Here’s how to spot the signs of lactose intolerance – and what to do about it!
Feeding time is one of the most crucial points of the day for the little ones, but what if your baby’s feed isn’t going down well? If your bub has been crying a great deal and isn’t putting on weight, you may be dealing with signs of lactose intolerance. Yes, all that crying isn’t just your baby being fussy! Here are more possible symptoms of lactose intolerance that all parents should know.
Wind and swelling in the tummy
Do you hear a hollow sound when you pat your baby’s tummy? Or, do you notice bloating and swelling? Lactose intolerance is the result of your little one being unable to fully digest dairy products. This causes digestive discomfort such as a build up of wind in the tummy, resulting in swelling or pain.
Runny poop and diaper rash
Another effect of improper digestion is diarrhoea or acidic poop – the latter can cause a tender, red diaper rash on your little one’s bottom. That said, these symptoms may sometimes appear even in a healthy infant. But, they may be signs of lactose intolerance if they happen on the reg.
Not gaining weight
With the inability to break down milk properly, you’d expect to see a lack of weight gain in your baby. There are many possible factors behind a failure to put on some kilos, but an often overlooked one is lactose intolerance. So if you’ve been struggling to pinpoint the issue behind your infant’s worryingly low number on the scale, this might be why.
Crankiness and frequent crying
When is your little one’s crankiness not just general fussiness but a sign of lactose intolerance? Well, when it happens with the other possible symptoms above! Taken together, having a number of these signs may be a reason to take your baby to the doctor’s for a diagnosis.
Try this for at-home relief
If you’ve established that your bub has some degree of lactose intolerance, we’ve found a possible solution. An inability to digest dairy is caused by a lack of lactase enzymes, so we found a natural way to add these essential enzymes back into your baby’s diet. Enter: Colief Infant Drops. This product is completely natural and suitable for use from birth (even for preemies!).
Use it with breastmilk or formula milk and the drops to break down lactose into simpler sugars, making it easier for your little one to digest. Aside from having a clinically proven formula, Colief is an established brand in the UK that’s trusted by parents for two decades!
Colief Infant Drops, available online and at selected paediatric clinics. Other Colief products are also available at selected Watsons stores, Lazada, Shopee, Qoo10 and Pupsik.