Dumex Mamil Gold: 4 Signs Your Child Might Be Lactose Intolerant
Many adults love milk with our cereal or in our smoothies and consider ice cream the perfect treat on a hot summer’s day or as a reward. For children, milk is part of a healthy, regular diet and ice cream is one snack that can never be turned down.
However, if you begin to notice that your child makes a beeline for the bathroom or complains of a stomach ache after a glass of milk or a cup of ice cream, chances are, they are lactose intolerant.
What is lactose intolerance, and what causes it?
When the small intestine doesn’t make enough of a certain digestive enzyme called lactase, this condition is known as lactose intolerance. The body is unable to digest and breakdown any lactose due to this. To put it simply, lactose is made up of two simple sugar molecules, which are glucose and galactose. The enzyme lactase, which is found in the small intestine lining, is responsible for breaking lactose down into these two molecules.
However, for children (and even some adults) who are lactose intolerant, this does not happen as the body does not produce sufficient amounts of lactase to digest the lactose. As a result, the lactose moves to the large intestine where it is fermented by the gut bacteria. The fermentation process produces carbon dioxide and hydrogen and other byproducts that cause stomach discomfort, flatulence and loose stools. (1)
Lactose is commonly found in food that many children love. These, as mentioned, include milk, ice cream, cheese, baked goods, sauces, candy and other food that you might not even suspect (2).
What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance?
It would be helpful to keep an eye on your child to see if any of these symptoms manifest after consuming any dairy products or food that contain lactose:
• Abdominal pain, cramping and bloating
• Nausea, feeling the need to vomit
• Loose stools with gas
• Watery diarrhea with gas
The more lactose your child consumes, the more prominent the symptoms experienced are.
As a side note, parents are often confused as to whether their child is experiencing lactose intolerance or cow’s milk protein allergy. These two conditions share similar symptoms, but they are two completely different things. While cow’s milk protein allergy is an immune system reaction that appears during a child’s early years, lactose intolerance is a non-threatening digestive issue that can be managed (3).
The best way to deduce as to whether your child is lactose intolerant is by observing their symptoms. Alternatively, you could reach out to your doctor to request for a blood test as well as a hydrogen breath test to evaluate whether your child is lactose intolerant.
Disclaimer: Do consult with a professional or a pediatrician if you are unsure, or if you would like to gain more in-depth knowledge of lactose intolerance. Following that, he or she will be able to advise you on the next steps.
Dumex Mamil Gold: Your companion for your child who needs soy-based formula
Aside from making dietary changes, you can bet that Dumex is in tune and has your back. By introducing Dumex Mamil Gold Soy, a formula milk for children who prefer a diet without lactose and cow’s milk free.
Soy-based formulas are made from soy protein isolate. This means that it does not contain the same type of sugar that is found in milk and dairy products, which as we know, trigger lactose intolerance. (4).
As Dumex is committed to mothers and children and wants nothing but the best of formulas and comfort for them, this special formula is created for children who preferred a diet without lactose and cow’s milk free.
Catered to children who are above 1 year old, the Dumex Mamil Gold Soy contains soy protein isolate, a higher amount of DHA of 53mg per 100g of powder and a higher soy calcium amount as compared to other leading formula brands in Singapore.*
All in all, Dumex Mamil Gold Soy is your go-to solution for you and your child if you prefer a diet without lactose or cow’s milk protein. This way, both you and your child need not worry about experiencing any uncomfortable symptoms!
Start your child’s lactose-free journey with Dumex Mamil Gold. Visit https://www.dumex.com.sg/products for more information and free samples now.
1. Mattar, R., et al. (2012). Lactose intolerance: diagnosis, genetic and clinical factors. University of São Paulo School of Medicine. Retrieved 21 May 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3401057/
2. My Food Data. (2020). Top 10 Foods Highest In Lactose. Retrieved 21 May 2020, from https://www.myfooddata.com/articles/high-lactose-foods.php
3. Bhatia, J., et al. (2008). Use of Soy Protein-Based Formulas in Infant Feeding. The American Academy Of Pediatrics. Retrieved 21 May 2020, from https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/121/5/1062
* Information is accurate as of 20/4/2020 based on comparison of soy milk formulas between leading brands.
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