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March 21st, 2011, 01:07 PM
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Hello,

I just posted this in my PR and I my fellow July '10 PR member, Shannon, recommended I try here.

Juliana started solids about 2 months ago at 5 1/2 months. She had some problems with gas and constipation initially with just apples and other seemingly benign foods. Things got better after a week or two and then recently got much worse.

She has been waking up around 3 am in obvious discomfort, with lots of gas and sometimes spitting up, and just overall seeming very uncomfortable. She prefers being upright, which made me think congestion, but I think maybe it also helps her tummy to be in a certain position. Sometimes she'll fuss pretty badly and when I set her in her upright bed, she'll fall right to sleep. Other times, she's still uncomfortable and needs to be walked around for over an hour. She also has the "ring-around-the-a-hole" all of a sudden, even though she's never had diaper rash.

We started giving her yogurt about a week ago, and that seems to be about when she started getting these issues. I have a feeling she's sensitive to cow's milk. Some sources say babies can have yogurt at 6 months and others say to wait until 9. Maybe we should have waited until 9.

I suppose another possibility could be wheat. We've been giving her things with wheat for a while, but the other night before a bad episode, she had had tons of cheerios.

Do these sound like symptoms of food allergies?
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March 21st, 2011, 08:49 PM
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Oh yah. We founf out about Danny's milk allergy at 3 weeks old. He did the gassy, screaming thing for pretty much the three weeks before we found out. It was passed through my BM. Check the labels on ALL baby food. Most of it has milk in it. I would try eliminating her to just BM or formula then add a food at a time. If you are BF then take milk out of your diet. You can try taking wheat out but that one is really something that you need the test for because if celiac's is a concern there is no easy way to eliminate gluten from your or her diet...
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March 22nd, 2011, 05:40 AM
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Oh yah. We founf out about Danny's milk allergy at 3 weeks old. He did the gassy, screaming thing for pretty much the three weeks before we found out. It was passed through my BM. Check the labels on ALL baby food. Most of it has milk in it. I would try eliminating her to just BM or formula then add a food at a time. If you are BF then take milk out of your diet. You can try taking wheat out but that one is really something that you need the test for because if celiac's is a concern there is no easy way to eliminate gluten from your or her diet...
Thanks. I'm thinking it must be a fairly mild milk allergy because I never noticed issues until she started having the foods herself, although I've never been a huge dairy consumer (I don't drink milk but I have maybe one yogurt or cup of cottage cheese per day) and she's also never been a good sleeper, so there may have been something going on all along that we didn't notice. I guess I'll try and go all out with no dairy for either of us for 2 weeks and see what happens.
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March 27th, 2011, 02:08 PM
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Hi! That does sound a lot like food allergies-just FYI though; if I remember correctly, when BF, it can take up to six weeks of no dairy to get it all out of your system and hers. You could also try keeping a food diary for her to cross check stuff-or just save all the labels and cross check those for common ingredients.
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March 31st, 2011, 10:05 AM
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It hasn't even been 2 weeks but she's doing SO much better. Last night, she slept a 6 hour stretch and the night before she slept a 5 hour stretch. Before that, she was waking every hour in obvious discomfort!

I did take dairy out of my diet, but it just occurred to me that I've been drinking whey protein shakes and eating whey protein bars constantly. I'm wondering if this type of protein is ok because of the way it's processed, or maybe is she only sensitive to dairy in her own diet?
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April 1st, 2011, 04:38 PM
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If she isn't fussy or having anymore issues I would continue the way that you are. If she is still having any symptoms of gassiness or fussiness I would cut those out and see if that helps her more.
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