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[Aug. 29th, 2012|12:29 pm]
Against the grain

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I am about to start an elimination diet for myself to determine what is causing my 4 week old to have severe gas, spitting up terribly, and rashes popping up on his face and neck. My 3 year old has a whole list of allergies, and we tried a chiropractor for my newborn and it hasn't helped, so I am thinking allergy/sensitivity to something I have been eating. I am already dairy, egg, and wheat free... We have some venison so I can use that as meat in combination with turkey and fish... I will try to eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, but I know beans, peas, and lentils are out... What about broccoli, lettuce, asparagus etc (I know some of these can cause gas so I am trying to figure out the best foods to eat that won't give me false results). The hardest will be tomatoes as we eat a lot of ketchups and salsas and that sort of thing. Would avocado be ok? The guide I have looked at says not to use chicken, but could a person try chicken for so long and eliminate other meats, then if things don't improve sub out chicken for say beef? I have a suspicion of potatoes... As that is something I eat regularly, but sweet potatoes are ok right? Any tips anyone can offer would be much appreciated!!!! X-posted

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[User Picture]From: yellowitchgrl
2012-08-29 09:34 pm (UTC)
corn and soy. There is corn in table salt, so try to go to sea salts if at all possible. Those two are major trouble makers and growing in the number of people who are having problems with them.
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[User Picture]From: happy_just_2_be
2012-08-30 12:15 am (UTC)
Thanks. We do have sea salt that we use instead of sea salt. And I am pretty much going to eat nothing processed at all because I know there are hidden allergens in everything!! I have always said if I ever have to cut out soy I give up because that is in everything!!!
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[User Picture]From: yellowitchgrl
2012-09-03 02:08 pm (UTC)
Actually, with how corn is converted, it's in nearly everything too. xanthum gum (sp?) is corn most of the time, as are a bunch of other things that aren't easy to read. :-/

I had to give up corn and soy, though, so I hear ya
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[User Picture]From: katyakoshka
2012-08-29 10:07 pm (UTC)
If you haven't read up at KellyMom.com already: http://kellymom.com/health/baby-health/food-sensitivity/.

Includes links to concerns about gas, etc.

From my experience in working with educated LCs, the biggest concerns are not cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cabbage, or most beans and legumes, but the big 8 allergens, which include the three you avoid plus corn, soy, peanuts, shellfish and tree nuts. The first three are the hardest to avoid, but probably worth dodging. Anyone who tells you that lentils and cabbage aren't okay is using outdated information--they may give you gas, but that can't cross over into the breast milk.
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[User Picture]From: happy_just_2_be
2012-08-30 12:18 am (UTC)
Good to know. I am planning to follow a guide that has beans, legumes and peas left out in the beginning... But good to know that they won't cause gas in the baby just because they might for me.
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[User Picture]From: floopyboo
2012-08-29 11:33 pm (UTC)
I know I say this to everyone, but sulphites? It's pervasive and it causes in me the reaction you described.
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[User Picture]From: happy_just_2_be
2012-08-30 12:22 am (UTC)
Oh man, I just looked it up and they are in everything!!!! What do you eat??
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[User Picture]From: floopyboo
2012-08-30 03:26 am (UTC)
Lots & lots of legumes (counteracts the worst of sulphite problems especially in fruit &veg) steer clear of foods unless I've tested them & they have been deemed safe, but mostly rely on my hubby the food scientist for advice.

I'm lucky enough to have antihistamine (hayfever) tablets be effective against the more nasty side effects of sulphite intolerance (throat closing up, itching, hives, etc) so I can "safely" test a food and figure out if it's bad for me by the feeling of biliousness & the swollen belly.

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[User Picture]From: tetsubinatu
2012-08-30 12:20 pm (UTC)
When I was breastfeeding the major thing that was guaranteed to have my babies screaming in pain while I wallowed in guilt was salami. I can't explain it. I was already gluten and dairy free, didn't touch coffee or chocolate at the time either. I also had some trouble with seafood and spicy food.
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[User Picture]From: happy_just_2_be
2012-08-30 03:42 pm (UTC)
Well salami is something I haven't had in ages. I am thinking either beef or potatoes. Actually my first son reacted to beef for a while when he was eating table foods (not through my eating it though). Those are things I eat regularly, and yesterday was his worst day yet and we had meatballs and mashed potatoes for dinner the night before, and leftovers for lunch. That's the only two regular things I eat that make sense. But, I need to figure out what (seemingly) randomly causes my tongue to swell and develop sores and scratchy tingly throat.... So figure I will track everything for both of us by doing this.
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[User Picture]From: ldygrinningsoul
2012-09-06 11:55 am (UTC)
Both of my kids had colic (my daughter worse than my son) and my daughter spat up a lot. It was a rough couple of weeks, but neither of them have allergies now. So, if you don't find a culprit...
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