I was all set to post an update yesterday, when my laptop started going all crazy on me and won’t connect to the internet.
Susannah is… well, she’s not getting any worse, which is something. For those who don’t know, we suspect that she has a cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA ) or intolerance. She has been a fussy babe since the beginning, but we were quick to chalk that up to difference in temperaments. I did wonder if she might have reflux, since she had a predictable fussy time every night, with lots of spit-up.
Around February 23rd, she broke out in baby acne that didn’t go away – the bumps turned into flattened, shiny reddish pink spots on her cheeks (which have since become lighter and flaky, so I’m guessing it’s excema or a similar skin condition). At that point, I scrapped my initial guess of reflux and started to wonder about food sensitivities – but it seemed like such a BIG topic, I didn’t know where to start.
A week ago, I emailed a friend of mine who went through elimination diets when nursing her son (and she’s also becoming a lactation consultant) – and she agreed with me that I should suspect food issues. Later that same day, Susannah had blood in her stool, and I *knew* it was a food problem. Dairy is the most common allergen for breastfed babies who are reacting through their mother’s milk, so it seemed like a logical place to start eliminating.
I’ve been off dairy for 7 days, and from everything I have read, I need to wait at least another week (if not two) before I decide if she was really reacting to it.
So far, her skin does seem to be clearing a little bit. Her poops are returning to normal color, but not consistency yet. And she is less fussy during her physical therapy and in the carseat – so I’m hoping those positive things are related to the elimination diet, but it’s too early to say. Our family doctor ran some labwork on a stool sample earlier this week, and I just got the call that everything they were ruling out (like E-coli, rotavirus, C-diff, and other infections) came back clear. So Dr. A thinks that we’re on the right track, and we just have to wait and see.