just offered the cup. I don't like to use plastic so I for the most part skipped those plastic sippy cups and went right to a small glass, shot glasses work well. Plastic baby bottles, sippy cups or anything plastic releases PBC's into their contents, so I found glass baby bottles on ebay. Good health to you :)



answers from Seattle on

My son was extremely sensative to milk. For the first year while I was nursing, I couldn't even consume any dairy or he would get sick. At his pediatrician's advice, when he was one year old I slowly added it back into his diet. At first he had pretty bad gas. I would give him Mylicon and that seemed to help. After a few weeks he was just fine, and now at 16 months he can eat all diary products.

You might want to check with her pediatrician to see what he/she suggests for reintroducing dairy to her diet.

Good luck!



answers from Seattle on

Complete weaning from the bottle by 1 yr is pretty fast. No, you shouldn't go cold turkey. When you set her up to eat her meals in the high chair, give her the sippy cup with her beverage in it to accompany her meal. Bottles are still going to be the norm before she goes down for a nap or night time. As her solid foods become a larger part of her diet and she's drinking more from the cup at those meal times, she want the bottle less and less. It's a transition. Often formula powder comes in single serving tubes or tubs. Take an empty bottle with you and the flight attendants will gladly fill in with warm water that you can mix the powder with. You'll want to have a bottle ready for her on the plane as the air pressure changes are terrible for little kids. That and a pacifier if she uses one. The change in pressure can wake a baby/toddler up from a sound sleep, so it's very important to have this. And your family isn't going to think less of you if your daughter is still taking a bottle when she goes to bed/nap. They will appreciate the quiet and calm that she has. Lactose intolerance will make it harder to find beverages that she will be able to consume in social settings, as you'll always be bringing her own and there will be the occassional mis-serving of a dairy product. Ice cream and yougurts will be a challenge.
Enjoy your trip and take your time with the transition to the cup full time. It takes time.



answers from Portland on

Erin L, thank you for your brief post. I was starting to think that I was in my small circle alone. Who else is crazy enough to drive out to a farm to get milk straight from the udder?
Only the few of us that have discovered that our little ones cannot tolerate milk BUT that if it is left untreated, as nature intended, then all the components, enzymes, bacteria are all complete, and without the overkill intervetion of man paranoid of sickness, we can enjoy dairy without its side effects and allergies.
I would love that raw milk be better explained to the public.
In my family colic and diaper rash disappeared and my som who appeared to be dairy intolerant, was able to enjoy real milk without any symptoms at all. I want people to know about this and I want real farms to flourish.
Contact me if you are interested



answers from Portland on

If she has been on lactose free formula all this time, then introducing lactose in high amounts are sure to give her a tummy ache. It shouldn't last more than a few hours though. You need to wean her by adding small amounts of regular milk to her formula and gradually increase the amount until it is all milk. You can also introduce lactose by giving her cheese and see how she responds to that. If she is lactose intolerant, there are lactose free milks as well as soy. Ideally, she should be getting all of her nutrients now through food... 3 meals a day and 2-3 snacks. Drinking is now just for hydration. Which means that the bottle should go to except for maybe the before bed bottle... call it her snack. If she is still not eating enough solid food to ditch the bottles, then consider toddler formula.

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