I think I figured it out around 2 months, or about 2 weeks after her due date (she was a preemie). I eliminated dairy and soy, and within 2 weeks she was much better. Now at 14 months, I eat dairy and soy and so does she, and handles it fine, but was still reacting to it in my milk around 6 months. I don't think I tried again until around 8 months, and she was fine.
we thought he had grown out of it at about 8 months, but it had switched from mostly skin issues to mostly stomach issues. he'll be 3 in october and still cant have dairy. if he gets a trace(casein in soy cheese for example) he gets the runny eyes and nose,and gas, and painful constipation that leads to diarreah. if he gets a "big" amount (like when a little girl i was babysitting shared her cheese- he got a whole bite, lol) he gets all of that and breaks out in a rash too
My little baby now is intolerant to soy, and he gets a really bad--red inflamed-- diaper rash.
Maddy still has congestion and a yeasty diaper. Our doctor has suggested gluten could be a problem (he thinks I have trouble with gluten, too). But frankly, she's not unhappy and I like bread! Lol
So, we're still trying to figure things out. At 3 1/2 months, it's all trial and error for us.
SAHM to DS (11/09) with a little girl coming in October
Good luck to you in figuring out whether it's a food intolerance or not. It can be really hard to quit dairy at first because it seems like it's in everything. My latest slip up, which I am paying for now, was a grilled chicken sandwich. Yep, I found out afterward that there was dairy and soy in it.
My pediatrician dismissed my concerns about food allergies and sent us to a dermatologist, who prescribed a topical steroid that would suppress the eczema, but it would come back as soon as we stopped using it.
When she started solids, it was obvious that she was sensitive to dairy because she would break out from contact with it--so, for example, one day I gave her yogurt to eat with her shirt off, and everywhere the yogurt touched--on her face, chest, belly--she had a raised, red rash.
As it turned out, she is extremely allergic to cashews, pistachios and egg.
Mama to Marcus (1/05) and Arianna (3/10).
so, it was mostly gas and stinky poos, a bit of fussiness, and spitting up (like projectile, he just nursed, and then BLAAAACH in my hair, all over the floor, across the bed, etc.)
it was mostly gas and stinky poos, a bit of fussiness, and spitting up (like projectile, he just nursed, and then BLAAAACH in my hair, all over the floor, across the bed, etc.)
This is mostly what I'm noticing. He's pretty gassy, spits up (occasionally projectile), and writhes/grunts after nursing. I can't figure out if it's just a typcial gas problem or something worth investigating further, like an allergy/intolerance.
Very early on, there was a series of days where all I had time to make for myself to eat was potato lefse with butter and cinnamon sugar. I noted that on those days he seemed to do better. I knew then he must have an allergy. I did the Dr. Sears elimination diet but saw no improvement. It got to the point where I would walk up and down the hallway for 45 minutes just to get him to sleep for 25 minutes. Ultimately, at my absolute wits end, I sent him to spend the night at with my mother and sister. I was too exhausted to pump, so I sent him with a bottle of Alimentum Ready-to-feed formula. I called to ask my mom how he was doing and she said he'd slept 7 hours straight. I just about fainted. He'd never done that for me.
To make a long story short, we discovered that my son has a corn allergy. The Alimentum RTF worked because it is the only corn free formula. When we tried the powdered Alimentum, he reacted. Turns out there is one ingredient different between the two--corn syrup solids instead of tapioca starch. That also explains why the total elimination diet didn't work. The fruits I was eating were coated in glycerine wax--corn derived, the symethicone gas drops--corn derived, the iodized salt--also corn derived.
My son is five years old now. He continues to react to corn and corn derivatives. I often suspect that he would have several diagnoses had we not discovered his corn allergy when he was four months old.
enjoying motherhood way more than science:
married to DH (2003) mama to DD(Nov 2008) & DS (Mar 2011)
I did a full elimination of anything that could bother him, then reintroduced foods into my diet. DS spits up more (we'd gotten to the point where he almost never does around 5 months) if I eat dairy, soy, GM corn, and gluten.
It was frustrating because when I went to the ped immediately they gave us a script, which I filled because I wanted to help, DS broke out in a rash after two dose, went back they then wanted to send him to get put under and a tube down his throat. I freaked out said NO and started my own research aka elimination diet it took 2 weeks to see a difference, 3 for significant one.
DS 10/09 DS 2/17/11 Blessing #3 sometime 2/13
I'm gluten free anyway.
I also cut out: corn, dairy, eggs, brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, etc.), onions, night shades (tomatoes, peppers, etc.), soy, and probably some other things I'm not thinking of right now.
When she got better around 7 months I was able to start adding some things back in. I was very slow and careful about introducing solids, which I did around the same time (7-8 months). Now (at 3.5) she can eat everything except gluten.
For us it was just dairy. I eliminated it completely and most everything resolved within a month. He is still a poor sleeper and still gets dry, itchy skin, but its not as bad. I think he is just a sensitive sleeper period. And I think the skin issues might be more environmental. The only other thing was the spitting up. . .elim dairy didn't seem to help that and I was worried, but I kept being reassured that it would go away on its own. Sure enough around 6-7m the spitting up slowed than stopped.
I tried going back to dairy a month or so ago and he seemed fine with it for awhile, but then I noticed some of the old symptoms. . .not as bad, but still there. So I have quit dairy again. Although this time, he isn't sensitive to any tiny little speck of it and he's not EBF now). So I am just avoiding the obvious dairy, milk, cheese, butter. I know I am getting some dairy in cooked foods, but it doesn't seem to be a problem. I really would like to go back to yogurt. .. I'll try that soon.
Me= crunchy mama to one rambunctious toddler, born on October 1, 2009. And one sweet little baby born January 19, 2012.
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