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Going dairy free

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AnnaM84 Thu 20-Feb-14 18:10:19

Hi, my DS is coming up to 6 months and has had a chronic cough and congestion for around 11 weeks now. It never goes but does subside. He is a very happy baby and is putting on weight fine. He is exclusively breastfed and has shown little interest in solids. We have tried amoxicillin and 2 reflux meds (gaviscon and ranitidine), all have done nothing. A health visitor has suggested going dairy free. Has anyone had experience with this? The cough does not make him unhappy in day but wakes him at night. He has just stRted sleeping on his front which he is much happier with. He is strong and rolls over back and forth so not concerned. Any advice or experience would be gratefully recieved!

TheGreatHunt Thu 20-Feb-14 20:39:06

What has the GP said? Have you ruled out allergies to the environment eg dust mites?

curiousgeorgie Thu 20-Feb-14 20:43:20

My DD2 is dairy free (almost 8 months) because of being fractious, having a cough, having rashes...

She's on nutrimigen formula prescribed by the GP and I'm weaning her on the dairy free selection you can find online for Ella's Kitchen and homemade food...the difference so far is huge!

PM me if you need any advice x

curiousgeorgie Thu 20-Feb-14 20:46:06

Oh, and my DD tried gaviscon, ranitidine etc before the dairy free formula..

Paintingrainbowskies Thu 20-Feb-14 21:48:17

My dd has been dairy free since 12 weeks (I went dairy free), she's now 2.5 and still unable to have dairy products.

I would suggest visiting the GP to discuss, we were refered to an NHS dietician for advice who was so incredibly helpful.

drawohamme Thu 20-Feb-14 21:59:34

We are dairy free due to a lactose intolerance. As PP has said, it's really useful if you can get referred to a dietician.

On a day to day basis you get used to avoiding dairy. Allergy Essex, Wholefoods and Ocado all have really great dairy free ranges and the ones in tesco and sainsburys are okay too. There are other posters on here who have way more experience than me who I'm sure will be along in a minute.

Good luck OP smile

AnnaM84 Thu 20-Feb-14 22:09:57

Thank you all for the really helpful replies. I briefly mentioned allergies to GP which they dismissed. Trouble is I see someone different each time but have spoken to one doctor each week on the phone. Bit sick of going back tbh as the hv told me I had to go back on tues which was ironic as I had been the one who kept returning for them to tell me he was happy and thriving abd not to worry. They gave me an inhaler on tues which is impossible to use with a baby and told me most show no effect in under ones. He has no other symptoms really apart from the cough and congestion, bit sicky after feeds and mucous in nappy, bit this is perhaps as he swallows a lot. The cough is areal head turner so when i got him weighed this week the hv there suggested dairy free.

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