Eliminating dairy to improve asthma?

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   Posted 12/15/2013 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. My 5yo daughter was recently diagnosed with asthma. One of the doctors we have seen suggested eliminating dairy from her diet as it might help with her symptoms. She only experiences symptoms when she has colds/viruses. Has anyone had success with dairy elimination? We have been trying it out, but I'm not sure it is working as we just spent the weekend in the hospital. (Then again we did just cheat and give her some Xmas cookies and other treats sent by her grandma.) It seems like there are too many variables to truly know if it is helping. I'd love to hear others' thoughts on this. Thanks.

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   Posted 1/2/2014 3:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I have lived with asthma for 28 years and I can tell you that dairy does not seem to effect asthma untless I am sick.

I know that a lot of doctors say to get rid of dairy but I just dont see the connection.

This is what I have been through and is my opinion only. I would never tell you how to mother your child.

I have asthma symptoms if I have dairy or not. This is my fact not everyones.

I hope that this helps. i also hope your little one feels better soon.

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   Posted 1/2/2014 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd go to an allergist and get her tested for sensitivity to dairy.

Then I'd ask what part of the dairy is the problem. Is it just lactose, or is there a problem with the milk protein also.

Then I'd ask what about non-cow products. There is sheep and goat cheese.

If being very strict about all forms of dairy elimination doesn't work after a few months, then I'd go looking for another allergen. Doing the skin test is best. The blood tests are notoriously inaccurate.

Keeping a food journal might give you a clue. If you write down everything she eats, time, date, etc. and also any reactions and episodes, you might be able to link certain foods to the problem. It's free and non-invasive.

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   Posted 1/3/2014 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about your daughter's asthma. I myself have it and know how traumatic it can be and how frustrating when it happens.

I went to see a holistic doctor years ago who tested me for what foods I am sensitive to. He highly recommended that I get off of dairy. It helped my dealings with my asthma big time.

I not only heard this from my holistic doctor but conventional doctors too because dairy produces excess phlegm. I've heard conventional doctors say people should stay away from dairy products when they have cold symptoms because of the producing of excess phlegm.

I do almond milk and I don't eat cheese or ice cream.

Good luck to you.
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Post Edited (almost medfree) : 1/5/2014 3:47:15 AM (GMT-7)

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