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Is your child suffering?
Can a glass of milk cause stomach pains and cramps in your little one? If your child is Lactose Intolerant, it certainly can. Perhaps this is the real reason why your child refuses milk. Did you know that 3 out of 4 Indians are unable to digest milk?
Lactose Intolerance in Children
Certain children are unable to digest the sugar or lactose present in milk and milk products because their body does not make enough lactase - the enzyme that digests the lactose. This may then be Lactose Intolerance. With dairy consumption increasing in various forms of milk and milk-derived products, the impact is more severe now than ever before.
Only 18% of Indians can digest milk!
According to a research study 'Lactose Tolerance in the Indian Dairyland', it was revealed that only 18% of Indians were able to actually digest milk. In addition, a study by the 'The Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences' found that 66% of North Indians and 88% of South Indians were lactose intolerant.
Recognizing Symptoms of Lactose IntoleranceHere are common symptoms that can help you identify if your child suffers from this condition.
Saliva-based, Non-Invasive Lactose Intolerance DNA test
Lactose intolerance genetic test is a new and innovative form of test for lactose intolerance. Genetics can play a major role in several health factors including lactose intolerance. By testing the gene MCM6 from saliva samples, it is now possible to test your child for lactose intolerance.
A child who is lactose intolerant may still be able to consume lighter milk products such as yogurt, butter and ghee, as well as lactose-free milk which is now easily available. With lactose intolerance genetic test you can identify risk factors ahead of time, even in the absence of symptoms, thus acting as an advance alert for your child's health and development.