Child Development / / April 04, 2016
Lactase deficiency (lactose intolerance)
Some babies do not able to absorb a component of mother's milk.Their body is deficient lactase - the enzyme responsible for breaking down milk sugar.But you can rectify the situation.
your milk - energy drink.And all thanks to the increased content of milk sugar - lactose.It helps the absorption of iron and calcium, supports the normal intestinal microflora.Lactase cleaved in the body into two components, glucose and galactose.This process provides lactase - an enzyme that is produced in the gut.
For some kids it is absent (then diagnosed with "alaktaziya") or released in a small amount (in this case, doctors say about hypolactasia).So, useful carbohydrates are not digestible.
But take the baby from the breast - an extreme measure.The pediatrician prescribe the medicine the child.And if the newborn is fed with a mixture of an adapted specialist will tell you what will suit your child best.
reasons lactase deficiency
Lactase deficiency or lactose intolerance occurs for several reasons.
- Such a condition occurs in children born prematurely.For the first time it begins to produce lactase in the intestine in the 24th week of fetal development, and every month the process is becoming more intense.In infants who were born prematurely, the production of this enzyme in the body does not gain traction.It is necessary to wait a little longer - and everything returns to normal.
- Some children is congenital lactase deficiency (which is inherited from parents).It leads to her and fail at the genetic level.In this case, to facilitate the child's condition doctors succeed, but to cure it completely impossible.
- Violation produce lactase can be purchased - it occurs against the backdrop of the disease.Try to how to eliminate the cause as soon as possible, which has led to the problem, and lactase will be produced in sufficient quantities.
symptoms of lactase deficiency
Whatever it was caused by this disease, its manifestations are usually the same.
Indigestion. chair in the child a liquid, foam.With a sour smell.Baby more than usual "in the large walk" (experts call it fermentation diarrhea).
weight loss. kid does not get better or even lose weight?This disturbing symptom requires immediate intervention.
Increased intestinal colic. baby begins to cry immediately after eating (when milk sugar enters the body), and a long time can not calm down.It does not help and proven tools.
One of the easiest ways to detect the problem - to make the analysis of feces and to determine the amount of carbohydrates in it.In infants, it should not exceed 0.25 g%.
Lactase deficiency and breastfeeding
If you are breastfeeding, continue to do so!Just consult your pediatrician as to relieve the baby from diarrhea and abdominal pain.
specialist may prescribe a drug containing lactase (after all it is not enough in the body of the child).While eating the baby receives and useful nutritional lactose and the enzyme lactase, which breaks down it (only it is necessary to feed with a spoon, so that the child did not give up the breast).
Another option - to mixed feeding.One breastfeeding is replaced by a mixture of low-lactose.Abandon it can be when the baby will be the symptoms of lactase deficiency.
Lure with lactose intolerance
child with lactose intolerance menus need to be very careful.
- Do not buy ready-made milk porridge.Make them at home or on the low lactose free mixture.
- See what structure in the products that you give your child.They should not be serum, casein gidrolaktozy.
- Enter longer of dairy products in the diet of baby.It will establish digestion and provide him good health.
Kid drinks milk from a bottle?In this case, he should choose a special meal.
- According to the results of analyzes dietitian will recommend an adapted mixture of low-lactose.
- Giving food the child, where this element is excluded completely, can only be for a while (the expert will tell you exactly how much).
Milk sugar performs a very important function, and without it the body can not do.Therefore, as soon as the baby will improve digestion, it is useful to drink milk with a low content of carbohydrate.
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