Infant Colic and Lactose Intolerance

by: Dr. Roopi - Published Tuesday, September 27, 2016

While in Wendy’s for breakfast recently, a parent with a lovely young daughter asked my opinion on her child having abdominal pains. The pains are so severe that it keeps her out of school many days.


Her problem is Lactose Intolerance and as it is with most black children, it is very common I call it “Cows’ Milk Allergy,” and one has to prohibit those children from drinking cow’s milk (especially in early morning cereal) eating pizza and other cheese containing foods and NO ICE CREAM … the commonest problem in young children. There is a frequent relationship between Lactose Intolerance and Infant Colic.



As you might have noticed, parents often ask me pertinent medical questions about their children while in public places like Burger King, KFC or even Church and Cost Right or Solomon’s. I always try and help, even though, technically, they should come to my office in a professionally suitable atmosphere.


I am not a Board Certified Pediatrician — I am a God certified children’s and family doctor. At one time for almost seven years, I was the only children’s doctor on Grand Bahama.


I bring 44 years of experience as a doctor/healer.


The word Colic comes from the Greek word Kolikos and almost every mother knows what it means to have a colicky baby, crying continuously at 2:00 in the morning.


Colic is a common condition affecting colored children, especially during the first three months of life. 


Caucasian children are also affected, but not nearly as frequently. Fathers will always remember a child as that crying colicky baby that would not let him sleep with work due in the morning.


Colic. It is regarded as paroxysms of unexplained irritability with fussy or crying lasting more than three hours at a time. It is especially prevalent in the middle of the night. 



The breast fed baby will rarely get colic, unless the nursing mother is eating garlic or onions or, in season, eating excessive numbers of mangoes. Breastfeeding should be the method of choice for all young mothers today.


Lactose Intolerance

This is very common in our Bahamian population, because of the large number of “lazy” mothers who want to prop up a bottle in their child’s mouth. Beware of plastic bottles, as recent medical research is suggesting that pre cancerous products may be formed when the bottle is put in the microwave to warm milk or in the freezer overnight. 


Lactose is the result of lactic acid in the milk and cows’ milk is drastically different from human’s milk. Cows’ milk is for little cows. Human milk was designed by Mother God YAAHWEH for little human children.



The solution for mothers who are not at home, while earning a living as single parents, was initially soy. Soy milk comes in the form of Nursoy, Prosobee, Isomil or Neomul soy. There are now a preponderance of soy milk products. However there are a number of children who are soy and lactose intolerant. The benefit of these products were surpassed by Almond Milk.


Almond Milk

Almond milk is a very good source of milk to those who have lactose intolerance or cows’ milk allergy. Unfortunately, it is not recommended for the very young infant or newborn baby.


Goat’s milk

Some 40 years ago I introduced goat’s milk to Grand Bahamian mothers who had children with cows’ milk allergy or lactose intolerance. It met with some resistance by some physicians initially, but its benefits are:

1. Goats milk is very close to human milk

2. It is lactose free

3. It is highly digestible

4. It has a taste that babies like

5. It has a low renal solute load

5. It is very convenient for mothers to prepare, but must be supplemented by daily vitamins.

6. It is always available in the local supermarkets.



There was a time when mothers in The Bahamas put gin in the baby’s bottle to combat colic. 

Medications provided by doctors like Baralgin and Donnatal were once prevalent. They are almost never available today.



We as children’s doctors are now aware that many patients with colic are actually cases of Gerd or acid reflux in the newborn; and must be treated entirely differently from cases of lactose intolerance.



Finally, I must add the cases of Pyloric stenosis, which is more common in young male infants and is treated surgically.



I sympathise totally with mothers with a colicky infant and would recommend that she always seek professional medical advice from a doctor and not use products like gin or beer to ease the pain.

Colic is real. It can be cured.







Published  Tuesday, September 27, 2016


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