My breastfed baby is allergic to everything

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   Posted 7/7/2012 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, a LOT of things anyway  :)

Hello and thank you for reading.  My name is Marjorie and I am here to get some advice and help on eating with food allergies.  My almost 4 month old son seems to have a lot of food allergies.  After numerous doctor visits including an allergist and a pediatrician, my little guy has been diagnosed with reflux and allergies.  He gets liquid Zantac twice a day and I have to watch everything I eat.
So far Baby reacts to raw and cooked dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.  I'm not a big fish eater and honestly, I'm afraid to try it since it's a known big allergy.  Baby also reacts to tomatoes and all tomato products, cooked and raw carrots, bananas, black pepper and other 'hot' spices, Chicken McNuggets, citrus fruits and juices and some brands of hot dogs.
If I eat these foods, Baby screams and screams, throws up, refuses to nurse, has diarrhea, has a runny, stuffy nose and gets wheezy.  He never sleeps more than 30-40 minutes at a time.  He has a bad 'diaper' rash that improves but never goes away, and dry patches on his knees.
If I manage to avoid all those foods he is a different baby, sleeps 2-3 hours, never throws up, never cries, smiles and interacts with us.
I tried soy formula but by the third day he was screaming again and not pooping so we gave that up.
Baby seems to be doing well on the Zantac but eating is very stressful.  The other day I had some 'seed' bread at my in-laws and he was screaming within 20 minutes of nursing so there may be a sunflower or sesame seed allergy as well.  I've been eating raspberry jam with no problems but I bought a different brand and this morning he woke up screaming and howled for 40 minutes.
I know the Baby is going to react to something because I get terrible, terrible gas.  Isn't that strange?  Why is my body reacting now, to things that I have eaten all my life and throughout my pregnancy?
My husband might have Oral Allergy Syndrome - when he eats certain raw fruits and veggies, his lips, mouth, tongue and throat swell and get itchy.  All the things that trigger him have also hurt the baby.  He is okay with cooked veggies so right now I am testing out cooked veggies on Baby.  Carrots and tomatoes are a no but so far all other veggies are okay.  My husband has an appt with an allergist on July 26th.  I'm going to use the results of his allergy test as a guideline for what I can eat. 
In the meantime, I need meal help.  Eating is an incredibly stressful event now.  I have to really meal plan and think ahead as all my quick, go-to meals are all forbidden.  Some days I literally only eat toast and cereal. 
If you have any information to share, know anyone with similar allergies, know any good websites I should check out, please please share with me.  And thank you so much for reading all of that.

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   Posted 7/8/2012 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
My brother, when he was little, wouldn't drink soy milk. He'd get colic something terrible.
My father tried something unique...Don't try it without asking your doctor....he gave him whole cow's milk from PET. Anything else gave him gas pains and he cried.

He might have a "nightshades" allergy. Check the list of "nightshade" fruits and veggies and see if they give him trouble.

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   Posted 7/9/2012 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I had very similar problems with my baby years ago. I ate baked chicken, potatoes, rice, canned carrots and green beans, applesauce, canned peaches. Everything that I could think of that was plain, simple, and not gassy, spicy, acidy, or processed. The diet helped a lot. Also, holding her upright for 30 minutes after nursing. My mom showed me how to carry her face down in my arms without anything touching her tummy, and she would stop crying. She did not like any kind of an infant seat or car seat. The position would put pressure on her tummy and make her scream! She would sleep on her side, after she had quieted down and fallen asleep on my shoulder, but I would push her legs up a little so not to put pressure on her tummy while I was holding her. Someone had told me to drink a cup of chamomile tea before I went to bed, and she would sleep better. Boy, she slept through the whole night and that kind of scared me! A friend of mine used an over the counter infant gas relief drops and that worked really well for her. I think with some of the foods you mentioned that she is "allergic" to, are the usual foods to be avoided while nursing. It takes awhile for the babys digestive system to work. Whatever you are eating, so is your baby. Think about simple bland foods that a baby would start to eat. Then give her tummy time to digest it, and hold her without putting pressure on her tummy.

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   Posted 7/9/2012 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both.
Those are some great suggestions.
He IS sensitive to all the 'gassy' vegetables that many have to avoid while breastfeeding. My 5 year old is allergic to the protein in dairy products so dairy was the first thing I cut out with this baby.
He seems to react to all fruits and so far three veggies (carrots, tomato and its products and cauliflower).
We do try to keep him upright after feedings and the poor guy gets Gripe Water almost every day.
I will keep trying to eat plain things. I hope he outgrows these allergies.

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   Posted 7/10/2012 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
He may grow out of the allergies over time, I hope that is the case. Most doctors recommend avoiding things that children tend to be allergic too over time like peanut butter or chocolate. Dairy is a strange one though, the poor thing. You can always try and substitute some of the food with pedialyte, that way he can at least keep up his electrolytes. Have you consulted the doctor about getting a scratch test done? I know he's still very young but having so many allergies already, it will probably be better then just testing out new foods.

Take care!

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   Posted 7/12/2012 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
The allergist said they don't test babies until 6 months because the results would be inconclusive.
However, I know from keeping a food diary and observing him what he reacts to so I don't think we'll test him until he's a year. I'm also going to delay solids until 8-9 months.

He has just started reacting to corn, which previously was fine. I wish we were taking things OFF the No list, not adding more.

Any ideas to why I get bad bad gas when he reacts to a food? Previous to now I only had minor reactions to certain fruits (my stomach would feel like it was starving after eating apples, strawberries etc) but ate eggs, peanut butter and dairy every day.

