Dr. Sears Elimination Diet?

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Registered: 09-20-2005
Dr. Sears Elimination Diet?
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Tue, 04-25-2006 - 2:49pm
The ped thought my DS had a milk allergy, but 4 weeks of no dairy whatsoever, and his stools are still all wrong. However he is less gassy so I believe he does have a milk problem, now it's just finding out what else bothers him. This is day 2 of Dr. Sears' elimination diet. Has anyone else tried this, and how long did it take you (if ever) to find out what the problem was? TIA.
Devon with Asher 3-16-06

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Tue, 04-25-2006 - 2:52pm

While waiting for those who have done the Sears Elimination Diet, can you share more detail about baby's diapers? What's *wrong* with them?


What are your nursing patterns like? (one breast or both & if both, how long per side?)


And, do you have ample supply of milk or forceful letdown?

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Registered: 05-03-2004
Tue, 04-25-2006 - 7:30pm

Oh, I am so sorry you are going through this. I have BTDT. At 3 months my DS started with the green, mucousy stools then the blood showed up. I eliminated soy and dairy but nothing happened. Then did the Dr. Sears diet for weeks and still no real difference. The blood was always in flecks and maybe tiny streaks but the blood was only in some of the diapers. He was having a BM 7-10 times a day. We saw pediatricians and GI ped specialists. Some told us to switch to formula others were supportive in me continuing to breastfeed. My DS was not in any obvious pain and was growing very well. So, I continued to breastfeed and keep the top 8 allergens out of my diet. The last GI ped doc we saw said that he felt like my DS had benign lymphonodular hyperplasia. He was never scoped but the doctor felt like it was just something that my DS would outgrow.....and he was right. I did block feed to try to help his intestines heal. I am not sure if I had a hind milk/fore milk imbalance but after block feeding and maturing of his intestines I can proudly say that he is better!! It took a long time for him to heal and after he did I added things back into my diet. He was about 7-8 months old before I started eating most anything. But at 11 months old I am eating whatever I want and my DS is doing great. I feel like we are a success story. I hope you can find a supportive physcian. It was rough being on the diet but I made it through. Looking back it was not so bad. Good luck to you and your little one.

Jennifer and Logan 5-25-05

Jennifer

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Wed, 04-26-2006 - 1:06pm
DS's diapers are yellow-orange and mucusy. They are not solid nor seedy whatsoever; it is just only mucus. That is why the ped thought he has a milk allergy. They were green until I started block feeding to correct a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. Once I started block feeding they turned from green to yellow-orange. I also have a forceful let-down which when I let-down I do it in a towel until it slows enough for DS to handle it. His ped is not supportive of bf-ing at all, and due to insurance we can't go to another one; we have to travel an hour just to see her. DS is gaining weight well; he is 10lb 1 oz at 5 weeks, and was 8lb 15oz at birth.
Devon with Asher 3-16-06

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Wed, 04-26-2006 - 1:17pm

I'm sure Paula will be back with more infomation. These might be helpful to her, as well.


Have you done 'uphill' nursing as well to help with the supply/letdown (see link below)?

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Wed, 04-26-2006 - 3:34pm
I have done uphill feeding and it works well. We've been blockfeeding for two weeks now. Asher eats every 2-3 hours so I do 2 feedings on the right, then the next two feedings on the left and so on. He will eat for about 30 min per feeding. I did contact LLL for help and she basically told me it was trial and error on figuring out what is making his poop mucusy. I told DH I will get down to cardboard and water if that is what I have to eat to keep Asher healthy and happy :-) Thanks for your help!
Devon

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Wed, 04-26-2006 - 5:13pm

Does it look sorta like raw scrabled eggs? If so, this may not be "abnormal"; or

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Registered: 09-20-2005
Wed, 04-26-2006 - 8:16pm
It does look sort of like raw scrambled eggs. He does have a rash on his face, shoulders, and chest, stuffy nose/congestion, and diaper rash. His ped said he had a sinus infection and a double ear infection and put him on some abx and told me to put hydrocortisone cream on the rash. I thought he is a little young for abx but oh well. There is one family doctor in our area but she does not have good reviews from other moms and from people who work with her. One thing though since we have been on elimination diet for 3 days now, Asher only has 4 or 5 stools a day instead of 10+. I hope this is a good sign. Thanks for your help!

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Wed, 04-26-2006 - 9:28pm

Hi-


If baby is on antibiotics (is that what abx meant?) you'll want to be careful that you don't get a yeast infection (thrush). Make sure you're eating lots of yougurt with live active cultures, and you may want to give baby some acidolphus. More info here:


http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/thrush/preventing-thrush.html


Get back to us with any questions you have :)


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