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My dd is now 11 months old. When she was a baby, she was very fussy and clingy. She also had the worst baby acne I've ever seen. I went on an elimination diet, but after a few weeks I didn't really see any improvement, so I stopped. Since then, dd has gradually outgrown the fussiness, but her skin has never been perfect. It's not always noticable at a glance, but it's always a bit rough. This winter her chin has always been chapped. Nothing I've done has made it better.<br><br>
Then one night my dh snuck her a bite of ice cream. Within 10 minutes, her face was red and puffy. It happened again a week later when a relativer gave her one shred of cheese without my knowledge. That, along with her irritated skin, led me to cut out dairy a few weeks ago. (She is still breastfeeding a lot.) Within a few days, her skin had cleared up a lot, and her chin almost completely healed. I was shocked. I was still eating small very small amounts of dairy, I thought it was okay. Then yesterday I had one piece of cheese. Today is the worst breakout ever. It seems to be getting worse suddenly, and that worries me.<br><br>
I'm not sure what to do at this point. I've cut dairy out of my diet, but I haven't cut out things like cereal bars that may have a dairy ingredient low on the list. Should I? Am I hurting her my doing this? This is really hard on me right now, I'm pregnant and having a hard time coming up with food to eat. Also, could I have done something that caused this? No one in our family has any allergies, and the only medications she's ever been given are Tylenol and Zantac. (The zantac was when she was a baby, I was never posititve that it helped but was scared to take her off of it.) She was born at home and has never been vaccinated.<br><br>
Is she too young to test for these things? Who would do that, her pediatrician, or would we have to find an allergist?<br><br>
Thanks for reading this far. I appreciate any help anyone can give me, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by this right now.
 

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Don't be scared. My son is allergic to dairy, same exact symptoms as your little one. He's 2.5yo now and we've been dairy free since he was 2 months.<br><br>
It's no picnic, I miss dairy, but it's not as hard as it sounds. The only major drawback is no more eating out. Everything you cook can be made dairy free with dairy substitutes.<br><br>
I would however, suggest you get some Epipen Jr's. They are for an immergency anaphylactic reaction (which would be unlikely with you monitoring her diet, but accidents happen)<br><br>
you will want to eliminate all dairy, hidden and otherwise, from both of your diets. Whey, lactic acid, sodium lactate, caisen, butter, cream.......<br><br>
Earth Balance Natural Buttery spread is a good butter substitute than is trans fat free and really good (my DH eats it even thoguh he can eat real butter). Also, Fleishmen's UNSALTED is dairy free (only the unsalted) and Blue Bonnet LIGHT (only the light).<br><br>
you just have to read ingredients like a mad woman and no eating out (although we eat chinese...they don't usually use dairy)<br><br>
Meats are often preserved with sodium lactate, so don't forget to check lunch meats and stuff.
 

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Actually, I would say that her allergy isn't getting worse. My dd is allergic to corn. Corn is in everything so she was getting it in nearly every meal (mine or hers) everyday (some cheerios in the morning, some ham at lunch, some chili with corn at dinner--all corn or corn derivatives). Anyway, when we cut ALL corn, her skin cleared almost completely. But the first time she accidentally had corn--and it was the smallest amount of some non-organic chicken that had been injected with corn-containing broth that only *I* consumed, but she was bfing--her eczema flared so immediately and so extremely, that I thought her allergy had grown worse. In actuality, she was just coming off the corn overload, and was therefore more sensitive to even small amounts. We hope that with total avoidance, she'll outgrow this allergy. I hope your dc does, too!
 

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well if you go dairy free make a list of what you can eat and go to the store. buy lots of food on your ok list. better to be prepared than scavenge the pantry.<br><br>
i'm into an avocado smoothie lately. i hear you on being hungry!<br><br>
why no eating out? salad with chicken olive oil are ok right? most restaraunts have that.
 

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Coconut milk has been great for us. I use it in soups, desserts, iced coffee <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> , and use it to make yoghurt. And I even made cottage cheese with it by accident one time.<br>
Love it.
 

