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MILK – it doesn’t do Lauren’s body good

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Our house has been dairy, soy, and peanut free for a long time, with the exception of cheese and ice cream that Ryan keeps hidden in the fridge. I made Lauren some soup for lunch two days ago – creamy tomato from Trader Joe’s, which was moved here from Ohio in a box, and we’ve had for a long time on the shelf. Since everything in the house is dairy free, I didn’t check the package ingredients. We’ve had creamy tomato soup before that is dairy free, though it was a different brand.

In any case, this creamy tomato soup is a milk based soup. Heated, with some veggies and noodles for Lauren, she had maybe 3 bites of it before I realized the problem and stole her bowl back (which made her rather angry I might add!). So in total, maybe 1 tsp. of milk-based tomato soup. And within a few hours she was telling me her stomach hurt, after dinner she had terrible gas, the type that makes frat boys proud. The next morning she had a foul diaper that Ryan described as “just not right” when he cleaned her up. She has also been having terrible behavior issues – hitting, screaming, unable to nap, restless at night, etc.

It’s not been a fun couple of days here. She hasn’t had any dairy exposure since she climbed up on Nona’s table and had a finger full of “yummy that ice cream good!” soft butter from the butter dish. People keep asking me when I’m going to give her milk, telling me that she must have outgrown it by now, but honestly, if a tiny bit of milk-based soup makes her have abnormal bowel movements, stomach ache, and behavior and sleep problems, why would I even think of giving her some milk in a glass?

Garbanzo Beans

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Here’s a little known tidbit that I learned – garbanzo beans (chick peas) are so closely related to soy that the protein in them is almost identical, and people who are allergic to soy have a 95% chance of reacting to garbanzo beans too. And I’m sure Lauren is part of that 95%.

I went out to Aladdin’s in Lakewood and ate a meal with a friend that I knew was dairy and soy free, yet Lauren had the same reaction as she does to soy – red diaper rash with sores. Poor baby. So I blamed the pita bread as I’ve seen some pita made with soy flour.

Then I made my own hummus about a month ago, and it was the only thing different in my diet that week. It was pretty good stuff too! Lauren reacted the same way, and I was bummed, but not willing to admit she reacted to the beans.

This week on one of my email lists (the EC list) someone mentioned that garbanzo beans are nearly soy beans in disguise. It all *clicked* and made sense. And now I know that I can eat at Aladdin’s (and Nate’s deli!) as long as I don’t have the hummus.

More food issues…

Friday, August 12th, 2005

Well things are going pretty well. Lauren is now a week away from being 7 months old, and is thriving on breastmilk as her food. She’s over 18# and the Prevacid seems to be working well for her.

Sad for me, she reacted to watermelon (had already reacted to cantaloupe, so this eliminates all melons for me now) and peanut butter. Reacting to peanut butter is a bad thing, we will have to watch her very carefully when we start giving it to her, and the suggestion is to wait until at least 3 years old before introducing nuts of any sort.

I met with a nutritionist to make sure I was getting everything I needed, and she gave me a few ideas of new things to try as well as some prepackaged convienence foods that I can eat as well. Generally I’m getting all the vitamins and minerals I need, so that’s a good thing.

We’re going to try pineapple soon. I love pineapple!

Holding pattern…

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

Well the last week has been pretty rough. Pork on Weds., raspberries on Fri., and she was really uncomfortable all weekend. Monday I went out for lunch and I thought I had a safe meal all picked out. Turns out there was soy flour in the pita bread. What a PITA! So she’s still suffering, still has diaper rash, still cranky. I’ve decided that I’m not going to eat any new foods for a week to let her body go back to where it was. And then I’m going to start with foods on the low allergen scale again, trial of carrots, a real trial of tomatoes (I’ve had some in a salad or on a sandwich, but not spaghetti sauce or salsa, etc.), pineapple or cherries, salmon, etc.

Red berries

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Well Lauren has another reaction. Grr!

Friday night I had a bowl of raspberries. Saturday she did not poo. One of the signs of a reaction is that she gets well, I don’t want to say constipated becuse that’s not what it is, but delayed? Yah delayed is more like it. She’s a regular kind of gal. When things are going well, she’s going every morning.

So I think it might have been the raspberries. That’d be a really bad thing for me, since I love raspberries more than any other fruit.

