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09/05/2014 at 10:12
How are you doing? I've not 'seen' you for a while, hope your ok. I did want to pick your brains on your LO's weaning and allergies? Xx
10/05/2014 at 12:34
Hello lovely, sorry I've not really been on much so have only just seen this. My H has been working crazy hours and I don't really get 2 minutes peace all day and if I do I've been trawling the reflux and cmpi forums for ideas/answers!
How's weaning going for you? I'll definitely help if I can! x
12/05/2014 at 14:19
Sorry had friends over at the weekend and never had a second!
Are the girls doing well? Hope your ok, your days must be hectic!!
Were doing good, we were back to see the paediatrician last week and they've changed O from nutramigen lipel 1 to AA as he still showed symptoms of cmpi (his sickness, nappies and the eczema especially on his legs was really bad) she said he shouldn't still be having them (albeit he was still a million times better than when he was on aptimal. She's also changed his meds from ranitidine to a liquid form of omperazole (sp?). His sickness has improved and for the first time in months he's had a couple of decent nappies!!
Weaning is going good, he loves the food (I can't blame him with that awful milk!) when we were at the hospital she asked if we had been to see the dietician yet and I said no I hadn't even heard anything and she went to check and our referral hadn't even been made. Apparently we should have seen them to start weaning but she asked me to start anyway as the appointment likely won't be quick. She said to stick to babyrice and purées and obviously avoid all dairy. I have zero idea how to even purée fruit so I bought a couple of those ellas kitchen pouches so O has so far had purée bananas, babyrice and some purée peaches and pears. He's eaten everything no problem (he's not a fan of the babyrice but I mushed up a bit banana on the paed's advice and mixed that through and he took it fine.
I wanted to ask, is this all you did to begin with? Also how did you discover that your girl had other allergies? I have no idea what to look out for as he's regularly sick, has loose nappies and has a rash anyway! She told me to stick to basics like bananas/apples/pears etc and avoid anything like kiwi's. I'm keen to stick with it as it appears to be helping with the sickness too but if I'm honest I don't really have a clue what I'm doing!!
12/05/2014 at 21:11
It sounds like O is doing really well! Funnily enough, we had the same problem with out dietician appointment. I think originally, she would have ended up seeing one when she was 8 months by the time the appointment came through!
With her weaning, it's just been a case of trial and error. She'd try some thing for the first time and seemingly seemed to react (usually came out in a rash on her face, had really nasty nappies, was miserable and cried a lot) and then I would leave it a few day till those symptoms had gone and then try it again. It's horrible as you feel like your poisoning her almost but you have to give it another try to see whether it gets the same reaction :-( It also meant weaning went very very slowly as I'd leave it 3-5 days after starting a new food to introduce the next. There were also foods her paediatrician told me to avoid based on those she'd reacted to - for example any kind of palm fruit as she's reacted to banana, soya and mango (I think it has something to do with latex?!) the best thing I can suggest if your unsure is to keep a food diary and then you can look back and see if there is any sort of pattern where you think he had a reaction. I have days sometimes where I feel like I'm almost imagining it so this definitely helped!
A has got skin *** tests booked for when she's 9 months so I'm hoping that might give me a better idea of what she can and can't tolerate although I know that like milk, it might not show anything on a skin *** even tho I know she's intolerant! It's so confusing - I don't know how we're meant to get ahead!
We're still having major issues with her refusing even slightly textured, lumpy or thicker food so we're kind of stuck at stage one at the moment! The Ella's kitchen pouches have been a godsend (I hated not been able to prepare all her foods myself but after about the 5th time of buying a fruit/veg, preparing it, cooking it, blending it and then having her refuse it or react to it I just decided it was easier and cheaper to introduce new foods via a pouch and then if she was ok with it I could then do my own!)
