JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Child Growth and Development Consultant Prof. Dr. Dr. Rini Sekartini SpA (K) says there are a number of conditions where children cannot consume dairy milk. Some conditions include dairy milk allergy, lactose intolerance, and galactosemia.
Lactose is a disaccharide form of carbohydrates that can be broken down into simpler forms, namely galactose and glucose. Lactose is present in dairy milk, and constitutes 2-8 percent of total dairy milk weight.
Galactosemia is a condition that prevents people from digesting galactose, a simple sugar found in dairy products.
"Symptoms of dairy milk allergy can be shown by the presence of digestive disorders, which can include vomiting, stomach cramps, colic, and diarrhea," said Prof. Rini.
In addition to indigestion, another symptom of dairy milk allergy is rashes on the skin. There are also symptoms that can occur in the respiratory tract, including colds, allergies, or bad breath.
"For diagnosis, it is necessary to have an examination by a doctor and laboratory examination, if necessary. In addition, there are also procedures for handling that must be done," she said.
Some procedures for handling includes avoiding consuming dairy milk and various derivative products. You can also provide alternative nutrients to replace dairy milk.
Some alternative nutrients mentioned for children with dairy milk allergy are hydrolyzed protein formulas, for example formulas with extensive hydrolyzed protein and amino acid formulas. In addition there are also soy-based formula.