Lactose Intolerance In Children and Adolescents

October 2006
Child Health Alert;Oct2006, Vol. 24, p3
The article discusses lactose intolerance in children and adolescents. Lactose, found in dairy products, is normally digested by the enzyme lactase, and that enzyme is found in the intestine. The lactase enzyme is necessary, of course, for babies to absorb milk, which is critical to their diet and health. It notes that lactose intolerance is a common cause of abdominal pain in older children and teenagers, but it is uncommon for it to affect children less than 2-3 years of age.


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