DD started reacting to dairy in January/February of 2009, when she was 15 months old. She was a colicky baby but I'd always just assumed it was how she was and not tried to remove milk. When we removed milk from just her diet (not mine) her sleep improved DRASTICALLY and a chronic diaper rash cleared up after about a month of being dairy free. I was pregnant at the time and had no milk supply to speak of, so all food trials were done with her alone though she did continue to nurse. Over the next year, she would randomly start reacting to foods. Her symptoms were face flush, tummy ache/poor sleep, and her poop was never formed, ever, and was almost always full of undigested food. D/T the poop, we always assumed we were still missing *something* though we couldn't identify it. She lost food after food. When we thought we'd figured it out, she would start reacting to something new. When YDD was born and my milk came back in, ODD got worse, so I cut dairy as well. She got a little better, but was still not sleeping well and not having solid poops. By December, she had lost dairy, soy, corn, blueberries, tomatoes, pineapple, and chickpeas. We had her tested for celiac and she got a high IgG response but follow-up testing showed that she doesn't carry the gene. With those test results and pretty much at our wits end, she went on a TED. She did great. Clear skin on her face and butt, sleeping fantastically, mood improvement (which we didn't realize was a problem), and solid poop. She was on it for a couple of weeks when we did our first trial ~ peanut butter. Fail. Eggs ~ fail. Apples ~ fail. Grapes ~ fail. These were all foods she had been eating forever, so I was disappointed and frustrated. Ground beef and carrots passed. We tried eggs a second time after 2 months (so in February of this year) and she had a pretty strong and clear reaction. Face rash much worse than before, horrible sleep, she was clearly in pain, whiny and not paying attention for 3 days. Her poop was also awful ~ blackish, greasy, gritty. And after that trial, she never went back to baseline. We tried cutting pears, thinking she was getting too much fruit, but it didn't help.
Two weeks ago, I basically gave up. It had been over a year and she was no better off (and arguably worse off) than she had been to start with. We went with full-fledged, no-holds-barred reintroduction. We let her eat EVERYTHING she wanted. Dairy, soy, corn, nuts, peanut butter, etc. My thought was that she would get clearly worse and it would give DH and I renewed vigor to go at the food issues again. But she didn't get worse. She got better. Her poop solidified. She was digesting things. Her mood improved. Her sleep has been pretty fantastic.
So then I started to piece it all together. When we started the reintroduction, we also happened to start her on a really strong probiotic because she had had bronchitis and had taken a z-pack, and I was worried about thrush. I thought, could the probiotic really be helping her? I've looked into it more, and it seems that it can! And then it all hit me ~ when this all started last year, I had assumed the reactions were d/t her interest in solids from my dwindling milk supply. But looking at the calendar, I see that at the same time she started reacting, she had just recently taken amoxicillin for the first time ever for bronchitis (apparently she is prone to it). My theory is that her gut was messed up from the abx (which we should have known, as she got a pretty bad yeast rash from them that required an rx to clear up), and along with what was likely a dairy intolerance that she'd had since birth, her gut couldn't heal. The probiotics have done wonders! I am so amazed. She doesn't wake up crying anymore in the middle of the night. I'm not kidding when I say that she is a DIFFERENT KID.
She does still get gassy if she has too much dairy, but otherwise she can eat whatever she wants.
Ever since we started on the right probiotic with DS, he's been adding lots of food back in. It's amazing when something works, and it really WORKS, isn't it?!?!
wife of 8 years to DH , mama to DD (2006) & DS (2011) (Dec. 2012) due Nov. 2013
It contains L. Acidophilus, B. Bifidum and B. Infantis. A friend of ours who is a medical accupuncturist also recommend that she do a round of Florstor (which is S. boulardii). I am just so amazed that this is working. Sosososo amazed.
FWIW, the accupuncturist said that babies born by c-section or babies born to moms that were born by c-section are more likely to lack the B. bifidus b/c they aren't exposed to it in the birth canal. Not sure how true that is, but it seems to be working for us!
Oh, and how long does it take to see any progress, if probiotics are helping?
Becky, partner to Teague, SAHM to Keagan (7yo), Jonah (2yo)
Becky, partner to Teague, SAHM to Keagan (7yo), Jonah (2yo)
Bifidobacteria dominence is the gatekeeper of the immune system for a baby ... it gradually moves over to an adult gut flora around age 6 or 7, which "coincidentally" is when the immune system is thought to mature. Before that, bifido is essential for the immune system to learn oral tolerance.
And animal studies have shown that antibiotics can induce food allergies.
Natalie ~ DH 8/04 ~ DD 8/09 ~ Identical Twin Boys Arrived at 34w5d on March 2, 2011
|So then I started to piece it all together. When we started the reintroduction, we also happened to start her on a really strong probiotic because she had had bronchitis and had taken a z-pack, and I was worried about thrush. I thought, could the probiotic really be helping her? I've looked into it more, and it seems that it can!|
Can I ask the brand of probiotics you have your daughter on, and for how long did you give it to her?
I'm interested in hearing more on this as well.
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I know that this isn't the answer for everyone, but for us it has just been amazing. For several months, DH and I would just look at each other stunned as DD would be eating "normal" food.
Oh, and YDD is on solids now (still nursing, but also eating solids) and has not had any of the same reactions that ODD had. She's had abx one time (ear infection from RSV ) but we did the probiotics at the same time. We also had no abx during labor.