PLEASE. The severity of my symptoms has reduced significantly since I began following a low-carb, low-gluten, low-dairy diet. So if that ends up working for your daughter, then go for it.
When it comes to diet, everyone has strong personal opinions about what to eat, but until someone finds a diet that is proven to work, they should not put down someone else's efforts (even though I'm sure they mean well for your daughter). However, though desperate times do call for desperate measures, you don't want to make the diet too difficult or unpleasant for your daughter, so try to keep a fine balance between what's allowed and what's restricted. I would strongly advice you to get in touch with a nutrionist to help put together a diet/recipes that make sure your daughter's getting enough calories and necessary nutrients.
I began taking iron supplements a few weeks back and take 1 with my evening meal. I'm taking 'slow-fe' once a day and there's another brand called 'niferex' which was also recommended by my GI specialist. If your daughter's doctor doesn't want her taking iron supplements, has he mentioned taking an iron injection instead? I've not had one, but read about others on the forum taking them to boost their iron levels. You could also try juicing vegetables (such as spinach) and adding that to freshly squeezed carrot juice.
All the best!
Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprene 175mg, Prednisone 60mg - taper.
Post Edited (Rio in Maryland) : 2/2/2008 10:28:52 AM (GMT-7)