I've been struggling lately with the decision of whether to eliminate dairy again from my diet. dd is 4 months old, EBF, and has on a few occasions had spots of dark blood (brown) in her stool. She has also spit up a couple times with some brown in it, and once a bright yellow streak. She has reflux (but Dr. didn't think it needed treatment as she is gaining/thriving....and this same Dr. wasn't worried about the blood in stool). My doctor didn't think I needed to eliminate dairy since dd is breastfed and that allergy is so rare in breastfed babies. She figures the blood was just from fissures and bowel irritation from explosive, runny poops. I am losing my trust in her - a good friend of mine exclusively breastfed her daughters, one of which has severe dairy allergy, the other just an intolerance. My doctor is ignoring all the signs, but there's no other services in our community (small town)...nor is it severe enough to warrant referral to pediatric GI/allergist in cities located many many hours drive away). I feel like I'm solving this puzzle alone....and I also feel like my doctor just thinks I'm an overly anxious hypochondriac!
So....here's what I did today...and I don't know if this was wise or not, but I wanted to know. I put a dab of vanilla yoghurt on the back of my baby's forearm. I got distracted before I could check right away. However, later that same day, I noticed some red bumps in that same spot (similar in appearance to the newborn rash she had that turned into exzema, and similar to what sometimes happens on her cheeks, but usually clears up with a wash/moisturizer). She doesn't get diaper rash.
Could the reaction just be yeast? (though that's never been an issue...or at least I haven't thought it is - no diaper rash) Or could this be a sign of milk allergy? I did one elimination trial of 3 weeks - but didn't notice a difference in the reflux. It was after I reintroduced dairy that we had those isolated incidences of blood in stool (not a regular occurence). There is ALWAYS mucous in her poops, and they are quite runny - half her poops also require a sleeper change.
Should I try this test again - if so, how do I do it? And most importantly, does it mean anything? My baby's skin seems sensitive....so again, maybe this is just coincidence and I don't need to worry? She had a nasty exzema case that cleared up with good skin moisturizing.
Please reassure me...or advise if there's something I should be doing. Strict dairy elimination is so difficult due to the cross contamination issues (dh and dd1 both eat lots of cheese, butter, etc) - but I'll do it again if I need to. It's just that the signs are so infrequent (other than the major spitting up/gagging) that I question if I'm reading too much into things.