Do your children have frequent digestive issues, or other allergy symptoms, such as rashes, a stuffy or runny nose? Have you ever asked yourself whether these symptoms are related to lactose intolerance or cow’s milk allergy? (Post may contain affiliate links).
These symptoms may indeed be related to a lactose intolerance or cow’s milk allergy.
One basic difference between a food intolerance and allergy is that the immune system doesn’t kick in with an intolerance. For example, lactose intolerance is the result of a lack of the enzyme “lactase.” Lactase helps your body digest the milk sugar “lactose.” This is why some people can tolerate small amounts of dairy products without problems. Lactose intolerance is not a true allergy.
A cow’s milk allergy, on the other hand, is the result of an immune system reaction to one of the two proteins in cow’s milk.
When a person has a true allergy to milk or other dairy products, they can’t eat or drink them AT ALL.
Because both types of intolerance can cause digestive upset, including diarrhea, cramping, nausea and vomiting, it can be difficult to tell the cause. Lactose intolerance is one of the most common intolerance. It is also the cause of much confusion.
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