I'm sorry I can't give you a better answer than trial and error - I know what a pain in the backside that it! hopefully you're dieticians appointment might some through a bit quicker seeing as how it was their balls up and they might be able to give you a better answer! x
13/05/2014 at 09:51
Thanks lovey, that's a big help. When you introduced something and thought it might not have gone well did you stop solids altogether for those days inbetween or give something you knew she was ok with? I do feel better that someone else used the pouches too as I felt bad, like I was giving him junk food or something! (Although I know they are all just fruit/veg). I gave O some mushed up bananas in his baby rice y'day and he seemed to have bad wind all day and was trumping all day. He's had an ellas kitchen babanana pouch and didn't react the same but I just mushed mine by hand and mixed through the rice it wasn't puréed or blended so not sure if this made a difference. His nappies are all over the place but I put that down to changing milk last week and introducing solids.
That's a great idea about a diary, I'll keep a note of what he has what days and then if he has a particularly bad day I can see if there's any pattern. He often has a rash on his cheeks and has bad eczema on his legs but it seems to be clearing up so I'll keep an eye for that getting worse.
The only thing I've found with the pouches is there's often 2 or 3 flavours in 1 but it's still easier for me at this point.
I'm still so pleased to be able to give him some nice tastes after that milk, his wee face is a picture!x
13/05/2014 at 20:39
Glad I was some help - not sure how!!!!! If I think A is reacting to something I just go back to "safe" foods for a few stays until all the reaction symptoms have gone and then try it again to see if I get the same reaction. I know what you been about the junk food feeling, I have such mummy guilt in giving them but then I have to remind myself that A is not an average baby and I have to do what is best for her and for me and at the end of the day at least I'm giving her fruit and veg!
O's wind sounds so much like A before she started on the neocate and her nappy's were disgusting too. It may take a week or so for things to settle down and all the old milk to work it's way out his system before it all settles down a bit so Maybe don't worry about introducing new foods until then?! I really hope this new milk does the trick for you xx
13/05/2014 at 22:14
Not sure if it's the milk, the meds or having solids (or all 3!) but his sickness has improved significantly! Touch wood but since Saturday I've not had to clean sick off the carpet of sofa or anything, it's all been dealt with by bibs/Muslins, I can hardly believe it! What a difference not having to change my top and O's clothes at every feed.
I've been giving him organix baby rice and adding a bit fruit purée but I also bought their first stage organic baby porridge with bananas and strawberries, there's no milk or gluten or anything so I have him that this morning instead and tonight we have a noticeable rash on his face and he's cried a bit today and done the sudden knee jerks like he has a sore tummy and/or bad wind so after me asking I think I know what I'm looking for in terms of reactions now. I have a feeling it might be the bananas. That's that shelved then, we'll stick back with the rank normal babyrice!
You can't help feel so bad for them too, they just can't catch a break!
18/05/2014 at 06:25
Sooooo sorry for not replying sooner - both girls had been quite poorly with throat infections which typically coincided with my mom going on holiday for a week so I've had noone to come and help me! It's not been fun! How's O doing now? Have his nappies settled down on his new milk? Have you tried anything else with banana in it since your last post? It could be he can tolerate fresh banana but not dried. It could have even been the strawberry?! I use the plum 4 grain porridge which is pretty good but alternate it with buying just regular porridge oats and grinding them down with my hand blender which makes a smoother more baby friendly kind of texture. Plus you know there's nothing in it but oats then! X
20/05/2014 at 12:02
Hello! I hope the girls are doing better, that must have been awful!
I kept him on apples and pears last week as I know he's ok with these and I gave him banana yesterday morning and this morning (I puréed a real banana rather than dried or a pouch) he's not got the rash and the nappy we have had was fine but he was quite sick y'day and had been today too where his sickness was so much better. I'm going to put him back on pears tomorrow and see if the sickness improves or not. I'm more inclined to think now it was either because it was dried or it was the strawberry. I've got an ellas kitchen strawberry and apple purée that I'll try him on next and see how he gets on with that. It feels so wrong giving him things that I'm expecting him to have a reaction too but needs must!
He milk has definitely helped, his nappies are so much better, he's not had an awful nappy for 2 weeks and he always had one that leaked every couple of days but I've not had a leak since he changed the milk!
Luckily he is loving the solids and will eat anything I give to him. I just mix the babyrice and the banana by hand so it's not exactly super smooth and he just eats it.
When is A's skin test? Will be nice to have some better idea of her allergies too rather than playing the guessing game!
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