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How to confirm a diary intolerance

Hello Leanne
We have had to take our son off dairy as he seems to have an intolerance to it. It`s been nearly two weeks and he is a new child. Can you suggest any other foods that he can have to keep his calcium levels up? We hope to gradually give him dairy to see if it confirms he does have a intolerance.
He is 13mths.

Answer: Hi Sarah, Yes it is so common these days, cows` milk protein allergies and also lactose intolerance. That’s fantastic that he has improved since you found out the issue. There are two bits of info below, one on the levels of lactose in foods and the other calcium-rich foods and links that might be useful resources. Some facts on lactose intolerance Remember, now we are talking about an intolerance not an allergy. Depending on the severity of the intolerance, many people can eat some dairy. Yoghurt is naturally low in lactose as the bacteria partially digests the milk sugar. Also, as you can see from Figure 1, some cheeses are low in lactose which is one reason why cheese can be introduced to baby’s diet before regular milk. Many children from three years on are able to consume small amounts of foods they have reacted to as infants. Again seek professional advice about challenging with reactive foods. Figure 1 Lactose and calcium content of selected dairy foods FOOD SERVE LACTOSE (gms) CALCIUM (mg) MILK – regular 1 cup/250 ml 12 285 MILK – reduced fat 1 cup/250 ml 13 340 YOGHURT – regular 200 gm 9 340 YOGHURT – low fat 200 gm 12 420 CHEESE – cheddar 30 gm 0.02 260 CHEESE – creamed cottage 30 gm 0.1 22 BUTTER 1 tsp 0.03 1 ICE CREAM 2 scoops /50 gm 3 55 Source: http://www.gastro.net.au/diets/lactose.html Calcium foods (4 servings)
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • ½ cup of calcium-added milk
  • ½ cup of yoghurt -30-40g of hard cheese
  • 40g canned salmon mashed with bones (is half a serve)
  • 30g sardines mashed with bones (half serve)
  • 2/3rd of a cup of broccoli (half serve)
A brief list of calcium-containing foods includes: Tempeh, dried pineapple, calcium fortified drinks such as soy, rice, almond etc (don’t offer as drinks until 12 months rather use in foods i.e. with cereal), ground sunflower seeds (check for any allergy), dried apricots, miso, canned fish with bones (mashed up), oatmeal, kidney beans (may be in a month or so), broccoli. This may be a useful doc as it gives how many serves you need to get a certain amount of calcium - http://healthybones.com.au/threeserves.pdf. So I hope that gives you some guidance, fingers crossed that all is clear. All the best Leanne
Answered: 01 Nov 2007