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Lactose intolerance ... When to reintroduce

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hamncheese Wed 07-Nov-12 19:52:02

So I'm fairly certain DS is lactose and soya intolerant based on mucousy poo which only occurs after I eat dairy or soya. Have cut it all out since 9 weeks (now 14) (from my diet, ebf)

Read that they grow out of it eventually so wondering, for future reference, when to attempt a reintroduction of it if at all?


Ps word to the wise Jaffa cakes have no milk or soya!!

AngelDog Wed 07-Nov-12 20:00:58

If bf, it won't be lactose intolerance - bm is full of lactose; it'll be cow's milk protein intolerant.

Kellymom suggests trying again after a few months; apparently most outgrow it between 6 and 18 months.

McVitie's jaffa cakes have dairy in IIRC but own-brand ones rarely do. Lindt 70% chocolate is dairy & soya free too. smile

mmmmsleep Wed 07-Nov-12 20:01:55

Could be cows milk protein allergy rather than lactose intolerance. Have you seen your gp? If you're breast feeding and dairy free(esp if also soya free) you need sandocal prescription to make sure you get enough calcium. to properly diagnose you do 4 to 6 weeks off then reintroduce(one at time) and see if symptoms recur. If they do you have diagnosis...although lactose intolerance can be helped by a poo test. If allergic should be referred to dietician for advice on weaning...get referred now it takes a while on nhs. You could try reintroducing 6m after diagnosis but how this is done depends on diagnosis and severity of reactions.
Do see your gp..ask when booking if any gps at practice have interest in allergies. Elimination diets have big impact for you and baby so best done under more than mumsnet guidance. Hope that helps.

hamncheese Wed 07-Nov-12 20:15:10

Thanks. I've had no support from HV at all. Said I'd cut it and they were like oh good for you :/ and really didn't care that DS had mucous, just asked if there was blood. I was shocked if an adult had mucous they'd be concerned but not a baby what the heck? going to gp on Monday so will discuss it and get the supplement etc smile

hamncheese Wed 07-Nov-12 20:16:20

Ps it's tesco Jaffa cakes I got. So excited I ate a whole pack blush

mmmmsleep Wed 07-Nov-12 22:22:55

On another sweet note sweedish glace desert is non dairy icecream and tastes good. In sainsburys etc. I was bf and dairy +more free for a year so i feel your pain!

hamncheese Thu 08-Nov-12 08:31:26

Ooh wow! What's it made of??

Jenijena Thu 08-Nov-12 09:18:39

It's soya based, so no good f you're off soya too.

My GP advised me to go dairy free, which has helped nappies and puking (ds is 24 wks). Never been given anything for calcium - just bought calcium supplements - and went back recently to discuss formula, as I'm going back to work soon and dh will be doing daycare, when I'd like ds to have formula, and breastfed in morning and evening. GP (who is the most switched on of all the ones I've seen at our practice --make of that what you will--) said to experiment with formula, and with weaning, before referral to dietitian / prescription formula.

mmmmsleep Thu 08-Nov-12 22:58:12

Sorry ham...completely forgot re soya in sweedish glace. Soya is one of few things ds isn't allergic to.

Jen...sandocal should be prescribed as otc vits don't have high enough levels usually for breast feeding mums. Dietician referral is nice guidelines. Sorry it wasn't done in your does help though. For those under 6m soya formulas aren't advised and as op's child might have milk protein allergy (and yours?) other formulas you can buy aren't any use as contain milk so again formula prescribed is only option and goes with guidelines.

I'm not knocking your gp..i am one myself but since ds it's been a steep learning curve both as mum and dr on allergies. There are so many guidelines to know as a gp it's impossible to know everything in great detail and food allergy diagnosis and management has mushroomed in recent years.

Anyway dh says i have to stop working!

hamncheese Fri 09-Nov-12 12:18:25

Aww I was totally geared up for some insane ice cream binge! Oh well better for the baby belly. Lost half a stone when first went dairy free as had nothing to eat. Now put it back on as all the stuff I can find that's dairy free is unhealthy, expect things that take time to prepare which I don't have time to do. May or may not have eaten three boxes of jaffas in three days. Shame shame shame! Going to get a whole load of fruit in for snacks now and nice bread for toast.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the gp has to say about this. Will report back.

AngelDog Fri 09-Nov-12 19:56:48

This ice cream is dairy & soya free - the strawberry & chocolate are both tasty IMO.

mmmmsleep Fri 09-Nov-12 23:27:52

Ham i lost loads of baby weight on ds's exclusion diet...had actually put weight on since the birth then suddenly couldn't have hot choc and cake when out and it dropped off. ....every cloud has a silver lining etc!

Now big again but only because ds is going to be a big brothersmile nice guidelines and your local pct prescribing guidelines for cmp allergy are available on the net

Good luck at your appt.

hamncheese Sat 10-Nov-12 16:46:29

Wow dairy and soya free.... :D thanks angeldog

AngelDog Sat 10-Nov-12 22:16:59

Bourbons are often dairy-free as are hobnobs I think - but less sure about the soya.

Pomtastic Sun 11-Nov-12 17:24:03

I'm dairy & soy free for DD atm OP (and gluten free for me!) - this thread was helpful for me:

Surprise dairy free finds

hamncheese Tue 13-Nov-12 16:30:09

Ooh thanks!

Went to the doctor and she just said to get 100% rda vit d and calcium tablets... What do you think? Got some but they are horse pills going to have to break them up blah

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