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Reflux caused be food allergies?

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Hi!
My daughter was a perfectly healthy baby who started to vomit once a day with her bowel movement at 7 1/2 months. She would vomit her entire meal. Solids had been started at 6 months without problems. She had been exclusively breastfed since birth and continues the breastmilk along with solid foods. The problem grew worse and her appetite declined drastically. She has never been constipated or had abnormal stools. She also started to vomit when coughing or anytime her stomach was full and any action caused increased gastric pressure. I have been to many pediatricians and a pedi gastroenterologist. They decided it was reflux that she would eventually grow out of it and wanted to treat the symptoms with pepcid. I was not satisfied. Why at 7 1/2 months?
I finally realized that I had started her on plain yogurt at that time which was her first exposure to dairy. I had been adding yogurt and oatmeal to all her food in the hope she would gain weight. She had always been in the 5th percentile for weight. I am only 5 ft. tall so we were not overly concerned. She has always been happy, bright, and ahead developmentally. I believe she has a dairy allergy that is causing decreased muscle tone (poor tone in her Lower Esophogeal Sphincter).
My breastmilk dried a month ago except for one night feeding when I had the flu and she started to vomit more after starting her on dairy formula (she is also allergic to soy). I lost my letdown reflex with the one feeding I was giving her at night about a month later and her vomiting increased to three times per day. I did not make the association until later. We tried her on regular goats milk and then organic raw goat's milk and she was allergic to both. I made her fromula from almond milk with the help of several nutritionists by adding ghee, coconut oil, cod liver oil, and egg protein powder. She would not touch the almond milk formula, rice milk, or any juices.
I'm currently pumping every two hours and taking herbs, oatmeal, malt, and domperidone to get my milk back. I'm only producing one to two ounces every two hours so I'm still having to supplement with formula, but her vomiting has decreased to once every other day and her appetite is so much better. She is on Baby Jarro-dophilus (probiotic) and I took her off the pepcid two weeks ago because she started to vomit what she had eaten 5-6 hours previously after the pepcid started. I realized that by decreasing the stomach acid we were causing digestion to take much longer. Once I took her off the pepcid she returned to vomiting what she had eaten two hours before. I know that breastmilk has enzymes and good bacteria in it (to help digestion) and am guessing that is why she is tolerating the formula a little better than she use to as tha amount of my milk continues to increase.
The doctors are telling me that it is not a milk allergy because she has excellent muscle tone in the rest of her body. I've seen the results of minimizing her dairy and increasing breastmilk so I'm just ignoring them on this topic. It's been hard, but she is doing so much better. I'm just wondering if anyone out there has had a similar experience or found that their child's reflux was caused by a food allergy. When she was at her worst ,we were trying everything to help her and nothing was working. The hardest part was not knowing a single other person who had experienced this and being told by the docs that I was wrong and needed to start her back on dairy.

post #2 of 3
Hey Mountain. It sounds like it is GI related Food Allergies. SOmething I am very familiar with. See if the Dr's will give you a prescription for Neocate (and get it coved by insurance) IT is an amino acid based formula so absorbs easily. These allergies generally come to a head when we start introducing foods. I am going to past a list of symptoms for a disorder called Eosinophilic Esophagitis, this is what Zach has and OFTEN gets miss diag'd as reflux.

Symptoms
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Failure to thrive (poor growth or weight loss)
  • Abdominal or chest pain
  • Reflux that does not respond to usual therapy (which includes proton pump inhibitors, a medicine which stops acid production)
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Food impactions (food gets stuck in the throat)
  • Delayed emptying of the stomach (gastroparesis)
  • Anorexia (poor appetite)
  • Bloating
  • Anemia
  • Blood in the stool
  • Malnutrition

You only need ONE of these symptoms to have it be a possiblity. Here is a link to an article about it, this is an extreme case
http://www.abcactionnews.com/stories...emington.shtml

Let me know if you have any questions.
post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 
Jessica,
Thanks for the info. My daughter has already started gaining weight since I've reduced her dairy and been giving her more mother's milk. I'll do some more research into this.

Best,
Moneca
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