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#1 of 7 Old 01-30-2009, 08:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi, ladies!

I've got a seven-week-old who just this week started to show signs of dairy intolerance: projectile vomiting, reflux, mucusy poop, and otherwise unexplained crankiness. I put two and two together on Wednesday morning -- it's now Friday afternoon -- and immediately stopped eating all dairy products, including things with even trace dairy. (I've had a dairy-intolerant baby before, and knew what to look for on the label, fortunately.) The reflux has already backed off noticeably, but he's still pretty cranky. He cries most of the time now when I'm not nursing him, and sometimes he pops off the boob and cries too. He's a pretty calm baby, so I think there's still something bothering him.

How long should it take for me to see a big difference in his behavior? I wonder if I should do an elimination diet to see if there's anything else bugging him besides the dairy. Are there any drawbacks to doing an elimination diet? And how, specifically, do I do that? I don't actually know how.

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About 50% of babies w/ milk issues, have soy issues as well. I generally tell moms to eliminate both at the same time and if things are better in a few wks, try soy to see what happens. All of mine have been milk, soy, and egg, the last 2 had wheat issues as well and I did have to do the total elimination diet w/ #2. Good luck.

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2-3 weeks
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You can get more ideas on how/whether to do a more extensive ED over in the Allergies subforum. They have tons of experience. That said--I'd look for noticeable improvement within a week, if not I'd take out gluten in addition to dairy (if you've got another major food allergen, you may see no improvement with just taking out one, you'd need them all out before kiddo seems better--everyone's different on this, but this seems common enough to mention).

Hope your LO feels better soon!
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For us, it took 6 weeks. But... that's also the longest I've ever heard.
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Most people will see a difference right away. Depending on the amount of damage that is already done though, it may take longer to fully heal. I've seen differences immediately in my kids.

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I would cut out soy and then eggs if you don't see more of an improvement after a week or so. DD got worse then better - but we still had to cut out dairy/soy/eggs before her poos got normal and not mucousy bloody.

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