Given the new approaches to lactose intolerance, eliminating milk and dairy products is no longer necessary.

Children with lactose intolerance should not eliminate dairy from their diet. Instead, new guidelines from the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics encourage kids with lactose intolerance to give dairy a try.

The change in policy has come about because of “significant changes in our knowledge and approach toward lactoseintolerance have occurred over the past quarter century, since the first statement on lactose intolerance was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition,” states the article in the journal Pediatrics. For example, research has revealed that children with lactose intolerance have been shown to tolerate some dairy products, especially hard cheeses such as cheddar and Swiss, yogurt containing live active cultures and lactose-free or reduced lactose milks.

As a result, the new guideline states that “dairy foods are an important source of calcium for bone mineral health and of other nutrients that facilitate growth in children and adolescents.” The academy wants parents to work with their lactose-intolerant kids and pediatricians to test the system and determine how much milk, cheese and ice cream they can tolerate.

Given the new approaches to lactose intolerance, eliminating milk and dairy products is no longer necessary.

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