Originally Posted by artisticat
So lately my 10 mo dd and I have been plagued by yeast issues. I started getting itchy cracked nipples so treated both of us with a 4 day course of gentian violet. I've also been washing them with gse and viniegar most of the time after feedings. Well now it is back and worse than before. Now I can totally see the with cottage cheesy stuff on her inside cheeks and her tongue is so raw and I am not in too good of shape either. A rash has also appeared around the diaper area. Once and a while it might look like the anus ring (but never there constantly or even more than a day). Sometimes the rash is red and she seems to be trying to itch it, but mostly it is just patches of raised bumps. No where else just diaper area and the main rash areas are where her diaper rubs. So I kept thinking it was just related to her diapers, but I know we have major yeast issues.
She was always a gassy baby. Might of had a slight reflux problem as an infant, but I think she was such a swallower that I could never tel. Her poops I am not sure since this is my first baby and no one else I know breastfed so I am clueless on normal there. Occasionally I gave her probiotics (and yes they were Baby Jarro) but not often and sometimes I just used the Adult Jarro. I use cocunut oil liberally on skin as well as with cooking. She doesn't really like it plain, and won't allow me to spoon feed her anything like yogurt or anything. How do you get coconut oil into a little one? I didn't start her on food until around 6 months and even then it wasn't much if any that actually went in her mouth. (just fruits and veggies) SHe has always liked to feed herself so I had to cut them up in little peices. I don't know it that threw digestive issues for a loop or not as some food came out like it went in
She threw up bananas around 6 months. Just gave her some today to try again, but she didn't like the taste so didn't really eat any.
Stacy! Glad you are here.
First of all you are waaaaay ahead of anything I ever did at that age... I wish I knew enough to just kept DS on fruits and veggies as his first foods. Sounds like your experience is exactly like ours, it's not food allergies but a total intolerance of food b/c of an imbalance of intestinal flora.
Coconut oil will absorb thru the skin. And giving a little one who is bf'ing coconut oil is easy, just eat a lot of coconut oil and coconut milk yourself! It comes right through by increasing the beneficial medium chain fatty acids in your milk. The standard adult recommendation is 3 1/2 T. of coconut oil/day or 10oz of full fat coconut milk. But you might want to try and take more depending on how you do. But work up to that amount, it might cause die off in you.
Actually all fats you eat as a bf mama comes through your milk too. So you should be concentrating on coconut oil, cod liver oil, butter, avocado, olive oil, and palm oil is okay too. Occasional peanut oil. No other vegetable oil. No polyunsatured oils like canola, corn, safflower, sunflower... bad stuff.
And NO trans fats, that is super bad for eczema babes, well for every baby really! They come thru your milk as well and compete with essential fatty acids in the body and block the function of the EFA's. (Sorry trans fats are a big pet peeve of mine.)
Bananas should be very well spotted with black... very very ripe. It means all the complex sugars have been converted to simple sugars and are therefore easier to digest.
What about avocado? Or very well steamed, purreed carrots or green beans. I also used to put a bit of fresh breastmilk in my veggie purees (making sure not too hot) for added enzymes. I would not recommend white potato, sweet potato, corn or other starchy things that are complex sugars (read more about below). Cooked fruits (ex. bananas don't need to be) are much easier to digest, start with pears.
Gas is the number one symptom of yeast and imbalance of intestinal flora. As far as which probiotic to use, thats a hard one, but we are following the rules from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet right now (only acidophilus, thermophilus and bulgaricus).
Start at the websites for the SCD to learn more about why this diet works to change the intestinal flora balance:http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.i.../beginners.htmhttp://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.i..._the_diet2.htmhttp://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.i..._the_diet2.htm
The Legal/Illegal list at Breaking the Vicious Cycle would be a good place to start as far as what are the foods that are easier to digest.http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.i...llegal_a-c.htm
Also the Stages at Pecanbread:http://www.pecanbread.com/foodprep.html#beyond