HELP 14months and no dairy hard work???

Amie - posted on 09/15/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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we have just been told my son should be dairy free he was getting sick all the time and is really small for his age i would love some tips from other mothers in the same boat that have cutt dairy and how it worked for them.

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Amie - posted on 09/16/2010

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wow thank you so much for all of that im sure like with anything it will just take some time to work it all out but thanks again you reaaly put some time in to your A thanks again

Melissa - posted on 09/16/2010

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I don't have that problem but my chiropractic recommended me to give my son Rice or almond milk! He said it's better for their digestive system.

Sarh - posted on 09/16/2010

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Oh ok!! Depending on what he likes it may be hard. I don't think it is possible to be completely dairy free, you can try very hard, but don't beat yourself up! It does sound to be like it would be hard, but I live in Wisconsin. lol. Why does he need to be dairy free? If you don't mind me asking? Due to a lactose intolerance?? This makes a big difference.
I would avoid soy w/your son though, I have read many places that it is in fact bad for males to consume a "lot" of it (not necessarily at one time). Here are some dairy substitutes almond milk, apple, pear or prune puree, cheese alternatives (soy, rice), multi-grain milk, non-diary frozen desserts, oat milk, rice milk or soy milk. When baking, milk may be substituted, in equal amounts, with water or fruit juice.
If his intolerance is very bad here are some more "precautions". Some hidden sources of milk may include: deli meat slicers that are frequently used for both meat and cheese products; some brands of canned tuna fish that may contain casein, a milk protein; many non-dairy products that contain casein (a milk derivative), listed on the ingredient labels; some meats that may contain casein as a binder; and many restaurants that may put butter on steaks after they have been grilled to add extra flavor.
Also, those who follow a dairy free diet consume absolutely no dairy products. Many substitute rice and soy products. People may or may not eat meat, fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables depending on their reasons for a dairy free diet.

If he is having lactose problems here are a list of high-lactose foods and a little less.
The most common high-lactose foods include: Milk, milkshakes and other milk-based beverages, Whipping cream and coffee creamer, Ice cream, ice milk, sherbet, Cheese, Butter, Puddings, custards, Cream soups, cream sauces, Foods made with milk

Other foods that MAY contain lactose in smaller quantities include: Bread and baked goods, Milk chocolate, Salad dressings and sauces, Breakfast cereals and cereal bars, Instant potatoes, soups, rice and noodle mixes, Lunch meats, Candies and other snacks, Mixes for pancakes, biscuits and cookies, Margarine, Organ meats (such as liver), Sugar beats, peas, lima beans.
If your not sure how to tell if there is dairy in something...When buying food, read the ingredients on food labels carefully. Ingredients derived from milk that contain lactose include:

* Whey
* Casein
* Caseinates
* Lactose
* Nougat
* Butter
* Cheese
* Curds
* Milk by-products
* Nonfat dry milk
* Dry milk solids
* Dry milk powder

Sarh - posted on 09/16/2010

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First of all are you breast of formula feeding?!? This makes a BIG difference!
I am breast feeding my son. My fiancee and his mother are both lactose intolerant. My son was extremely gassy and in pain from it, so I cut out cows milk from my diet and I barely eat any dairy any more. My son is now 3 months old. About 2 weeks ago I was being a pig and ate about 1/2 a LITTLE cheesecake lol and I got a horrible tummy ache from my body going w/out dairy for so long I guess I became some what lactose intolerant. My son's sensitivity to cows milk is so bad I can't even consume the little bit of milk from a bowl of cereal (w/out drinking the left over milk, just from the amount that soaks into the cereal). At first it was so hard to cut chocolate milk out of my "diet" because I absolutely love it! And I have loved it since I was a little little girl! Plus, as much as I hate plain white milk... I LOVE cereal. So it was very hard and very tempting, but after the first few weeks, it pretty much became a habit to avoid such things.
If you are formula feeding... not so difficult they have formula w/out the cow's milk in it. Most babies grow out of this between 6 months to a year. I doubt my son will seeing as how his daddy and grandma are both really lactose intolerant.
If you ask me not hard work yet, but once he starts eating big people food (adult food), it will be hard, and it is kind of hard now because I am Wisconsin born and raised! And I still live here so cheese seriously goes on EVERYTHING! lol. We would put it on cereal and french toast if it tasted right! lol.
Not sure how else a 4 month old could get dairy (other then breast feeding and formula feeding). lol.

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