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Lactose intolerance or milk protein allergy???

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Fightingbeing40 Fri 09-Feb-18 22:50:36

I have an 8 yr old who has had cramping/diahorrea/vomiting/sweating mainly at nights intermittently over the last 2 years. Attended paediatric consultant with him over a year ago due to this and he was tested for coeliac(which was negative) and we were subsequently discharged as the symptoms had settled at that time. A few months later they returned and we eventually worked out that milk was predominantly causing his issues and switched to lactose free and he has been totally free from all the symptoms he was having daily, although has vomited when I inadvertently gave him hot chocolate made with water which had dried milk in😬.
I have taken him back to Gp as I feel it’s important that we get a definite diagnosis but I feel a bit fobbed off as he thinks milk protein allergy and has referred us to a dietician.
Any thoughts? I would have thought that a milk allergy would have presented before age 6 and I’m not sure a dietician will be a good help unless we know what his allergy is.
Apologies for the long post, anyone have experience?

Ickyockycocky Fri 09-Feb-18 22:57:39

He appears to have a lactose problem, which means he’s not producing any or sufficient lactase enzyme.

He just needs to stick to lactose free dairy. He doesn’t need a diagnosis, as you appear to know what the problem is. It’s fairly common and not serious.

Twinkletoes2018 Fri 09-Feb-18 23:02:35

My daughter has cows milk protein allergy but has had it since birth we are just about to start the milk ladder. I would expect that a dietician would say to go dairy free and then after a period- a year for us to allow the gut to recover you can try reintroduction. I do believe that you can become dairy intolerant at any age even as an adult I'm not sure what the trigger is for it occurring late on though maybe something simple like a stomach bug changing the gut sensitivity I'm not certain on that tho just my theory

Fightingbeing40 Fri 09-Feb-18 23:13:31

Thanks I was pretty sure it was lactose too, but I suppose a definite diagnosis would have left no room for eye-rolling type responses at school/after school when I put it on forms but it hadn’t been officially ‘tested’ for, although he is old enough to recognise and refuse normal milk.
Dietician will certainly be helpful anyway as he doesn’t eat cheese/yogurt and probably needs some supplements .

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