Saturday, January 20, 2007

Okay, maybe you're all on to something . . .

So I am begrudgingly looking in to an elimination diet. I don't have to like it, but I will learn more about it. A brief scan of the information on askdrsears.com says that several of some of the things going on with Eloise could be related to food allergies. I thought it was just the rash, but apparently the hives, the rough skin on her face, and now introducing . . . green poo! All signs of a potential allergy. Like you all didn't know that. I needed to figure it out for myself, you see.

I don't want to attempt something like this all willy-nilly, so I'm going to look in to it more and figure out how to do this realistically. So far I've sort of given up my vitamin C supplements (have you heard about the sharp increase in norovirus in the Puget Sound region? Yikers! Hand me the vitamin C!) but beyond that, I'm not doing anything.

So all of you mamas who are smart about this kind of stuff, can you send me links as to what I can do to start an elimination diet? I'm lazy, you see. And severely sleep deprived. And very, very fragile.

7 comments:

  1. So dairy is THE most common allergen in nursing babes and can be a hard thing to cut out since milk by-products like whey, casein and lactate are hidden everywhere- Here's a link to some common everyday foods that are dairy free - http://www.peta.org/accidentallyVegan/

    Are you going to have her tested or just cut things out and see what happens? Good luck!

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  2. That is a nasty virus. That's what they said we had two years ago when all three of us ended up in the hospital for dehydration. I will tell you though, I have had viruses where I felt worse so it's not the worst virus in the world.

    Man, elimation diet, what a pain in the ass! You have my sympathy!

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  3. I only had to cut out coffee to stop bad ezcema - that simple! Good luck!

    BTW - is there anything you added into your diet when the problems started? Or after being pregnant?

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  4. i agree with new mama, start with dairy, it's the most likely culprit. so, start by switching to rice milk (better for you, less weird estrogeny things than soy) and avoid soy cheese, because those bitches put caesin in it. soy yogurt by yoplait (i think...the same people who make yobaby yougurt?) doesn't suck. your local healthfood store will become your newest obsession, as you scout out 'safe' cookies, and chocolate (honest, it does exist, and it doesn't even suck that much!) and you will have to become an expert at label reading, cuz things like 'sodium caesinate' are dairy. we've had good luck with ghee as a replacement for butter (if margerine doesn't freak you out, that's fine too, but it's gotta be all the way margerine, not like, moooove over butter, which has buttermilk in it.)

    fun things which are safe? fries. chicken nuggets. barbecue chips. so it's not like you'll have to go all healthy. :) ummm. oh! things from hylands, all made in a lactose base. so, if you dose with teething tablets, watch for irritation. the gel, i think, is safe.

    after you've been off it for 6 weeks, (it can take that long, sometimes longer) you can like, challenge it, if the symptoms have gone away. if you eat ice cream (because, if you're going to challenge, it might as well be a good one) and the symptoms come back, then you know it's dairy.

    some mamas go all gung ho, and cut out like, everything on the top 8 (like, nuts, fish, dairy, soy, corn, citrus, and 2 other things which are escaping me) for 6-8 weeks, and then challenge them one at a time. i knew i wouldn't be able to stick to that, so i chose to eliminate the thing most likely to be causing the problem. plus, keeping track of all that, with a noob, and ppd, seemed like the end of the world to me.

    anyway. that's my blogvella. good luck! if my lazy ass can do it, so can you!

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  5. I would ask for allergy testing...it seemed too overwhelming for me to just start cutting things out without any idea where to start.

    Dairy is a tough one but you'll adapt faster than you think. With James & Ruby, I've only had to cut out major dairy when nursing. Whey, etc., as a minor ingredient never bothered them.

    Will check in later, got to go! :) stephanie

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  6. I agree to begin with dairy. Good luck! You've gotten some good advice already, it really isn't as bad as it might seem on the surface. I had to do it each of my kids, I dunno, there are worse things in life, you know?

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  7. Here's a link to a thorough elimination diet, which IMO is the very best way to figure out exactly what is bothering your baby. The toughness of an elimination diet is not in finding food (stick to whole foods, no need to buy specialty products), it's in overcoming the mental obstacles.

    http://www.drcranton.com/elimination_diet.htm

    Nuts were the main culprit with my baby's rash and green poo.

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