Saturday, March 8, 2014

Is GirlyGirl Lactose Intolerant?

As I have discussed in previous posts ("My Tummy Hurts" and Going Dairy Free for GirlyGirl), GirlyGirl has struggled with tummy aches for as long as she's been alive.  Last fall we took her off milk to see if that was the culprit.  Her symptoms resolved and she was no longer taking any medications.

Ever since removing milk from her diet, she has begged to add it back in.  She just loves milk and cheese so much!  A few weeks ago I agreed to start gradually adding in a few items that contain milk, but not milk itself.  Within just 3 weeks of adding in only handful of items containing milk, her symptoms returned.  Without getting into too much detail, her tummy was aching again, and she was having some potty issues.

So I need to face facts that milk is a problem in her diet.  She doesn't have any allergic symptoms to milk.  From what I've read and heard from others, it sounds more like a lactose intolerance.  The good things is that this is not life-threatening.  But it does cause her discomfort and embarrassment.  So back to avoiding milk we go.

Since she does have a peanut allergy, we typically provide most of her food.  So this won't change much for us.  I will continue to pack her school lunch, bring cupcakes to birthday parties, and sack meals to restaurants.

I don't know much about lactose intolerance, so I have a new topic to research.  As I learn more about it, I will be happy to share information with you.  I also welcome any information you have to share.

I am so grateful for my food allergy community for the support and information we share.  We can learn and grow so much from interacting with each other.  This blog continues to be a great outlet for me as I continue to deal with food allergies and sensitivities on a daily basis.


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