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#1 of 3 Old 02-15-2010, 12:21 PM - Thread Starter
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Okay, first the background. For awhile now, my dd has had on-again/off-again stomach pain. Digestive disorders are prevalent on BOTH sides of the family. Both my mom and dh's mom have been hospitalized for digestive related issues. So I'm certainly not surprised that she seems to be following the family pattern. I also think she sometimes gets stomach pain when she's upset (which happens to me all the time). It's hard to tell, though, if it's food, anxiety, or something else entirely. So I've decided to do an elimination diet with her to see if I can narrow down what bothers her (not necessarily an easy task since there is a long list of foods on both sides of the family that cause issues).

Anyway, I started with milk. I took her off all milk products for 2 weeks, then started giving it to her again. The first thing she had was cheese, then ice cream, and finally straight milk. At first, she seemed to not react, at least not to the cheese or ice cream. She had a mild cramp during her basketball game after she'd eaten some cheese, but that was it. She didn't have straight milk until 2 days later (which would be yesterday morning). Again, there was no immediate reaction, but this morning she woke up with an upset stomach. I'm pretty sure it's not anxiety or anything like that, as we're just at home today, nothing big coming up. She's homeschooled, so it's not an attempt to get out of going to school. And I think she feels pretty bad, since she's asked to stay home from her activities later today, which normally she LOVES.

Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone knows whether a milk intolerance can have a delayed reaction? Do the symptoms always show up right away? Can they show up as late as 24 hours later?

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Yes - that's classic intolerance reaction actually - they can be delayed up to 4 days (for my DS, it took a WEEK to build up to behavioral reactions).

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My son's was delayed 24 hours for years. Though I think it's quicker now, from cross-contamination experiences.

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