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Is there a cause for this? Is there anything to be done about it? I'm on my 3rd child with dairy issues and it's driving.me.crazy. Why don't any of my IRL friends have this problem? I feel like a weirdo.<br><br>
I had a grilled cheese sandwich yesterday and my baby has been crying most of today. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
I don't get it. DH and I have no lactose issues.<br><br>
They seem to get over it by the time they're toddlers. But while I'm bf, I have to be so careful that it's very frustrating. I know dairy is not that important, in some cases not that good for you, but we love it and use it a lot. I can deal with not drinking milk, but cutting out cheese and ice cream is such a bummer. And cooking with dairy is fairly everyday for us...my other mistake, yesterday and today, was making homemade pancakes for breakfast. Batter includes milk.<br><br>
Excuse my rant, I'm a little cranky today because I have a raging ear infection...but does anyone know why babies have dairy intolerances? Or what can be done about it?
 

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Hey Mama,<br><br>
It's actually not the lactose that your baby is sensitive to (most likely). The dairy intolerance in babies is to the milk proteins. That's why it's important to avoid all dairy derivatives, too, like whey and especially casein.<br><br>
You might want to consider cutting out soy as well because about 50% of babies who are sensitive to dairy are sensitive to soy also - the protein structure is very similar. Try rice milk. It's kind of gross, but it grows on you eventually. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
THere are lot of theories on why there is such a spike in food intolerance in recent years, but nothing definitive. Like you said, most kids grow out of it, but I do think it is good to avoid the offending food while they are little so their guts don't take permanent damage.<br><br>
That's about all that can be done - avoid avoid avoid. Sucks, I know!<br><br>
Also interesting - if you have one kid with food intolerance, it is likely that your subsequent kids will actually have worse intolerances. Maybe keep that in mind to see if maybe there are other issues with your littlest one.<br><br>
My first is super sensitive - we've been stuck on the total elimination diet (eating only rice, potatoes, pears, zucchini, and avocados....lots and lots of avocados!) for almost a month now. Every time I try to add something new in, she reacts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Anyway, hang in there! Dairy free is so hard.
 

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MY number 4 baby is Sensative to dairy. It is a bummer. I have learned to live with it. Oh the things us mothers will do without to have a healthy baby.<br>
Sorry. Hopefully as time passes it will get better.
 

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I am so sorry! It really stinks to 1) have to deprive yourself of things you love, and 2) have a very sad, hurting baby. 3 of my babies were sensitive to dairy (this last one being by far the worst), and I can empathize how hard it is on both of you.
 

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I've found that my dd is more sensitive to certain types of dairy than others, and the amounts count too. A little bit of butter doesn't do much, but milk in my cereal is a major no-no. I basically try to avoid it all as much as I can, although it makes eating out difficult. I've heard that hard cheeses are better than soft cheeses, and that some babies can tolerate kefir and yogurt.
 

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All three of my babys where like this as well - it sucks big time. I found that the first 3 months where critical after that I was able to start VERY slowly introducing small amounts of dairy - ie butter on toast or on potatos. A little parmasen cheese on my pasta. You slowly work with what baby can tolerate. My son and DD2 I could have most dairy(not a glass of milk or milk on cereal) by the time they where six months. My DD1 I couldn't have more then a couple tsp of yougurt or an ounce of cheese untill she weaned - and she weaned to soy formula untill she was two.<br>
Your baby is still young so there is lots of chances that it will improve as there ge older but for the moment you have to be very careful and it does suck. I remember many times eating out at freinds and watching them eat wonderfull cheeses and dairy products(my youngest was also soy and egg sensitive so it was soooo restrictive) I felt at times I had nothing to eat - it affected my supply and my body (lost 40lb in 3 months and had no energy) So as you cut out the dairy be sure that you are adding other stuff back in to make up the calories and nutrients
 
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