Did eliminating dairy work for you?

Kelly - posted on 12/26/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 5 wk old ds has been diagnosed with reflux after having all the symptoms, vomiting, pain, arching, feeding almost all day, choking, coughing, hiccups and crying in pain for hours etc.. He is on zantac but is still in pain and hates having the medicine.
I've heard a lot of stories of people eliminating dairy from their diet which has helped their baby. I am a big lover of dairy and have it all the time. Do you think it would help to take it out of my diet? I think it would be extremely hard for me to cut it out but I don't like my ds being in so much pain.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Sue - posted on 02/16/2010

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Hi again, as long as bub is gaining weight, dont worry about the feeding thing. My boy who is nearly 10 months went through a bad stage of vomitting up all his solids. I had to take him off solids for abouta month to let his stomach settle down. He didnt throw up his milk though. He just had a barium meal, we see the pediatrician on 22nd Feb. The dr that did the test said everything seemed normal, so probably 'just' reflux??!!
As far as the dairy goes, as little as one teaspoon can effect bub, but if you are having some at night and it doesnt seem to effect him, then go for it. Only you will know if it is causing him pain, and you are his mother so you know what works best for both of you! Great that he is sleeping through the night for you, doesnt it make such a difference to how you feel?
In my experience, the dosage of his medicine may need to be changed as he grows, but only if you notice the effects of his reflux are getting worse. Lots of babies start to grow out of reflux by the time they are sitting, crawling and have strengthened up their tummy muscles enough, and therefore an increase is not necessary. Of course, i am not a doctor... You are the best judge of how bub is travelling, so trust yourself and talk to the dr if you have concerns.
When I stopped breast feeding at 6 months i got quite sick and forgot to give Rhys his medicine for a week end. That is when everything turned bad for us and took about 3 months to get his reflux back under control. althought the big chucks have stopped, he still does the painful reflux chucks, just not nearly as often as before.
Not sure how you are going with tummy time, Rhys hated it because he always had such a sore tummy. If you can, really try to get him used to it as that is how they stregthen their muscles and it all may help. Again, this is all just my opinion and our experiences with this nasty reflux business!! Good luck!!

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Kelly - posted on 02/15/2010

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Thanks for your replies. I have cut it out as much as I can though occasionally will have a glass of milk when he's gone to sleep for the night as I crave it so badly. He was doing a lot better with it and has been sleeping through the night for about 4/5 weeks now.
Now I am finding that he takes the medicine with hardly any complaints but he wants to eat less and throws up all the time again. I feed him about 5 times a day which I think isn't much at all as he is only 12 weeks and some of the feeds he doesn't seem interested in eating. Is this normal?
Also do I need to get the dosage for his medicine changed as he grows?

Sue - posted on 01/13/2010

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Hi Kelly, I am new here and this is my first post. My boy is nearly 9 months old and has terrible reflux and is dairy intollerant. I cut dairy out of my diet when he was about 14 weeks old and he was a new baby! no crying, sleeping better feeding better (so much more relaxed), just generally happy!! Took about 5 days to see the benefits but it was so worth it in the end.
On top of the reflux though he had constant diaorrea (excuse the spelling) every feed and upto 10-15 times a day and blood in his poo's. All of that stopped after the 5 days of no dairy too. amazing!
Cutting dairy out was SO SO SO hard, but if it works for bub it makes it easy!

Jennifer - posted on 12/30/2009

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YES, and YES!!!

Sorry to say. Former dair lover here, as I sit now with my Rice milk and cereal. It is soooooo worth it. Now on our 3rd child with doing no dairy (and no soy), and WHAT a difference.

For our Reflux child though, it did help hugely, but the reflux doesn't go away. His stomach is so sensitive, that it seems only a few foods do well for him (2 years old).



The diet is so hard on mommy, for shopping, budgeting, and cooking most things from scratch. But hopefully your child will grow out of it sometime.



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