Saturday I had some low-fat Oreo’s. I really don’t like to eat things that are called “low-fat” because that means that on top of being junk food, the people had to do something to them to make the unhealthy people want to eat them. They aren’t so bad, and I wanted some junk food. Low-fat Oreo’s are the only ones made w/o dairy or soy. Well, that’s not true, the “Uh Oh!” ones are w/o dairy too, the ones that are chocolate filling and white cookies. But I can’t seem to find them in the stores I go to.

But I think it might have been the raspberries.

I also think Lauren reacted to the cantaloupe I had on Wednesday. I would have totally missed this reaction EXCEPT for the fact that we are taking her potty. Usually she stays dry all night. She’ll wake up every 3-4 hrs. to nurse, and when she wakes, she goes “meep” and then gives a little warning cry after the “meep” cry before she pees. Usually this is more than enough time for me to wake up, grab the little potty by the bed, and get her diaper off and put her on the potty. Well she woke up to nurse soaking wet every time she woke on Wednesday night.

I ran through all the reasons why this might have happened – maybe I was too tired and slept through the “meep” or maybe the pressure of sleeping on her stomach squished her bladder and made her go. And then I remembered a discussion on my NIH/IPT email group about how some older kids (3-7) had been wetting the bed at night after eating melon. Lauren has been dry at night and using the potty about 95% of the time (yes, that’s only about one wet diaper at night a week) so the all wet all night thing was really unusual. Had I not been on the discussion list I would have never made the connection.

So my summer fruit salad yummies are dwindling down to boring unfruit salad. Right now I’m only eating bananas, pears, peaches, and apples. As soon as the current rash goes away I’ll test out cherries.

You know, I’ve been trying to get a handle on this thing since she was 3 weeks old. I started logging a food diary in my planner that early, when I noticed she had really really bad days after I had milk. She’ll be 5 months old next weekend. And we’re still learning.

Oh wow, I just had a revelation. Lauren didn’t poo on Thursday either. I was rereading what I had posted before, and I had pork on Weds. night. So, I feel so enlightened, pork is really on the no-no list for now.

Ryan and I have been discussing solids too. “Everyone” has their babies on cereal at 4 months and starting veggies at 5 months. The AAP recommends nothing but breastmilk for the first 6 months and then breastmilk as the primary nutrient for the first year with solids being introduced for learning about texture and flavor. With some help from the La Leche League leaders and our pediatrician, we’ve decided that the best thing for Lauren is to delay solids for as long as possible.

That’s going to be difficult to do – you see, pretty soon she’ll be grabbing food off of our plates and shoving it in her mouth to check it out. And I know our family and friends will give her a lick of something here and there too. BUT every lick of anything increases her chance of developing a serious allergy that will haunt her for life, so I’m going to have to be mama-bear and harass anyone who tries to feed her. Sure, one lick won’t hurt her, but it’s like people who have bee sting allergies. The first sting is ok, sometimes even the second one. But then you get stung and have a life threatening reaction. What a miserable way to live life, knowing you can’t eat some foods.

SO since we know she has problems with dairy, soy, citrus, pork and apparently raspberries, those foods will not be introduced until she is well over a year old. More likely we’ll try and wait until the age of two. There is a whole schedule for introducing babies to foods when you are trying to avoid allergies, and things like grains aren’t introduced until after one year, and peanuts until after three years. Doing this will increase the chances of her not developing food allergies, which is pretty important to me.

Some first foods include rice and millet (which she’s ok with when I eat), yam, squash, potato, pear, peach banana, turkey and breastmilk. Wait, that looks like the diet I was on when we did the Total Elimination.

After that is oats, green beans, carrots, grapes, apples, raisins, chicken, and more breastmilk.

Way after a year is barley, rye, corn, wheat, pineapple, plums, prunes, peas, spinach, cucumber, lettuce, and egg.

Finally, citrus, pork, processed dairy (yogurt and cheese), citrus, berries, melon, sunflower butter, and white fish.

And the latest last on the list, soy, milk and ice cream, peanuts, other nuts, chocolate, and seeds, including things like almond butter and other nut butters.

Wow, what a long time to learn to eat foods.

Chocolate and bread!

