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October 18th, 2010, 03:45 AM
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My 12 week old daughter has a milk protein and soy protein allergy. also severe reflux. We have just started the nutramigin formula and organic rice cereal. But she has thrown up three times since starting it. I am calling the doc again tomorrow. I need advice. What are your experiences with your childrens food allergies? How did you deal with the stress?
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October 18th, 2010, 07:55 PM
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I'm so sorry about what you're going through with your newborn. I exclusively breastfed my kids so I don't know much about formula. I've only heard of Alimentum mentioned with other babies who've been allergic to regular formula - but again since I breastfed, I don't really know much about it.

Did you start the formula and the rice cereal at the same time? Perhaps only give her the formula and see how she reacts then? I've also never given my babies any solids until they were 6mths old. I think I might have even skipped the rice cereal with my FA child. I made my own and then went straight to fruits and veggies.

Yes, it's very stressful, esp in the beginning when you're trying to figure things out. It takes time but with experience you will learn what you can feed your DD and what you cannot. I think it helps to focus on what you can feed them instead of thinking about what you cannot.

My son is almost 5 and I don't think I will ever stop stressing over him and his multiple food allergies. But it does get easier.

Good luck!
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October 18th, 2010, 08:35 PM
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I am definatly afraid she will have more food allergies because of her lactose intolerance. Thank you for your advice. Im just going to keep at it. I guess that is all I can do. and be on the look out for signs of other food allergies as she tries more foods.
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October 19th, 2010, 09:27 AM
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Hi Kathryn! It is hard when they are so little because there are so many things that could be causing symptoms. Many times a milk protein allergy accompanies a soy protein allergy; the proteins are similar and the body will often attack them in similar ways. I know I have heard reference of a milk and soy free formula, but it is prescription only, and I think it is pretty expensive. You may could ask the doctor what he/she thinks. He/she may feel like the issues aren't severe enough for that at the time.

When you do start introducing foods, I would move very slowly, like 1 food for 2 weeks instead of the usual 1 week. Sometimes reactions will not show up immediately, and you don't want to be in a position where you don't know what caused it. I hope this helps a little, and we are more than willing to try and support you Anytime you have a question we will try and help.
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October 19th, 2010, 10:51 AM
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I am definatly afraid she will have more food allergies because of her lactose intolerance. Thank you for your advice. Im just going to keep at it. I guess that is all I can do. and be on the look out for signs of other food allergies as she tries more foods.
Dealing with some of this too. We are using Alimentum to supplement breastfeeding, but she only takes a tiny bit of that today. I am eliminating dairy and soy from my diet as well. This is actually the protein your baby is having problems with verses the lactose in milk (not that it matters as far as taking care of the problem). The good news is a lot of babies outgrow this. The reflux may be the bigger problem of the two. Have they tried her on Zantac or anything else for the reflux. I'd give it a little more time to see if you see improvements.
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