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Lactose free meals for my youngest child

Ok We are new to having to watch dairy in our family because as of the end of last school year we found out my almost 5 yr. old is lactose intolerant and the rest of aren't we are trying the lactaid tablets as told by a few friends and his doctor but we are having a hard time finding lactose free cheese for him being as we all love cheese and or foods with dairy any suggestions for meals or where to buy lactose free cheese???
In Topics: Nutrition
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mheyman
Nov 28, 2013
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Lactose intolerance is uncommon (but can appear) in 5 year olds.
Lactose intolerant children may tolerate small amounts of lactose but not larger amounts, so for example a child may tolerate a yogurt but not a glass of milk, or one but not two glasses of milk in a day.  It may be important to determine tolerance since milk is an important source of dietary nutrients -- especially vitamin D and calcium.  Lactaid milk (where the lactose is 'digested' - i.e., broken down) is available, also as whole milk or low or non fat milk, and is a good substitute, although it is more expensive compared with regular milk.
While you may have trouble finding lactose-free cheese, which is also more expensive, you can try hard cheeses that have lower lactose content compared with soft cheese.
Finally you can use substitute milks (e.g., rice, almond) and other foods to provide these nutrients.
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