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   Posted 7/16/2012 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Perhapys you are having a a slight interolence yourself? For example, I am lactose interoleant and I ate lasagna tonight and now I am tooting away a mountain as the monkeys say.

Did you know there is hypoallerganic, soy free, diary free, nut free baby formala othat is organci? ellacare amino acid based formula. Its soy and dairy free and my insurance covere mine. Walgreens option care. Pharmacy delivered it monthly. It is also sold on E bay, amazon etc. The dr's often have you try allimentum or a hydrolisate formula first

Sory i know a lot on babies, my nephews (2 of 3) had such a hard time with allergies and I took care of them most of the time. One of my sisters is ah how do you say not a good mom and dumps kids on people?
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   Posted 8/23/2012 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi :)
I'm sorry this is a bit of a necropost, but I thought I should make the suggestion of Nutramigen since nobody else had.  My breastfed baby had the same issues, and our awesome Doc recommended supplementing every other feeding with Nutramigen formula.  It is for babies with a milk protein allergy and colic due to that allergy.  Just doing this helped immensely, it helped firm up his stools enough so that he was no longer suffering from rash, it seemed to ease his reflux, and most importantly it seemed to calm his tummy pain so that he was able to get through the day happily again.  In the meantime, I went on a very basic diet, basically a B.R.A.T. diet and slowly introduced suspect foods a little at a time to determine what the offenders were.  Strawberries, tomatoes, red pepper, anything too spicy, milk products of any sort (obviously) were all definite triggers. 
For the longest times my hubs and I were taking shifts holding the baby upright against us to sleep, but the formula coated his stomach well enough so that he was able to sleep for several hours at a time in a nap nanny or swing that kept him propped a bit.
I am happy to report that at 15 months he has been Zantac free for 6 months now and was able to transition to a soy formula, and now soymilk.
Best of luck to you!

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   Posted 9/8/2012 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. My little man is allergic to dairy, gluten and soy and is intolerant to salicylates. As I am still breastfeeding if I have any salicylates he is 'wired' and can't sleep, is in pain and a very different little man. He also has silent reflux. Salicylates are in everything! We can only eat one fruit, pealled pears, and minimal vegetables. Carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato are all reactive food. I have a very supportive lactation dietitian and paediatrician. I definitely recommend having a look at a salicylate intollerance as I have seem a huge change in my 9 month old baby since I have eliminated these from our diet.

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   Posted 9/12/2012 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
First of all, babies who are allergic to dairy are often allergic to soy too. You can try a hypoallergenic formula (some have been mentioned above), although they supposedly taste terrible and it can be hard to get a breastfed baby to take them.

Otherwise, if you suspect additional allergies, an elimination diet would be your best bet, although it is not an easy road. You can google for more info, but most women start with only eating 2-3 foods that are very unlikely to cause an allergic reaction -- I think rice, sweet potatoes, and chicken are common ones. Then you slowly add in one food at a time to see what baby reacts to.

Disclaimer: I have not tried this, but I did have a baby with reflux and googled a lot of this. Ultimately he grew out of his reflux.
Diagnoses: GERD, small hiatal hernia, anxiety, allergies
Medications/Treatments: Singulair (allergies), GERD-friendly diet
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   Posted 9/19/2012 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
If you are still breastfeeding, try a gluten free diet, with milder vegetables... If he is gluten sensitive, he may be re-acting to that in your milk...and most gluten sensitives are dairy intolerant cut that out of your diet as well for a day or stinks, but worth a shot.. I know my brother in law was gluten intolerant from the get-go and his parents never put him on a gluten free diet and it led to a whole other world of health issues for him his entire life.
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   Posted 9/23/2012 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
How do I deal with yeast without giving a probiotic (which I have found all contain allergens)? The reason I ask is because we had thrush and his symptoms of allergies began just as his thrush was subsiding. It has been suggested to me by my lactation consultants that this could be a contributing factor. Also, how would one handle vitamin/mineral deficiencies in a 6 month old? Tips for ED Treatment

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   Posted 9/24/2012 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
good question... I would call a dietician and check with them.... good luck
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   Posted 9/27/2012 5:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Jarrow makes an allergy-free probiotic -- You could open the capsule and mix a small amount in water or formula...I wouldn't start with the full dose. Work up slowly.

Also, avoid sugar - yeast feeds on sugar.

And consider looking into S. Boulardii as a probiotic yeast that competes with Candida.

Coconut oil is also a good anti-fungal - if baby isn't allergic to coconut. Can try to put a small amount in his formula or whatever he's drinking, several times a maybe a half-teaspoon of coconut oil at most (I'd start with less and slowly increase). Coconut oil is also very healing to the gut, so can be good to heal the damage caused by the thrush. Make sure you use organic coconut oil...

EleCare or Neocate are hypoallergenic infant formulas that contain complete nutrition. Might consider supplementing with one of those - a Nutritionist or Dietician may be able to get you a sample to try.

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   Posted 10/20/2012 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
It's several months later than when you posted initially- how is it going? My daughter is also allergic to 'everything' she's 3 now, and happy and healthy. But, she has only 23 foods she can eat. As an infant, alimentum was our saving grace. When she was 18 months we tried nutramigen toddler- no go. She now gets about 1/2 her calories from Neocate Jr. It's amazing, life saving stuff. Neocate also has an infant formula, if Alimentum or Nutramigen don't work. Hope it's going we'll. Oh, and we have to try very food for up to two weeks, then off for five days, then test again. Some foods react way before that, but some can take that long.
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