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People with lactose intolerance have trouble digesting a sugar in milk and dairy products called lactose.
People with lactose intolerance don’t make enough of an enzyme called lactase. So lactose doesn’t get broken down in the small intestine, and passes into the large intestine. There, bacteria ferment it into gases and acids. This can cause cramps, belly pain, gas, and diarrhea. Symptoms usually happen within 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating or drinking anything that contains lactose.
For some students, symptoms can be severe and they can’t eat or drink anything that contains lactose. For others, symptoms may be milder and they just have to limit the amount of dairy products they consume.
Students with lactose intolerance may:
Lactose intolerance is not an allergic reaction. It’s usually not life-threatening, but it can be upsetting or embarrassing for students when they have symptoms.
The best strategy for students with lactose intolerance is to avoid milk and dairy foods. But doing so can mean they don’t get enough calcium in their diets. You can encourage them to eat calcium-rich foods in the cafeteria that don’t have lactose, such as broccoli, dark leafy greens, beans, calcium-fortified milk alternatives, and tofu.
Most students know what they can and can’t tolerate. But it’s a good idea to contact their parents or guardians for a list of foods to avoid so you can offer alternatives if snacks are eaten in class. Check with the school nurse if you have other concerns.
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Many kids have lactose intolerance – trouble digesting lactose, the main sugar in milk and milk products – which can cause cramps, diarrhea, and gas.
Your parents were right to make you drink milk when you were little. It’s loaded with calcium, a mineral vital for building strong bones and teeth.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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