I just found this thread a few minutes ago, so I haven't read more than a couple of posts, but ironically, I just finished sending the following email to some friends who's kids have dairy sensitivities:
Over the last couple of weeks we have had some amazing things happen with ds#2's dairy sensitivity. We experimented a little with raw cow's milk here and there, and he seemed to be tolerating it well, and so a few weeks ago, I decided to start giving it to him consistently (like daily)- and since then his skin is smoother and softer than it has been since he was a couple months old. The craziest part is that we let him eat chocolate and junk food at halloween, and he never got a rash or dry skin or anything (which of course was always the tell-tale sign that he had eaten dairy before). So I am convinced that the live enzymes in the raw milk are helping him to digest the milk proteins in other foods. Other things that i'm sure are helping are taking probiotics, cod liver oil, and naturally fermented/cultured foods. The biggest change we have seen up til now though has been with the introduction of raw, fresh cow's milk on a daily basis. I always thought we'd get a goat when we moved to the country, but I might have to start looking at keeping a cow instead!
A quick background on us: my baby developped eczema before 2 mos of age. At first I thought it was diaper rash, so took him out of diapers and started doing EC, but it wouldn't go away. Doc gave us elidel, which, thank God, I refused to use, convinced that it was only a band-aid solution, and proceded to spend many hours looking into allergies. We went on a traditional foods diet (mainly Nourishing Traditions/Weston A. Price), eliminated dairy from my diet (he wasn't on solids yet), and his eczema cleared up. This was at about 6 mos of age. I figured it was probably dairy, despite the doc's arguements, because I sometimes get eczema from dairy. Anyways, we used lots of coconut milk to get by without milk, and then at about 12 months when he was eating solids, I gave him a little goat's milk, which he tolerated well. Very recently, we introduced the cow's milk as I stated in the above email.
Baby's awake, gotta run. Will try to catch up with this thread soon!