Do you suspect your child is lactose intolerant?
Try eliminating lactose-containing products (like milk, cheese and ice cream) for two weeks and see if symptoms improve. If it turns out that lactose is the likely culprit, there are lots of lactose-free products available you can substitute into your child’s diet. Look for lactose-free milk (Lactaid milk for example), or you can try a lactase enzyme supplement.
Is lactose intolerance basically a food allergy?
No. There are people who are allergic to milk and dairy foods, but the symptoms of a dairy allergy are often different from those of lactose intolerance. In the case of an allergy, the body reacts to the protein in milk, rather than to the sugar. Plus, allergies involve the body's infection-fighting system, called the immune system. Lactose intolerance does not.