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Drinking Cow's Milk Triggers Childhood Constipation

Thursday, 30 October 2008 13:40

Intolerance to cow's milk is associated with constipation in children. Investigators split 65 children with chronic constipation into two groups. All subjects were aged 11-72 months, and had been previously unsuccessfully treated with laxatives.

The first stage of the trial involved half the children drinking cow's milk and the other half drinking soy milk, in stage 2 the groups were reversed. Each stage lasted 2 weeks. None of the children experienced a resolution of symptoms while receiving cow's milk. In contrast, symptoms of constipation improved in 68% of the children while receiving soy milk. This response was confirmed by a double blind cow's milk challenge.