Lactose intolerance is a term that is being heard more and more in pediatric offices, and mothers suffer when they try to feed their children without knowing the causes and ways to cope.
The enzyme lactase is what allows lactose to be absorbed and metabolized in the body.
When it is not present for genetic reasons or its levels are very low, it produces an intolerance of the body to all dairy products and their derivatives. The body reacts to them and the discomfort and consequences of not identifying and treating it can range from moderate to severe.
Some of the symptoms with which you can identify the possibility of this intolerance are:
- Stomach cramps
- Abdominal distension
- Very bad smelling stools
- Poor absorption of food.
The latter, the malabsorption of food in the small intestine, is the most dangerous of all, as it can lead to malnutrition, delayed growth in children, or weight loss.
Lactose is present in much more than milk, they are present in butters, cheeses, serums, ice creams, creams and other products, so quickly identifying the signs should lead you to a gastroenterologist immediately. There are other deficiencies such as gluten intolerance, which are frequently confused with lactose intolerance, so only a doctor with the appropriate tests is the one who should diagnose the intolerance.
Still, once identified, lactose intolerance is not a heavy cross on your shoulders. Today, with a correct diet avoiding foods that contain lactose and full of fruits, meats, vegetables and vegetables you can achieve a balance. Even in pharmacies you can get supplements of the lactase enzyme, which you can safely ingest before eating out, and thus temporarily supply the lack of it.
It is vital that you visit a doctor if you suffer from a food intolerance every time you eat. A gastroenterologist can differentiate between a simple poisoning, lactose malabsorption problems, Celiac Disease even more extreme cases like Crohn's disease. Only a specialist can give proper diagnosis and treatment.