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Old 01-06-2012, 06:20 PM   #1
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Total Elimination Diet Experiences please

Hey mamas! It was recommended to me today to try the Total Elimination Diet because DS has terrible gas and sleep issues out the wazoo lol. I'm more than willing to do this incredibly restrictive diet if it might help him, but I would love to hear some experiences. Tell me the good things that could come of this so I don't dread our trip to the grocery store tomorrow so get these particular foods.

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Old 01-06-2012, 06:57 PM   #2
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I know what it's like to have a baby with food allergies. If your LO has food allergies and you can idrntify and eliminate them it could be the difference between night and day in his issues/behavior. OR it could be only a slight improvement. If it were me I would start with only dairy or maybe dairy and gluten. I would cut those out completely for 3-4 weeks then go from there. GL!
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:28 PM   #3
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I've cut dairy soy and gluten. Dairy was a big issue. Soy and gluten seemed fine. I think TED is the right decision I'm just hoping someone can tell me how great it was for them and their baby.
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Re: Total Elimination Diet Experiences please

I did a TED with DS and discovered that on top of dairy he was also sensitive to eggs and tomatoes, I wouldn't have found out with out the TED. It was so worth it in our case because DS didn't need any reflux meds like the Dr. had wanted to put him on and he was so much happier and easier to feed. Honestly the diet wasn't that bad either just as long as I kept food I knew I could eat on hand. Once I discovered the things he was sensitive to I found good replacements for the foods I couldn't have and honestly I felt the healthiest I ever have (I think that dairy doesn't completely agree with me either) and not to mention I lost all of the baby weight plus some! Good luck and way to go for doing what is best for your little one!
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The longest 2 weeks of my life. I pretty much ate oatmeal, made with water and some sugar, for 2 weeks. It made absolutely no difference for dd. She was horribly gassy and "colicky" with no explanation or findable cause her entire first 6 months of like. After that it SLOWLY got better. She's 3 1/2 and still has a very sensitive stomach (just like her daddy). I hope you have better results in finding a cause.

Eta: I still think it was completely worth doing the ted. If nothing else, it made me feel better that I wasn't "causing" dd's pain from something I was eating. That was a huge relief and lift of guilt. You can do it mama!
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I did Ted with my son (now 3) and although it was BLAND, it wasn't horrible and I discovered that in addition to dairy and soy, my LO was sensitive to walnuts...cutting out those items (and doing osteopathic therapy) changed our lives! He went from screaming and gassy to calm and relaxed and it was such a relief. Good luck!
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We'd done AgG blood tests for food sensitivities while I was pregnant... So when we hit these issues, instead of total elimination, I just took out the foods Dad was sensitive to, and that did the trick.

Ours was a fingerprick test, you can get them online and send them in yourself if you aren't up for a trip to the doc. It's about $125 each but hypoallergenic food is also expensive.
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Re: Total Elimination Diet Experiences please

DS has reflux, has had a posterior tongue tie and lip tie repaired twice and has a submucosal cleft palete all of which could be contributing to his gas. I honestly don't really suspect food allergies other than to peaches. Dairy doesn't agree with him in large quantities. He has had a stuffy/runny nose for a bit now and that is concerning because he has poor swallowing and it chokes him up at night and gives him issues with apnea and low heart rate. I'm hoping the TED will either confirm there isn't a food issue at hand, or show me what to stay away from to help poor DS out a bit.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:55 AM   #9
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We did it and I loved it more than hated it. We did Rice, Turkey and pears to start. Some positives besides a happier baby was weight loss, more energy for me, and I slept better for some reason. Her congestion cleared up and she started to smile!! We did it around 31/2 months and it did take me a month to actually get her poop normal but we saw improvement in her congestion within a week!! Ironically, there are days now I willingly eat my turkey, rice, pears as a comfort food. We used the Jenni O ground turkey 93/7 and the cutlets. Another plus was I started enjoying the good foods like pears, apples fresh veggies more since I emlinated all the crap food we ate. It is worth it and BTW in case you hadn't heard - Oreos are dairy free!!! That and rice milk (because Almond and Soy milk contain allergens) saved me. lol I also owe a big debt to Aummismom (Natasha) who was an angel and answered SOOOOO many questions for me. Good luck and prayers for a comforted baby soon!
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After checking it our further with specialist, dairy can take 6 weeks to exit your system.

I am currently dairy, soy, egg and nut free. Dh was showing improvement after about 4 weeks and much better around 3 months, around 7 weeks after I gave up the foods. Now at four months it is amazing he is not that baby who used to scream for 19 + hours a day (really, I thought it would never end)

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