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Old 03-04-2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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Awhile back I started a dairy and gluten free diet to help my then 4 month old with his eczema issues. That lasted almost two weeks with some improvement but not totally free of the rash. DH ended up buying me a cheeseburger because he wasn't thinking and I just kind of gave up with trying to stay gluten and dairy free because I just wasn't getting the support I needed. But, now I am serious about giving it all up because I just can't stand to see my LO, now 7 mo, continuously try to scratch at his face every night when it's time to go to bed. I have to put socks on his hands and swaddle him to keep him from moving around so much and scratching himself in the middle of the night. One night I got so desperate I decided to put hydrocortisone (1%) on him and he slept for about 10 hours, no fussing, so I know that it's his itchiness that is waking him at night. I've decided to start from scratch to find out what foods are causing this allergic reaction. Here is the recommended route, from a fellow poster on this site, at AskDrSears that I am going to try: http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/fee...imination-diet. I know I can do it, I just haven't found any mamas in my neighborhood who are really supporting me in my decision. A lot of mamas who are not aware of this approach in my sphere of friends are saying,"Take the easy route- buy the kid this kind of formula!" Ok, I'm not totally against formula, but I don't want to just cave to formula if there is something in my diet that I can change to keep him eczema free. Besides, he does not like drinking from the bottle and I don't want to give him some kind of synthetic stuff when I know I can supply him with something that is so much healthier. Have you ever encountered this kind of negative feedback? So many people think I am being way too extreme by changing my diet. Seriously, it's not like I am starving myself! What do you say? How do you handle the constant lack of support? I'm thinking of never mentioning it again to this group of ladies because they all think I am way too "crunch".... HELP!

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Buying non GMO may help your sons allergies. My friends son had bad allergies and after switching to non GMO food he shows no signs of allergies!!

Hugs mama hang in there!!
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I am "THE" allergy mama. Our combined food allergies over myself and my 2 nurslings is over 30 items!

Going organic helped with some of them (so instead of 40, we're at 30). It is worth it, even when it is incredibly hard. You CAN do this!
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I did the same thing for my now 3 yr old. He had horrid excema. We had a prescription cream that helped to get rid of it along with the diet. My mom was constantly telling me I was too hard to feed and just give him formula. I refused and with places all having gluten/dairy free foods, it is easier than ever to switch over. I still eat many of the foods now as they are just good for you and tasty.
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You can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My LO was the exact same way with her little face It was terrible and was driving me crazy. I am ashamed to admit it took me much longer to cut dairy out then it should have but within a month her skin was completely cleared up and has remained that way! First off I say cut out that dairy!! It is in everything but there are also all kinds of amazing alternatives to make it easy for you to transition! My LO would break out from tons of stuff...eggs food coloring etc...once I got the dairy cleaned out of both of our systems she has now at 22 months been reaction free to everything that used to bother her. You will probably slip up here and there but its ok...just keep at it and it will for sure get easier. Plus once you start seeing your babys skin clear up it will be soo worth it! If you have any questions please pm me
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Thanks so much for the encouragement everyone! I started today and it has not been difficult, so long as my other two boys don't end up eating my food!
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Today is day three of TED and for the last two nights, he's been sleeping through the night- woohoo! I still see some rashiness around his face, but not sure if it's due to his drooling and sucking on wet socks or what. However, still celebrating the successes and a good night's sleep after four months of craziness! When did you all start introducing new foods to your diet? I am antsy to get some bananas or avocadoes back in my diet but I don't want to get started too early....
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I waited till my son was closer to 7 months before trying anything. His rashes were just too bad for me to risk it.
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