Friday, June 10th, 2005

So, a little more info. That list is pretty long. I didn’t add them all at once, but I’ve been a bit more daring with my foods recently.

We went out of town 5/20 and while we were gone I wasn’t religious about foods, but I tried to be careful. I kept eating oatmeal for breakfast (added oats May 11th) since I was pretty sure that was OK.

The rash from the OJ cleared up pretty quickly, it was bright red diaper rash and it looked like it hurt. On 5/15 I added corn, had a serving with dinner, a serving the next day for lunch, and no reaction. But I understand wheat and corn can sometimes take time to build up in the system before having a reaction.

May 17 was a really bad day. Lauren was just fussy and screaming a lot and refusing to nap, and I was pretty worn down from it all. I was also having company on Weds. afternoon so we were trying to clean up some around the house. I broke down and took a huge bite out of a chocolate bar. Bitter dark ogranic choc, so no dairy or soy or anything else. I had 2 ounces. She was ok the next day so I had 2 more ounces. Then *I* had a reaction! My face broke out and I was hot and flushed, I felt like I had a sunburn. I was also working on the nurse-in and was talking to reporters, so it could have been nerves too.

Still no reaction to chocolate on Thursday, so Thursday night I baked a loaf of bread. I found deli turkey at Trader Joe’s that is nitrate and dairy free (whoda thunkit that deli meat is made w/dairy!) and had a sandwich on Friday. YUM! So wheat was the new food for the weekend.

Like I said, we went out of town, so I was careful but not fanatical. Friday night dinner was on my menu – corn, chicken, yams, etc.
Sat. breakfast was oatmeal, lunch I had a chicken sandwich with lettuce and onion on a regular bun (most “regular” store breads have a trace amount of soy or dairy in them), and french fries w/catsup. Everything was ok. Had some more chocolate too. Dinner was leftovers from the night before, so it was all safe, and I continued to eat my loaf of bread.

Sunday we had a trip to the doggie ER for Zoe, and then we ate out for lunch. The people at Bravo were really accomdodating about making my meal. They grilled all of the veggies w/o sauce or butter, and substituted things as well. I had some lettuce w/vinegar and oil, and grilled asparagus and greenbeans.

No major reactions. Yaay!

Monday 5/23 we went out with Russ and MaryJo, and I had beer battered fish (no dairy in beer batter!) and fries and salad. Again no reaction :)

I got a craving for junk food, and wouldn’t you know it, there is no dairy or soy in McDonald’s fries or the new chicken selects. Since I’d had wheat for a few days w/o any issues, I had junk for lunch. It was Ryan’s birthday so I brought him some junk too. Mmmm!

5/25 I had lunch with Dianna and Mariana at Boston Market. They have turkey, the baked apples are made w/o butter, and I had baked veggies (again, no dairy). The manager was nice and looked up a lot of it for me.

Gosh, I ate out a lot that week. Thursday Amy and I had Panera with the kids at the park. I had grapes for the first time, and I looked on the Panera site for info. Their sourdough is ok, and I’m guessing the turkey deli might have been regular deli, but it didn’t seem to bother Lauren too much. And I had some pickles.

Friday Nona and I had lunch, and again I had beer battered fish (two servings w/o reactions!), more fries, and some salad. I had watermellon at Nona’s house too, which is pretty low on the allergy scale.

5/28 I had canned peaches, no problem. I’ve had fresh ones since then, and it’s all ok with Lauren.

On 5/29 I noticed that the flakey skin on her eyebrows was back but it was pretty mild. I suspect either corn or wheat, but since it’s very mild I’m going to wait and see. It’s not gotten any worse, and not as bad as it was before I started the diet. After I have a little more to eat, I’ll go back and cut out corn for 2 weeks and then if that doesn’t work, I’ll cut out wheat for 2 weeks.

5/30 we had Ryan’s bday celebration with his family. I had some chocolate cake that grandma made. I have no idea what was in the cake, most box mixes have dairy and/or soy in them, and I had some of the icing too, which I’m guessing was a canned icing. Lauren was REALLY spitting up a lot the next day, but didn’t seem to be in pain or have a rash. On 5/31 I had a dessert with cinnamon on it, and although cinnamon is high on the allergen list, she seemed ok.

I still haven’t had melon, strawberries, pork, beef, or eggs. I guess there were probably eggs in the cake, but I haven’t had a serving of eggs.

