Learning to be Lactose-Free

After a rough 5 weeks of ER visits, severe diarrhea, and dehydration all lead to the diagnosis of lactose intolerance. If you read my last blog, which can be found here, you’ll know that there is no test to diagnose a child as being lactose intolerant. It is all trial and error at this age. What is worst is that they can’t fully explain what is going on, which is heartbreaking. Monkey would only say “butt” and had a sad look on his face. As a mother, this broke my heart, because I knew he was in pain and I had to figure out how to get him feeling better.

Our pediatrician recommended Monkey drink Lactaid milk, which is 100% lactose-free. Lactaid milk is a great source of protein, calcium, and Vitamins A&D. Unfortunately, Lactaid milk is pricey, which is why I went into money saving mode and created an excel spreadsheet that lists the name of the store, the price of Lactaid milk in half-gallon and one gallon, in addition to store brand lactose-free milk. I am also searching the weekly ads to see where I can save some money. Recently Target had Lactaid milk on sale for $2.99 and I went and bought every container they had. The great news is that Lactaid milk has a long shelf life, so it will not go to waste.

Since drinking Lactaid milk, Monkey has had no tummy issues whatsoever. I could not be happier that I finally found the cause to all his issues. Now that we know that lactose was the cause, it was time to do some research on what other foods are lactose-free. You’d be surprised that there are many snacks and other dairy free options available at your local grocery store.

Monkey loves to eat cheese. What toddler doesn’t? Thankfully, I could find lactose free cheese from a company called GO Veggie. GO Veggie offers lactose-free cheese slices, shredded cheese, cream cheese, and even grated cheese. I didn’t have to go to a fancy grocery store to find these products. They are easy to find at my neighborhood grocery store. Like many healthy items, they are expensive, but there are coupons available to use. Monkey was very happy to indulge in a warm grilled cheese sandwich without any tummy issues!

I cannot wait to find more lactose-free options for Monkey to eat. I was surprised to learn how many everyday snacks are also lactose-free. Did you know that Oreos, Teddy Grahams, and brownie mixes are lactose-free? Buzzfeed provided 18 Treats You Might Not Know Are Dairy-Free. This opened my eyes to how many options are available for Monkey to indulge in.

Are you or your child lactose intolerant? What are some of your favorite dairy-free snacks?

Kay – The Rookie Mom

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