Starting blw with allergies- a moan

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Starting blw with allergies- a moan

Postby junglewonderland » 11 Aug 2015, 05:24

Jungle baby probably has some food allergies. He has blood in his poo and we will see some specialists about it in the next month. He is 6 months old this weekend so we will start blw but I'm really down about it. I loved the "he eats what we eat" thing of blw with Koala. He had allergies too but I wasn't expecting them and we found out as we went. This time I will have to just give low allergenic foods one at a time until we can see an allergist. Boo. Moan over.

How have others gone with allergy prone babies and blw?
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Re: Starting blw with allergies- a moan

Postby Riotproof » 11 Aug 2015, 10:35

No idea yet as we've just started.
So far she's happy with potato, banana, pear. I also tried chicken and lamb. And wheat has been introduced via bread sticks.
The biggun is going to be dairy. I am planning to look up and see if there is a best food to introduce it in. DS reacted to yoghurt. Maybe the protein in cheese would be more gentle?
For egg, I'm planning on just giving a bit if hard cooked yolk and seeing how we go.

I'm reassured by the fact that she's not got any ezcema. Ds's allergist said that babies with ezcema tend to be more likely to have allergies. Also, I've been trying to space out my diet.. The advice to eat everything, but not too much of any one thing is what I was told.
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Re: Starting blw with allergies- a moan

Postby elaruu » 11 Aug 2015, 11:02

Just another bit of reassurance for you. My eldest son was and still is allergic to dairy at age 6, and was allergic to egg but has outgrown that. Boy number 2 had periods of blood in poo early on. I cut out dairy when breastfeeding him at about 6 weeks I think, but started eating it again when he was around 4-5 months (I think!), and this didn't seem to affect him at all. I really can't remember exactly how I introduced dairy into his diet, but he was fine. I think I dabbed milk on his skin a few times. I probably waited until maybe 7 months (???) and tried him with cheese and then went from there. He has no allergies so far (now aged 4.5). He also never had eczema as a baby, whereas boy number 1 did.

Boy number 3 didn't seem to be affected by dairy in my diet, and has also been fine eating dairy and egg.

I also took a bit of care with peanuts with all of them to start with too, even though we never had any indication that there might be an allergy. Just because of A's other allergies I was a bit wary. I dabbed peanut butter on their skin a few times before giving it to them to eat.

So in answer to your main question, I took it a bit slow introducing dairy, egg and peanuts, but it didn't take long to get past that and move onto being able to give whatever I was eating.

Fingers crossed it'll work out the same for you. Good luck! It is so much easier to not have allergies to deal with. I love to be able to give cheese as a snack! So convenient!
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Re: Starting blw with allergies- a moan

Postby ches » 11 Aug 2015, 14:10

If I were you I'd eliminate the "Top 8" allergens from my diet and reintroduce them one at a time while bf and see if that makes a difference, rather than eliminate ALL potential allergens and have a miserable weaning experience. Actually, I'd probably start with the Top 4.

A friend's DS has EoE - a very serious disorder associated with food allergies, but much, much worse - and his treatment started with a Top 4 elimination, not Top 8. In that context, I think the advice you've been given is extremely conservative. Doctor's love to be over-conservative on things that don't cause harm, but I do think it affects your quality of life. The most likely source of blood-in-poo is dairy, so why cut out watermelon before you've tried dairy IYSWIM?
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Re: Starting blw with allergies- a moan

Postby junglewonderland » 12 Aug 2015, 01:46

Good luck RP, I hope dairy works out ok this time around.

Great to hear things were easier second and third time around elaruu. Junglebaby has eczema just like Koala did :(

Ta Ches, very good advice. I cut out the top 4 allergens for a few weeks, with very minor improvement. Now I am just starting week 2 of eliminating all the top 8. We'll see if there is any more improvement (none so far). Then in a week I will start challenging each food via breastmilk. It wasn't a doctor who advised but a dietician who specializes in breastfed babies. She said with such a strong family history of allergies to only try the top 8 via breastmilk, not directly just yet.
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