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CMP and mucus

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ToTheMoonAndStars Sat 13-Dec-14 18:13:53

My DS has reflux and we suspect he might be intolerant to cows milk, so I've cut this out my diet for the past month. It didn't seem to do a lot, though there was a bit of difference. We went to the GP and he is now on gaviscon and ranitidine. After 2 weeks of treatment he is like a different baby. Calmer and happier, though still v squirmy!!

Not convinced that he is necessarily intolerant to dairy (and being sick of missing out myself!) I thought I'd try to reintroduce dairy into my diet. So I had a piece of cake yesterday. About 4 hours later he became really fussy, crying lots etc. He also had a terrible nights sleep, he squirmed and grunted all night. Still fussing now :-(

However he hasn't seemed 'refluxy' and is vomiting a normal amount. He doesn't seem to be bringing anything up other than the normal posseting. So none of the projectile vomiting we were having before.

But then today he did two explosive poos, and both were full of mucus. They are always a little mucusy but they seemed worse today.

Is it possible that the small amount of butter in the cake caused this, or is it likely to be unrelated?? There was no milk in it other than the butter.

It's hard to know if it's just a coincidence and he's just having a grumpy day or if it is the dairy.

Can anything else cause a mucusy nappy and a fussy baby?

Hhhhmhowtochoose Sun 14-Dec-14 00:31:16

Hiya. My son had the most disgusting poos and snotty noses. I don't have an answer that's any help but I was convinced that milk, butter, cheese, aggrevated the situation. Stopping these foods helped a bit but not completely.
With babies its hard to tell if anything else is causing it, but trust your instincts. Keep a food diary vs temperament.

Superworm Sun 14-Dec-14 08:44:50

It is possible yes. DS is allergic to dairy and soy and was breastfed for 2.5 years. I excluded both from my diet from when he was diagnosed at six weeks old.

I found even trace amounts I are effected him. I'll be honest and say I totally underestimated how sensitive his allergies are and didn't really completely eliminate every last trace until he was around a year. I wish I had done it sooner tbh - it was the cause of many, many sleepless nights.

Did you eliminate soy from your diet too? 40-65% of babies have problems with both. Lots of people switch from dairy to soy and don't see a difference because they have problems with soy too.

ToTheMoonAndStars Sun 14-Dec-14 09:02:16

Thanks for the replies :-)

I have eliminated soy too, but probably not in trace amounts, so I'll start looking at that too.

My instinct actually says he's not intolerant, because the reactions he gets seem mild in comparison to what I read about. He sleeps fairly well, and his poos are normal except for the mucus.

The only reaction seems to be 'colicky' behaviour and before we were on ranitidine, reflux. He doesn't like to be put down and grunts and squirms in his sleep so much that we still have to swaddle him at 3.5 months!

He seemed like he was fine early on as well, we didn't notice anything until he was about a month old.

I'm just not 100% convinced!

bakingtins Sun 14-Dec-14 09:14:23

My son was dairy and soy intolerant. Traces of either were enough to give the type of reactions you describe even on Omeprazole for the reflux ( sore tummy, unsettled, mucussy poo). The other thing I'd say is that although we saw some improvement within about 10 days of me cutting them out, it took at least 8 weeks to see the full extent of it, gut healing is a slow process. recovery after slip ups was much quicker - usually a miserable 48 hours. It's hard work cutting it out so you do need to be pretty convinced. I think in your shoes I'd do another week dairy free and then another 'challenge' and see what response you get.

HopeNope Sun 14-Dec-14 09:48:55

I think the mucousy poos are quite a clear indication that it is very likely to be CMP. Even the very slightest of dairy and cause a reaction in someone that has an allergy.

Best thing to do is continue being dairy and soya free for a further 2 weeks and then you can have another slice of cake with dairy. If the same thing happens then it'll just confirm that it is CMP.

It is hard to accept that your baby might have an allergy. I know a friend of mine who has a baby with severe egg allergy but lives in denial - and the poor child has been suffering for months. It's very hard to be dairy free but it is worth it long term for both of you.

OodKingWenceslas Mon 22-Dec-14 10:23:25

Poo is a clear indicator sorry.

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