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Q: My son is lactose-intolerant and he doesn't like soy or rice milk. So he has his morning cereal with orange juice. It was his idea and he seems to enjoy it. Is that ok?

A: Choose calcium-fortified cereals and orange juice and try to find other ways to get in high-calcium foods during the day. He should be able to tolerate aged hard cheeses like cheddar, colby, swiss and parmesan, which are naturally low in lactose. And he should be able to eat yogurt because the live, active cultures actually digest the lactose. You can also try lactaid milk or lactaid supplements with milk to help him digest. Milk provides many nutrients that kids need.

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