Lactose Intolerance or Cow’s Milk Allergy?
How to Tell the Difference.
Do your children have frequent digestive issues, or other allergy symptoms, such as rashes, a stuffy or runny nose?
These symptoms may be related to a lactose intolerance or cow’s milk allergy.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between a food allergy and intolerance. This is because many symptoms overlap.
Lactose intolerance is the result of a lack of the enzyme “lactase.” Lactase helps your body digest the milk sugar “lactose.”
A cow’s milk allergy is the result of an immune system reaction to one of the two proteins in cow’s milk.
Both types of intolerances can cause digestive upset, including diarrhea, cramping, nausea and vomiting.
This is the first of a series of booklets on how to tell the difference between food intolerances and allergies, and what to do about it.