Milk Intolerance in Infants

Yummy, nutritious recipes to cook for lactose intolerant children

Lactose intolerance is a condition when children are not able to digest milk sugars and milk products due to the absence of the enzyme lactase in their gut. It’s this enzyme that helps the digestion of lactose, which is present in milk. The problem is when milk products are completely removed from a child’s diet because of this problem, an extremely vital nutrient also gets removed. And that is calcium. Hence, the focus should be to enrich the diet with other foods that are rich in calcium. You should also consult your doctor about giving your baby calcium supplements.

Most of the food options that can be served to children or babies above 6 months of age who have lactose intolerance are yogurt, Greek yoghurt, lactose free cheese, mango lassi, or plain buttermilk, fortified fruit juice, soy, rice or almond milk.

Below are 5 excellent recipes for babies and toddlers with lactose intolerance.

  1. Soy smoothie for babies


    • Soy milk/Soy yogurt
    • Soaked almonds
    • Banana
    • Cashews
    • Chocolate sauce


    • Gather all ingredients and blend it in blender.
    • Take out it Pour in a glass and garnish it with chocolate sauce.
    • Serve at room temperature to your child.
  2. Hash Brown omelette for toddlers


    • Peeled and shredded potato
    • 2 tablespoon clarified butter
    • 2 Eggs
    • Onion- ½ chopped
    • Tomato-½ chopped
    • Chopped coriander leaves- ½ katori


    • Put the shredded potato in a big bowl, add black pepper and salt. Mix it well and keep aside.
    • In another bowl, put 2 eggs; add chopped onion, tomato, coriander leaves, chaat masala, mix it well.
    • Now take a pan, spread little oil, pour the shredded potato and spread it evenly.
    • Cook it in medium flame, until crust becomes little brown.
    • Now pour egg mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn it and cook for 2-3 minutes more.
    • Garnish it with chaat masala and coriander leaves.
    • Cut into pieces and serve.
  3. Oats porridge for babies (12 months above)


    • ½ cup rolled oats
    • 1 glass lactose free cow milk (1 year above baby), almond milk or soy milk
    • 2 spoon roasted almonds powder
    • ½ spoon brown sugar


    • In a pan, boil milk and pour oats.
    • Add almond powder
    • Cook it in a medium flame and put brown sugar.
    • Cook until it gets thickens.
    • Serve at room temperature.
  4. Oatmeal pancake (1-2 years old)


    • ½ cup rolled oats in fine powder
    • ½ pinch baking soda and
    • ½ pinch baking powder
    • 1 spoon each chopped dates and almonds
    • 1 egg
    • ½ cup milk
    • Ripe banana, mashed


    • Grind oats till fine texture, put baking soda and powder.
    • Mix dates and set aside.
    • Take another bowl, whisk egg, milk, dates and almonds. Stir well with banana.
    • Pour over oat mixture in that and beat continuously.
    • Heat a large pan and spray cooking oil or ghee.
    • Ladle out about 40-60 ml batter for each pan cake.
    • Cook until it appears like a soft golden brown.
    • Flip pancake and cook until 1 minute. Repeat with remaining batter.
    • Serve at room temperature.
  5. Potato and pressed rice (poha) tikki (1-2 years old)


    • 2 potatoes boiled and mashed
    • ½ tsp ginger paste
    • ¼ teaspoon garam masala, chaat masala, roasted peanut powder
    • ½ soaked pressed rice (poha)
    • ½ cup coriander leaves
    • Pinch of salt
    • Oil for frying


    • Put the boiled potatoes in a bowl and mash it.
    • Mix ginger paste, garam masala, chaat masala and roasted peanut powder.
    • Put soaked pressed rice and coriander leaves into it.
    • Make a round tikki ball and keep it aside.
    • Heat oil in a pan and fry tikki until golden brown.
    • Serve at room temperature.


Remember that children in their growing years require a lot of calcium and vitamin D. Hence it is advisable to include calcium and vitamin D-rich foods like green leafy vegetables, yogurt, broccoli, and eggs in their diet. Also, discuss with your paediatrician, the need to take calcium and multivitamins supplements to avoid any deficiency.

As parents, you also need to be cautious about the food you purchase from the grocery. Always make sure you read the food labels and stay away from foods that contain any of the following:

Skim milk powder


Whey powder




Milk solids

Sometimes, even when the food does not appear to have milk, it may contain a hidden milk ingredient. So, get into the habit of reading the labels carefully.

Apart from this, always plan a healthy lactose-free balanced diet for your children with a combination of healthy carbohydrates, fats and proteins with lots of veggies and fruits which are packed with loads of antioxidants and phytonutrients.