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Does my baby have an intolerance?

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mummymellonie Sat 15-Nov-14 10:37:02

My 9 month old DS cannot sleep and it appears to be due to stomach pains. His older brother (almost 3 yrs) was diagnosed with Lactose Intolerance at 1 yr. We did a diet change and noticed a difference, but he never seemed completely comfortable and still doesn't sleep all that well.
Our baby showed the same signs, and although he was EBF (with me cutting lactose too) he still seemed to be suffering. When he was a couple of months old we had a few nights that he slept right through, in his own cot, but they seem like a distant memory now! Now that he's on solids it's noticeably worse with only a few BFs throughout the day (and night, generally just to get him back to sleep). He has two or three very short naps during the day and always wakes screaming and still tired. He has a great routine and always goes down easily at bedtime, only to wake crying within a couple of hours. And then every few hours after that until morning. Watching him sleep, he jerks and fidgets and never looks settled. When he wakes, he wriggles and stretches as though he has trapped wind and seems to be in a lot of pain. It's often hard to keep a hold of him as he stretches out straight, arches his back then pulls his knees up to his tummy.
I should also point out that he is the happiest, most outgoing, active 9 month old baby that you could ever meet....when he's awake!
Past experience has put me off going to the doctors, as they were no help with my first DS. I appreciate that food intolerances are difficult to diagnose, so I thought I'd try on here to see if anyone has had a similar experience?
I would greatly appreciate any help or tips that anyone has, as it's breaking my heart (again, my first was actually a bit worse!) to see my poor baby in so much pain, and there seems to be nothing I can do to help!sad

JamTarte Sat 15-Nov-14 12:24:32

Sounds like wind which could be caused by an intolerance to something. Could it be milk or dairy in general? You could try cutting out dairy from his diet for a few days to see if that helps. It's horrible seeing them in pain without knowing what's doing it.

Superworm Sat 15-Nov-14 14:37:18

Lactose intolerance is unusual in babies and small children and is often confused with cows milk protein allergy. Lactose intolerance tends to be a temporary problem when the intestines have hard a rough time - tummy bugs etc but resolves.

Cows milk proteins are one of the most common allergen in infants and often cause delayed reactions with symptoms such as tummy ache, wind, reflux, eczema.

Allergy UK have some good info on it.

The proteins in soy are similar to cows milk protein and 40% of children that are allergic to dairy, will also be allergic to soy. DS has delayed allergies to both and has been the worlds worst sleeper! Much, much better once I finally got on top if it.

mummymellonie Sat 15-Nov-14 18:23:19

Cutting milk as of today, he has a pretty dairy free diet otherwise. Was planning to get a Soya based formula tomorrow but now not sure if I should do that?? Is there another formula that I could be trying? My first DS was on Infasoy for a while before I moved him on to Alpro for 1 year olds. All soya based obviously.

AlexD72 Sat 15-Nov-14 18:47:19

Does he have bread? What does he eat?

AlexD72 Sat 15-Nov-14 18:52:57

Just read about the soya milk. I would check internet before you use that. I was going to use that but read up about it before now glad I didn't use it.

mummymellonie Sat 15-Nov-14 21:28:01

Tbh honest, he was having pretty much everything that an older baby would be getting. He's not interested in smooth food, so missed that stage and was pinching toast etc from his big brother pretty quickly. Cutting his food today was very hard. Squished carrot/potato was NOT what he wanted for lunch/dinner, and he seems to be getting less interested in BF too (thankfully, those teeth are SHARP!) so I'm going to struggle to come up with some interesting foods over the next while! He's great with water, and drinks lots during the day. He's a great eater, will chow down on whatever you put in front of him and finish every single bit. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be agreeing with him confused.
Was it the sugar content that put you off the Soya? That's why we took our eldest off it eventually. AlexD72 have you used something else?

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