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would NAET help???? Have you looked into that?<br><a href="http://www.naet.com/" target="_blank">http://www.naet.com/</a><br><br>
It's a non-invasive (no injections) allergy elmination treatment.<br><br>
My newborn (2nd) was allergic to wheat (shortly after birth, she became very<br>
congested.) The practioner uses muscle testing to determine what it is. Wheat came up. Her congestion cleared up once I stopped eating wheat for a few days. She was cleared for it with 1 treatment.<br><br>
I was thrilled I didn't have to go through any crazy breastfeeding elmination diet to figure it out.<br><br>
I had another friend... her newborn was allergic to COTTON! NAET cleared that too.<br><br>
I have other friends who have been cleared for other stuff (motion sickness, foods, sugar, etc...)<br><br>
Worth a shot!
 

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Tanibani--<br><br>
Not to hijack the thread, but can you tell more about your experience with NAET? How much did it cost? What did they do besides muscle testing?<br><br>
Thx!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/offtopic.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="offtopic"><br><br>
A local chiro (trained in NAET) charged $45 per visit. A friend of mine Jenn (LLL Leader) was a Physical therapist (you can only get trained in NAET if you have some sort of healing/medical background) became certified after her great experiences with her own daughter's clearing of breathing issues.<br><br>
A friend of hers recommended it to her (she had a life threatening peanut allergy that was totally eliminated).<br><br>
Anyway, since Jenn works out of her home, she'd charge $25 per visit.<br><br>
PREGNANCY & LOW IRON (I wrote this when my daughter was 9 months old):<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Today was Marlena's 9 month check up... and her iron level was<br>
12.1!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
When I was pg with <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust"> I was going through such horrible<br>
fatigue.... after one month of being on a strong iron pill (my iron<br>
level was below normal, and it it couldn't go up to normal or above, I<br>
would not be a good candidate for the homebirth I wanted) I was still<br>
dead tired and cranky and panicky.<br><br>
I mentioned it to Jenn (NAET practioner and friend) who by chance, I<br>
ran into at a homeschooling park day. "Quick! Test me! What's up<br>
with me?!?!?!" and she said I was both allergic (and thus not absorbing<br>
- anemic) to iron!<br><br>
So that week I made an appt (Gary Erkfritz - chiro) on a Friday.<br>
After the easy treatement, I avoided any foods with iron for 25 hours. (That is what you are supposed to do after a treatment. It's sometimes very hard to not touch, go near certain foods if you are a mom in charge of feeding everyone else!)<br><br>
Monday I had my midwife check my iron and it shot up! Wow. I was told<br>
that any allergy I was cleared for during pg, would also benefit my<br>
baby in utero (great!) I don't think it was "time." I am certain it was the treatment.<br><br>
I mentioned it to my very mainstream ped and she's<br>
looking at me like I have 2 heads (sigh.) "Well... whatever works..."<br><br>
I haven't given <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust"> any store bought baby cereal because it's<br>
constipating. She eats mainly jarred fruits and veggies. I do want to<br>
make her homemade baby cereal (brown rice, millet, etc...) it's just<br>
that I haven't gotten around to it (been so busy.) So I am not<br>
"purposely" avoiding the cereal. So my ped said it was definitely the<br>
breastmilk (wow!!!!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">:<br><br>
BTW, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/kid.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="kid">: , around this age, had low iron... so I had to find foods<br>
high in iron to help. Again, I credit the NAET clearing.</td>
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TREATMENT:<br><br>
So simple, it's odd.<br><br>
1. You get muscle tested (hold a vial of X substance) until you find the substance you have a problem with.<br><br>
2. You hold that vial for 10? minutes on your skin.<br><br>
3. Practioner massages your spine up and down (the chiro has some pulsing machine).<br><br>
4. You are to AVOID X substance (not touch it even) for 25 hours, then you should be cleared.<br><br>
My baby wasn't treated directly. As long as we were touching skin, the massages were done on my back. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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While my daughter is fine with dairy, I have a sensitivity to both gluten and dairy.<br><br>
Here is a vegan cookbook that I like - "Healthy Cooking for Kids" by Shelly Null.<br><br>
We love to eat at Asian restaurants. Asian foods are almost always dairy free.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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We did something similar to NAET with our chiropractor. My ds was tested through me at 4 months old or so. We did the muscle testing and found he was sensitive to wheat, dairy, and citric acid. He was a very fussy baby, had hives, congested, relux, the whole works. We avoided the foods till he was 2 when we retested. He was clear for wheat and dairy. He still gets cranky if he he gets something with a lot of citric acid.
 

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I was treated for (along with <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust"> ) and cleared for Citrus early on.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana">
 
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