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Old 09-13-2008, 12:19 PM   #1
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Elimination diet needed?

I am not sure if this is the right forum but...

My DD has been throwing up a bit more than normal lately and I believe it is because of different things that I eat. I already know that I have to stear clear of milk products, but I think there is other stuff that is bugging her tummy too.

How do you go about doing an elimination diet? How do you go about becoming a "crunchy" mama? I need to work on eating better so that she eats healthier once she starts eating solids!


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Old 09-13-2008, 12:35 PM   #2
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Re: Elimination diet needed?

have you checked search elimination diet for tips

Has she been checked by a dr tho? How old is she? Spitting up is typically something you see go away in the first few months. If she's still throwing up, I'd want to be sure there's not a medical explanation for it too. HTH!!!
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Re: Elimination diet needed?

I had good success with a vegetarian version of the elimination diet recommended by Dr. Sears - I discovered that my son is sensitive to dairy and wheat proteins. Doing the elimination diet also helped me clean up my eating habits in general, so I'm now eating more fresh fruits, tons of veggies, and easy-to-handle cooked proteins and carbs like lentils, rice, corn, and beans. I also use hemp milk instead of rice or soy milk so I can get more Omega 3 and 6 oils into my diet. Look for wonderful Greek, Mexican, and Lebanese recipes to give you lots of variety. I think doing the elimination diet and then staying on a low-toxin diet afterwards combined with breastfeeding really helped me get back into pre-pregnancy clothes in a hurry, and my son no longer has to suffer through the reflux, gas, and excessive spitting up.

I'm new to DS and can't post the link to an article about the elimination diet on the Dr. Sears website, but try this: type in your http, followed by www dot askdrsears dot com slash html slash 4 slash T041200.asp. If that doesn't work, I'm copying the text of the article below.


This is a diet that Martha recommends in her lactation-counseling practice whenever she suspects a baby's colic could be caused by sensitivities to food in a breastfeeding mother's diet. This diet was developed by William G. Crook, M.D. (Detecting Your Hidden Allergies, Jackson, Tenn: Professional Books, 1987), and it has several variations, depending on how bothersome the symptoms are. The elimination diet we use is based on eating the least allergenic food in each of the food groups. You may need to do this for two weeks since it can take this long for the offending foods to get out of your system and baby's system. Here is the variation we find helps mothers get the quickest, surest relief for their hurting babies:
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* Eat only range-fed turkey and lamb, baked or boiled potatoes and sweet potatoes (with salt and pepper only), rice and millet as your only grain, cooked green and yellow squash for your vegetable, and for fruit, pears and diluted pear juice. Drink a rice-based beverage drink in place of milk on cereal or in cooking. Do not yet use soy beverage. Take a calcium supplement. (Rice products, such as rice beverage, rice-based frozen dessert, rice pasta, rice flour, and millet are available in nutrition stores.)

* At the end of two weeks, or sooner if the colic subsides, gradually add other foods to your diet, one every four days, starting with those less commonly allergenic (such as sunflower seeds, carrots, beets, salmon, oats, grapes, avocado, peaches). Wait a while before you add wheat, beef, eggs, nuts, and corn. Avoid for the longest time dairy products, soy products, peanuts, shellfish, coffee, tea, colas and other beverages containing caffeine, chocolate, gas-producing vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onions, green peppers), tomatoes, and citrus fruits. Vegetables and fruits are often tolerated in cooked form sooner than in raw form.

* Keep a record of the foods you eat and the problem behaviors; try to correlate baby's fussy spells with what you've eaten in the past day or so. This gives you a clearer perspective and helps you stay objective, which is hard to do when you are sleep-deprived. This is especially important when baby has stayed fussy past four months of age.

Do not starve yourself. It may feel, the first day or two, as though there is not enough for you to eat; but you can still eat a nutritious diet. You just have to eat more of the "safe" types of food until you determine what your baby can tolerate.

Colicky babies usually respond to mother's diet changes dramatically and quickly, often within one or two days. With the older baby who is nightwaking, you may have to wait longer to see results. Typically, mothers will find that when they change their diet baby may sleep better for a few nights only to start waking again a lot for a few days or a week or so, at which time the sleep again improves. It's important to know this so that you will not be tempted to give up when you think "it's not working."

Older babies are often less sensitive to fruits and vegetables in mom's diet (and their own), so at this stage we recommend mainly protein elimination, namely dairy, beef, eggs, chicken, shellfish, soy, corn, wheat, and peanuts (plus any other foods you have learned bother baby). Research has shown that some foreign proteins get into some mothers' milk more than others', and of course some babies are more sensitive to these proteins than other babies.
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