Re: Infant Allergies
posted at 6/12/2011 9:57 AM EDT
In Response to Infant Allergies
This is a complicated one, I can tell you by experience. With my second child (boy) he had invisible blood (was yours actually visible to the naked eye? or was it like in my son's case, determined by a doctor after analyzing his stool?). His original symptoms were severe grunting, crying and distress. You don't mention this as symptoms so I'm not sure whether your child's problems are actually like my son's were. But read on because there is light at the end of the tunnel.
To also spare you having to read my entire post to hear what worked for us, I'll tell you up front to try Culterelle probiotics powder. If your baby takes a bottle, put the powder in it and feed him that way at least once a day. In my case, I stopped breastfeeding and used a hypoallergenic formula as soon as the elimination didn't work quickly (my son was in PAIN!) but when the problems returned once solids were introduced, I finally gave in and took the advice of the pedi GI specialist and tried Culterelle (it's safe even for newborns) and it seemed to do the trick. Read on if you want to hear our story...
I BF my son for the first 6 weeks of his life. He was a colicky, uncomfortable baby who never slept; instead cried and grunted all night long. I never actually saw any blood in his stool. It was at his 6 week appointment that I raised the crying issue to his dr., who tested his stool, which was positive for "occult" (invisible) blood. He advised me to first eliminate milk/dairy and, if supplementing, only use Alimentum formula. Alimentum is considered the "big gun" formula. It's milk protein is broken down for the baby, which helps in cases where babies' systems haven't developed enough to comfortably break down the milk on their own.
Long story short, after eliminating many things other than JUST dairy did nothing to help my son, I finally tried one bottle of Alimentum. Voila!!! My pained, crying, uncomfortable child became a happy, content child, who slept normally and turned into a completely angelic baby. I stopped BF and never looked back.
That is until I introduced "solid" foods at 4 months. My son's pain returned and so did the occult blood. I'll spare you the long drawn out details, but even after several trips to a top GI specialist, we NEVER learned what was causing his GI upset/blood. It went away with certain foods but returned at times for apparently no reason. I was beginning to worry it wasn't food related but was something like colitis (not really possible in infants.) Then, I began to theorize that it wasn't the ingredients in food themselves that caused his problems, but the way they were made. For example, processed foods seemed to hurt him. Whereas, whole, natural foods were okay. Was it the additives? What? I have no idea. I just know that mashed up whole bananas were ok; the jarred purees were not. Weird, I know.
At the appropriate age (I can't remember when) his blood was tested for a plethora of allergens and then later he was administered a scratch test (he was older, probably past 12 months by then) and NEVER turned up with any positive allergy findings. Was it an "intolerance"? An "allergy"? The GI doctor couldn't ever determine and basically told me it didn't matter which.
The GI specialist did give me the best advice, which was to use Culterelle. My son was about 10 months or a year old by the time I first tried it but it seemed to work the very same day. Eventually, we stopped noticing any pain in him, he started sleeping comfortably through the night, and I gave up sending stool samples in to be tested by his pediatrician (something I had been doing almost twice a week in an effort to isolate a possible food cause.) He is now a bright, happy, healthy 3 year old. And while it seems the Culterelle was what helped him, it could have just been that he outgrew whatever it was that was hurting him. He is happy; and we are no more or less the wiser.
[QUOTE]I'm no sure if anyone can relate to this, I haven't seen a post on it yet... DS has had blood in his stool for 2 weeks now. I've cut out dairy, soy and nuts. It seems to be getting worse, not better. He had his stool tested to make sure it was blood (no results yet) and I have to go back in 2 weeks with more samples to make sure that there is no more blood at that point since I will have cut soy/dairy out for a/b a month so it will be out of my system by then. If there is blood in 2 weeks, I will most likely have to switch to formula to see if he gets better. I was reading online that corn and wheat can be other allergens, the only two things I haven't cut out yet. This is all just wearing on me, worried about DS's health. I really want to continue to breast feed and planned to until he was at least 6 mon. Anyone else deal with allergies and have any advice? Can infants this age get allergy testing, the pr i ck (figured i wouldn't be able to use that word!) to see what they're allergic to? That makes the most sense, otherwise I'll never know what it is that he's allergic to and I'll never be able to eat at a restaurant again! Can you imagine me saying make sure my food is dairy,soy,nut, wheat and corn free?! Ok, I'll stop rambling now.
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