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Jul 13, 2009
babymomma1
Mom to Peter - 10 months old with reflux on prevacid and dairy allergy
Dairy Allergy - Reintroduction??
Hi everyone! It's been a long time since I've posted here since all has been going well with my son, who's now 18 months old. Hard to believe. He has reflux and a cow's milk allergy and has been on a dairy free diet for the past 9-10 months. The GI doc encouraged us to start slow but try reintroducing dairy. We've done that and after no observable symptoms with yogurt or hard cheeses, this last week has been rough with trying butter and then milk. Since he has the reflux and a delayed reaction to the milk, it's taken us a few days to sort out that it's probably the butter/soft cheeses/milk causing him to have worsened reflux, one time vomiting (but we weren't sure if he got dairy, he seemed to refuse his sample while we were looking) and general difficulty sleeping (very unlike him now, but a huge issue before he went off dairy). My question is, where do we go from here? Has anyone been in this situation before? The GI doc advised that if he doesn't react to some dairy but does others that we just stop with whatever doesn't give him symptoms. That would mean he can have yogurt and cheddar, maybe parmesian? Does this mean he can also tolerate small amounts of dairy in items like crackers? What about baked goods that generally are heavy on butter? I just don't know if we should pull back to no dairy and wait another 6 months or loosen up his restrictions and if so to what degree. Any advice?
Jul 13, 2009
abbysmom
Andrea: Mom to 3 crazy girls!
Jackie (3/01)
Payton (9/03)
Abby (4/06) Prevacid 7.5mg (evening), MSPI, goats milk (currently trying to wean off Prevacid)
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My dd Abby didn't have an allergy to milk but an intolerance. We went from Neocate to goat's milk successfully at 14/15 months. At that time she also did okay on hidden milk. I have found that introducing new things is best when done REALLY SLOWLY and in REALLY SMALL amounts.

If it was me I would go ahead and take out all the dairy again for a few weeks till he is his normal self again. Then try whatever he did okay on. But in really small amounts. Like for example when we did the goat's milk into. I started adding it to her Neocate 1/2 ounce at a time. Did this for 2wks then added another 1/2 ounce for another 2wks. I would take your time to work up to milk and even then some kiddos can't have whole milk. My girls can't even tolerate 2% milk for some reason. So they get 1%.

I don't know if that was helpful at all but just what I did. I hope that he does well b/c having to avoid all dairy SUCKS! I just had Abby treated by a NAET practitioner hoping to eliminate all her intolerances. Andrea

Jul 13, 2009
vigilantmom
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
Like Abbys mom I would try the step up approach. I have heard great things about goats milk. They have been using that for 50 plus years. My aunt was on it. Once you are good with that then maybe you can try Lactiads Lactose free whole milk. Remember that he has been lactose free for the first 18 months of his life. That is a big adjustment for him. I am lactose sensitive myself. I can do yogurt and hard cheeses but have fine line with milk, butter and especially icecream. You might just need to go slow with the reintroduction to give the cilia in his bowels a chance to activate themselves.
Jul 14, 2009
babymomma1
Mom to Peter - 10 months old with reflux on prevacid and dairy allergy
Thanks for the advice. We'll probably wait for him to get back to his normal self and then allow him a little bit of dairy (ie - not freaking out if he steals someone's goldfish crackers) and see how he does. We're expecting another baby in a couple weeks and so I think I'm going to hold off on pushing the milk again until I have a handle on two and then I'll take your advice about going very, very slowly and hopefully we'll make some progress. Thanks!
Jul 15, 2009
vigilantmom
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
Congrats on the new baby!!! Yes, definately wait. There will be enough newness without that. Best of luck to you. Let us know when the baby arrives.
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