Are small amounts of dairy product consumption once in a while in a lacrosse intolerant child acceptable?
We've moved him to lactose free milk and cheese, but on the very small occasion he does eat something with normal milk, like butter, parmesan cheese and a small bite of ice cream and a croissant. Is this bad for him? Will he always be lactose intolerant? The doctor didn't tell us how to move forward with his diet exactly, so we just want to understand what it means for him. It's been difficult to get him to eat more as his favourite foods were things that had normal milk in them.
We've just noticed that his bowel movement has started to get brown mushy with black grainy particles in them again, which I'm thinking is from the lactose intolerance.. eating the croissants etc.
Does not seem to be a cause for concern
I have gone through your query and have checked the attached report. Let me assure you that traces of reducing substance in stool does not necessarily mean lactose intolerance. Although reducing substances are likely to be found in the stool of children with lactose intolerance, it can also be found in a number of conditions.
So, unless he develops definite symptoms like cramping of the abdomen, watery diarrhea etc. on the intake of milk products, you need not worry and therefore it would not be harmful if he takes small amounts of the mentioned stuff.
The stool color would vary with the type of diet. It is nothing concerning.
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We've only noticed he's had diarrhea in the last two days, but I think it's because he's been eating a lot of mandarins. I think he ate 3-4 mandarins in one day because he loves them so much... so I had to stop buying them.
He used to tell us that he's not feeling well in his belly, but when we changed to lactose free milk, he seems to be ok. With the lactose free milk, his poop is no longer mushy and is firmer.
So we'll just keep an eye on his eating? And the black grainy particles in his poop.. it's not too serious? not blood in poop?
Avoidance of lactose need not be complete
I would not be concerned about a diarrhea of two days. In fact, the digestive capacity can go down during such episodes, thus leading to presence of reducing substance in stool. However, if he feels better using lactose free milk, he could have lactose intolerance. In that case, avoiding lactose should take care of the issue. This does not need to be absolute and if he can tolerate things, it is not really a big deal.
I would not be concerned about the black particles in poop.
He just did a second poop today, and it's a pale green/brown coloured poop.
And google says this colour is related to a liver problem. If he did have a liver problem, would it show up in blood and poop test?
Due to rapid transit of stool.
A greenish stool is not a cause for concern. It occurs due to rapid transit through the large intestines when it does not get adequate time for the green pigment of bile to convert into the yellow pigment of stool.
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