to start an elimination diet, beginning with dairy (gasp! oh god, my COFFEE!)
my ds's excema... it is bothering him so bad. expensive creams, non-stop eucerin, borage oil... nothing helps, except a little, sometimes, and for a short time. he is itching himself raw!
he is 28 months and still nursing like a trooper, so i guess that means me, too, huh?
is this really, really NECESSARY- i mean, is it possible just eliminating it from his diet could be enough? are the allergens in such quantities?
because altho' i really feel bad for the cows (i was at least lacto-ovo for awhile, so i am not w/out feeling, and try to get as humanely raised/killed meat as possible), this is going to be more than difficult for me- i really, really thrive on milk products. i love lebni, cheeses, good cultured organic butter, heavy cream; not so much an actual milk drinker per se. so this is purely an excema-related issue at this point for me. so if say, one of y'all has info that say, butter has very few allergens, for example, please tell me, because it will save more cows misery in the long run than if i give up in despair and wean my lil' guy!
i am of northern european ancestry and could live on shellfish and cheese, lol, but the eastern european/mediterranean side from my dh seems to be showing up in my sammy and he does like his olive oil (dipping his bread in it- whoa, if we have to give up wheat too, is he gonna be bummed!) and is just not thriving on cow's milk. so, is goat still full of these allergens, too? sheep? (if, of course, this eliminating dairy turns out to help.) i'm not looking for whether or not someone thinks goat milk is an improper food for adult humans, just how it affects a kid allergy-wise, kwim?
i have loaded up with almond milk cheese (i already love that stuff!), soy yogurt, milk-free bread, almond milk, tofutti ice cream sandwiches, etc, hoping to make the change easy on him (and me!)
but my coffee... for those of you who love coffee, do i have hope beyond cremora?:Puke 'cause frankly, i like soymilk, i've done soymilk, but in coffee, i think it tastes like shit. (no offense, if you can stomach the stuff!) i didn't get ricemilk, but would that or the almond milk, or that with a bit of cremora (yes, i know, bad stuff!) be the most likely to let me get used to it quicker? i need ideas!
and i feel guilty as heck already, but i am not going to keep him from his chocolate bunny this year... we'll get anal about it *after* easter. if this works, i'll be straight to godiva next year for a dark chocolate one (i wish free trade chocolate wasn't so pricey-i saw 70 bucks for 3 big bars... argh! i don't have a $70 chocolate budget! whoops, different subject! back to topic!)
anyway, thanks in advance for any advice, i'm a little freaked! but if it helps sammy's skin, i'll do it.
ps max has the skin of a blush rose; just poor ol' sam is the rashy one.