The Milk Talk 2

Not all children can drink milk


In the case of severe milk allergy, symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, itching of the face, mouth and whole body, swelling of the lips and eyes, shortness of breath and respiratory distress appear within minutes even if a small amount is taken. Fortunately, allergic reactions are rarely as severe as this, but in the unlikely event that your child does, you should avoid feeding all foods that contain milk. As a parent of an allergic child, reading food labeling is almost the second job. Most children get rid of allergies as they grow up, but allergies that begin after the age of three tend to last a lifetime.

Lactose intolerance more than allergies


Lactose, one of the sugars contained in milk, is a difficult component to digest. Severe bloating, gas, and abdominal pain due to lactose intolerance are due to milk intake. Even children who are lactose intolerant and cannot drink milk as it is may be okay with products such as yogurt and cheese. You may need to switch to soymilk or soymilk-based formula for a short period of time. If your child is lactose intolerant, talk to your pediatrician about alternative drinks to milk.

Not all kids like milk


If you know your child has no digestive problems and no allergies, but your child doesn't want to drink milk, try chocolate, strawberries, vanilla, or whatever you like. If your child can't or doesn't drink milk, try to give them other foods that contain calcium. Calcium-fortified orange juice, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu, sardines with bones, etc. Calcium supplements may be needed, depending on how much your child can get a source of calcium other than milk.