Dairy free diet

Jo - posted on 05/05/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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After trying every single cream avaliable we finally had hit the end of our teather. Everything works for 2 weeks then just stops...so frustrating.
We took our boy to a skin clinic and they have told us to give him a dairy free diet, no processed meats, lots of green vegies, no citrus and so on.
Just wondering if anyone else has had any luck with this diet and any food suggestions would be greatly appreciated as its getting very hard to feed him.
Thanks

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Dominique - posted on 04/11/2011

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@Mujou -- I agree with Megan. Goat's milk still has several proteins in common with cow's milk so the majority of people who are allergic to cow's milk are allergic to goat's milk. Also, 50% of infants and children that are allergic to cow's milk are allergic to soy. Talk to an allergist about suitable formulas to help you figure out what your baby is allergic too.

Megan - posted on 03/16/2011

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Mujou - I am glad to hear that your son's eczema is improving but you may want to try a different formula again. More than one allergist has advised me that something like 90% of people who are allergic to cow's milk will also react to goat's milk. Perhaps a soy based formula for a while might help you determine if this is the case.

Mujou - posted on 03/16/2011

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My son is 15 weeks old now and he started having Eczema around 6 weeks. I was breastfeeding at the time with formula as supplement so I cut out dairy in my diet for two weeks and also started supplementing him with goat's milk formula instead of cow's milk. He still has Eczema now but his skin condition is definitely improving. Winter time is the time when Eczema prone skin breaks out the most, so what we do is:

1. humidifier in his room, always on when he's sleeping.
2. try keeping the temperature inside the house between 70F-74F so it's warm but not over-drying his skin
3. I apply Mustela's Stelatopia moisturizing cream on him twice daily (in the morning and after his bath while he is still damp)
4. vacuum & mop at least once a week

At this point, we are not 100% sure that his Eczema is caused by dairy, but by cutting out the dairy in his diet, his skin is clearing so we wanted to keep his diet dairy-free. Also since I have allergy to dust and dust mites myself and it could be a possible cause for his skin irritation, I try to clean as much as I can, too.

Dominique - posted on 02/06/2011

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Took us until my son was 8 months old to figure out he had a milk allergy. I was breastfeeding him at the time and cut out all dairy products from my diet. (I miss my ice cream, cheese and pizza) It was totally worth it though. Within 2 weeks his acid reflux died down and within three weeks his eczema was clearly improving. He's 16-months old now and just has small patches that appear and disappear on his legs and neck. (He's allergic to soy, egg whites and peanuts as well.) But cutting out dairy products made all the difference in the world. Please give it a try and stick with it for one month. If nothing changes then you can always go back.

FYI: Cow's milk allergy is the most common food allergy in infants and young children.

Melina - posted on 11/29/2010

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Vanicream includes the following ingredients, Purified Water, White Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Sorbitol Solution, Propylene Glycol, Simethicone, Glyceryl Monostearte, Polyethylene Glycol Monostearate, Sorbic Acid and BHT
If you take the time to google you will see that this cream will clog the pours and incubate bacteria due to the petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol is a mixture of alcohol's that keep the product mixed. It is also derived form animal by product. Ceteareth-20 is a toxin and considered unsafe. Sorbitol Solution should not be used if you have food allergies.
Since you are unsure what this is I would say by the definition of ingredients that this product is unsafe!!!! I use Arbonne products as it is pure and safe. If you want more info on this e-mail me and I will get a sample to you asap!!!
melee_8@yahoo.com.
Sometimes advice is great however looking it up yourself always proves to be better. With my kids that creams thta were suggested from their dr's were not safe for my children and now they recommend Arbonne!
Mel

Megan - posted on 11/25/2010

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Hi Jo - I am an Aussie Mum too. I found Advantan Fatty Ointment to work the best for my son. Ointments seem to work better than creams as they help hydrate more. My son was diagnosed with food allergies at 6 months and had no egg, dairy, peanut, (and until after 1 sesame or soy). He still cannot eat red meat unless it is well done.

How old is your son? Have you had him prick tested for food and environmental allergies? My son reacted to peanut in my breastmilk and I could not get his skin to clear up until I had removed peanut from my diet.

I also gave my son lots of baths as they calmed him and then just moisturised heaps afterwards.

Good Luck.

Melina - posted on 05/10/2010

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Myself and my kids are on a dairy and gluten free diet... With the citrus you have to be careful... strawberries have brown fuzz on them..... I see that your little guy is really red... I found that staying away from kiwi, oranges, clementines, pineapple, cauliflower, brussels sprouts. I have done this with 2 kids now if you have any questions contact me melee_8@yahoo.com

Jo - posted on 05/07/2010

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Thanks. That sounds like a good cream but Ive never heard of it here in Australia. :(
How does the light therapy work??

Mary - posted on 05/07/2010

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Try Vanicream. Our dermatologist recommended it. We personally buy it at Walgreens, they're the only ones who keep it stocked on the shelves.

Our son is on a dairy free diet, but thats mostly due to the fact that he is allergic to all dairy. But when he was an infant, we went dairy free before he was food allergy tested at 10mths old. There was some improvement but definitely not a cure all for us. We've also struggle w/ something working for 2wks then just stopping. Vanicream has helped the most. If applied twice a day, every day, our son's skin looks really good. We even put it on his eyelids (a place that commonly "cracks"). They also have a bar soap, a lite lotion, shampoo, and other toiletries. We use the bar soap and the 1lb tub of cream (which comes w/ a pump).
I read the fish oil supplements are supposed to be helpful, but our son is also allergic to fish & shellfish so we haven't tried it. Lil' Critters vitamin company makes a gummy supplement. We use their gummy mult-vitamin and gummy calcium. They taste like gummy bears, gluten-free, and easy to take. Some suggest a wheat free, gluten free diet to help w/ eczema as well. We're already on this diet due to food allergies. Every child and eczema case is different unfortunately. What works for one doesn't work for another. My husband and I are constantly told by well meaning friends and strangers what "cured" their so and so's child from eczema. Its frustrating. We've also done light therapy or photo therapy w/ narrow band UVB rays, which worked wonders, just costly. Good Luck to you!

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