Your post sounds a lot like the one I posted here a few months ago! It is quite a journey, and I am still very new to this myself (maybe I'm like apprentice to all the pros that hang out here!), but here are some pointers I'd give you from what I've learned after 3 months on this journey.
Yes, if things are getting through to your dd, you have gut issues. It took me a long time to believe this about myself because I never had any of the things I was reading about. however, after being on the SCD (check out www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info
if you haven't been there yet) for 3 months, I realize that I did have some of the symptoms, I'd just come to think they were normal. Now my skin looks great and I feel so much healthier. I've had some emotional ups and downs with die-off and the stress of learning all this and trying to heal a little one, but when those aren't affecting me, I feel great.
Just because you have leaky gut does not mean you have yeast issues, although plenty of folks here have both. Luckily so far we don't, so we''re only having to battle one demon.
I, too, really couldn't imagine giving up grains and was overwhelmed about the introduction diet on SCD because of all the dairy (which I knew I couldn't do with my dd). However, once I bit the bullet and did it, it wasn't nearly as bad as I had feared. I have had to emotionally disconnect myself from food (I'm from the South and a family where EVERYthing centers around food). It's probably emotionally way healthier than how I was before, but has been really hard. I would suggest you check out www.pecanbread.com
and their introduction diet if you decide to go the SCD route because it is dairy free.
I agree with ff - take some time to read around. It took me about 3 agonizing weeks to read up and decide I had to do this. For me, it really boiled down to the fact that I was already avoiding so many things, and I decided that if there were a chance to fix this, I should do it. Granted, I knew she may outgrow the issues on her own or that I may do all this and it not help, but I didn’t want to take the chance that she wouldn’t outgrow it and I would forever be wondering if I could have made it all better in the beginning by doing the diet. Plus, I figured it was easier to fix her though me than try to deal with following the diet for a toddler.
Originally Posted by mamajaillet
Hello everyone, I have posted a few time in the alleries forum, and tried to get through last month's thread here, but started too late, and just couldnt' get to the end to post and into.
I am still learning a lot about all of this, and know that we have some gut issues. My dd who is 5 mo is sensitive to dairy, and we are doing an elimination diet to see if we can find any other triggers, her skin is a little dry in patches, and her bum is so red (although it is clearing up, been on TED for almost 2 weeks). I am also realizing that my first probably has some triggers too, and I just didn't know enough before to recognize the signs.
So...I hate to ask questions that you have probably answered for so many finding there way here, but I am still trying to sort through some info in my head. If my dd is reacting to things through bm, does that mean I have a leaky gut? Is that the only way these proteins get through? Does it mean that I have the same sensitivities?
And if our guts are all messed up, do we have yeast problems too? We have never had thrush (in 5 years of nursing), I've never had a vaginal yeast infection either. However, my ds craves sweets (don't most kids?), but we haven't ever had sugar in our home--just b-day parties and such, and not until he was two. He craves fruit and jelly and cereal, and he is crazy when he has these, even fruit. Likewise, I have sweet cravings too. I can't imagine giving up grains, I tried to really limit them the first week of our elim diet, and I just can not digest meat like I can grains. Without the grains, I can't go to the bathroom.
I feel so overwhelmed at this point, but committed to healing us, and learning all that I can. I just thought we were so healthy, and I suppose on one level we were, we didn't eat junk. But I suppose none of that matters if our guts are wacky.
Anyways, I have realized that some of you mamas know more about all of this than my ND, so I am here to learn!!