Lactose intolerant? Yeah right! We’ve all heard people dismiss this diagnosis. We are wrapping them up in cotton wool. There was none of that in their day. Don’t they make some funny things up these days? What rubbish! A lactose intolerant baby is no fun, for them or for us.
Lactose intolerance occurs when an individual is unable to digest the lactose found in their diet. These individuals simply do not have enough of the enzyme lactase, to sufficiently break down the lactose in their gut. There are many symptoms associated with this type of intolerance including: vomiting, diarrhea, bloating and cramping in the stomach.
Since the day Little E was born she has always done explosive poos. This was normal for a while, that’s what babies do isn’t it? A nappy change would consist of a whole outfit change, numerous times a day. There would be unsettledness after feeds, and sleep at night? Ha, think again! How were we to know our perfect little monkey would get worse and not better?
At five months old things went from bad to worse for Little E. She began pooing up to twelve times a day. We had to battle nappy rash and she was constantly unsettled. Enough was enough, after visiting our GP Little E was prescribed Aptamil Lactose Free Formula.
After less than twenty four hours she was a different baby. The constant unsettledness seemed to ease and she turned back into a quiet, smiley baby. The pooing steadied down to a healthy twice a day and as a result the nappy rash started to fade. Baby J never had any nappy rash to speak of, this made it even more of a horrid experience for us.
We are keeping everything we have crossed, in the hope that Little E will continue to thrive on her new milk. It is nice to finally feel like she is making progress as the weeks go on. Up until now it has felt like we have been taking two steps forward and ten steps back.
The moral of this story? If your unsure, go and get your little ones checked. Lactose intolerance is real and by making a few very subtle changes, you and baby can feel so much better!
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