Allergist and Immunologist Questions Lactose Intolerance

Is lactose intolerance treatable?

My son is 12 years old and has been suffering from lactose intolerance since birth. Is it a problem for life or can it ever be treated?

2 Answers

Lactose intolerance is the absence of the enzyme lactase. It can be managed easily by taking lactase tablets before meals containing milk. There are also specially treated milk products available. It most likely will be a life-long condition which one has to be aware of and easily manage.
I am a registered dietitian - from my experience and knowledge, lactose intolerance is not something treated, however, you can begin taking probiotics as this has been associated with helping over time.
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