My DD is allergic to milk. Soy milk and orange juice that are fortified with calcium work well. There is as much calcium in tofu as cow's milk, and many green veggies have calcium as well, so I would not worry too much if he has a varied diet. As for sources of calcium, you would have to check manufacturer sites for that or call the company directly.View Thread
This sounds exactly like my daughter was and she has a food allergy. If that is the case here there is not much you can do about that at this age, but I would keep it in the back of your head once you start solids with the baby. There is an "allergen-free" formula called Nutramigen that may help, but it is unbelievably expensive and judging from the smell may not be very tasty. Your grandchild's pediatrician may have samples you could try if you want to look into it a little more. And if you google it the company's website sends out samples too. Of course, this is just my experience - I am not a doctor - but it may explain the upset and the diarrhea. You may want to bring it up at the next appointment to see what your doc has to say.View Thread
Whether any of you chooses medication or not, it is advisable to get to a qualified doctor and pursue diagnosis. Whatever the outcome you will then be able to make a more educated decision about how to proceed. Teachers can point out symptoms or signs but we are not qualified to diagnose, nor is the average parent. Go to the doc and find out for sure - then get all of the info you need to make a really good decision about whether meds are the way for you to go, and what if any lifestyle changes may help as well.
She may also be enjoying the sensory input from playing in water. Does she love bath time too? You could try replacing the toilet with a bin of water that she is allowed to play in, maybe outside on the lawn or on the bathroom floor. Or look on Craigslist for a water table if you don't have one and she could play in that. Then when she starts playing in the toilet just point her to the place that is appropriate for her to play in (and even drink from) instead.View Thread
I'm really glad you said this about the testing. In my experience docs will blanket test for all sorts of foods that the child never had a reaction to in the first place - then the family (and allergist) are stuck adhering to an avoidance diet because of the test results and "possible" reaction. It's different in the case of chronic hives or eczema where you are trying to narrow down the cause of the reaction, but even then an elimination diet is a good way to do that without trusting just the test results.
That being said, the age of your child may dictate an avoid-and-see approach until she is old enough to do a food challenge and articulate how she is feeling physically.
I agree about rice milk, that stuff is pointless. As for the prices, unfortunately having food allergies is not cheap. But you save money in your inability to eat out anywhere - so I think it all works out in the end lol.View Thread
By the way, a visit with an RD would really help fill in the gaps in nutrition in her diet. But kids can definitely thrive without cow's milk in their diet - you just have to substitute some of the fats, calcium and vitamin D, all of which are easy enough to get in other foods.View Thread