Lauren was still very spitty on 6/1, but not too fussy. Friday 6/3 we celebrated Ryan and my mom’s birthdays. I had beef for the first time, we had steak fajitas made with flank steak. I also had cake, but no icing this time. Ate the leftover fajitas for lunch the next day, no major reactions!

I’ve had a lot of Trader Joe’s and Giant Eagle (Nature’s Basket) turkey sandwiches recently. It’s nice to make some toast and have a sandwich.

Organic raisins are made w/o nitrates too. So they are just dried grapes. I have dried apples here too. Nice to snack on. Almost like eating junk food.

Over the weekend I had a chicken and herb sausage that had a pork casing. Lauren wasn’t really thrilled with that. I suspect it’s the pork as I’ve cooked with the herbs that were in it before. I also had some bacon on Sunday, and that was ok, so I wonder if it’s cured vs. uncured meat?

6/7 we had lunch at Nate’s Deli, a Middle Eastern place downtown. I had a chicken and garlic sandwich that had mayo, and hummus, and everything was ok. Tabulee salad too, yaay!

6/8 I ate 1/2 a bowl of Mexican Meatball Soup, which has pork and beef and salsa in it. Lauren was really fussy on Thursday but was not spitting up tons, so again, I think it is pork. We’re going to put pork in the reaction list for now, we’ll reinvestigate it later.

6/9 we had flank steak sandwiches, with onion and bell peppers. Yummy. So far, so good. Also had a bit of melon.

I bought some new produce yesterday – cherries and raspberries. I really want to try both, but should do it one at a time. Maybe raspberries tonight for dessert.

The chiropractor also says that Lauren’s back is really in better shape. Lauren used to fuss a bit when she worked between her shoulder blades, but she’s ok with it now. She isn’t giggling when that part of her back is touched, but she’s not fussing either. Progress is a good thing!

Ryan, Zoe and Lauren just went out for a walk. I’m going to sit quietly and eat raspberries until they return.

What I can eat…

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

So it’s been a little while since I posted about what I’ve been eating.

Here’s the short list of things we’ve tried.

green beans
grilled asparagus
grilled veggies (green beans, squash, and carrots)
catsup
wheat (made my own bread)
corn
deli turkey (the good stuff, processed w/o dairy or nitrates)
chocolate
oats
watermellon
fish
french fries
chicken strips at McD’s
turkey at Panera
turkey at BostonMarket
sprite
lettuce
onion
vinegar
pickles
grapes
canned peaches
raisins
tiny bits of tomato

No citrus.

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

Sat. 5/14
Well we have a reaction. Lauren has diaper rash, and I’m bummed, because it’s from orange juice. I had a cup of juice last night, and no more juice for me for a while. We have to wait for everything to clear up again before I can add another food.

Still boring meals.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

Tues. 5/10

Finally went back to the store yesterday and got some more puffed millet. It’s definatly bland, but way better than puffed rice. Had a pear with my cereal for breakfast.

Lunch was turkey and a baked potato, some pear/apple juice, and a banana in the afternoon.

And chicken again! Yes, chicken for dinner. Yum. I keep looking at the list of foods and trying to decide what to add next. I think I’ll add in a new food tomorrow night. Chocolate? Orange juice? Eggs? who knows.

Banana!

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Mon. 5/9
We slept in so breakfast was a banana. I can’t begin to describe how nice it is to just grab a banana on the way out the door and eat it. I miss orange juice too, maybe I’ll have to try citrus soon.

And lunch was chips and chicken. Yes, chicken!! Woohoo! Of course it’ll be back to turkey for dinner, but that’s ok.

Sun. 5/8
Happy Mama Day to me.

Breakfast in bed, thanks to Ryan, puffed rice and a pear. For lunch I had some turkey noodle soup and a big glass of apple-pear juice, and we headed out for an afternoon of visiting.

Dinner was at Ryan’s aunt’s house, the guys/kids were in charge of making dinner for the moms. They made chicken (mine plain) and I had Ryan toss an apple in foil on the grill, it was a yummy treat while everyone else had chocolate cake and other goodies.

New food:
Grilled chicken has never tasted so good. And so far Lauren seems OK with bananas. That’s a good thing.