Lactose avoidance for young children with acute diarrhoea

Stephen MacGillivray, Tom Fahey, William McGuire

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    Young children with acute diarrhoea, typically due to infectious gastroenteritis, may temporarily stop producing lactase, the intestinal enzyme that digests lactose. This means they may not digest lactose, the main sugar in milk, and this may worsen or prolong the diarrhoeal illness. However, there is uncertainty whether avoiding lactose-containing milk or milk products helps young children recover from acute diarrhoea more quickly.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberCD005433
    Number of pages86
    JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2013


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