Sunday, May 29, 2011

Milk Allergy -- Gone!

As far as we can tell, our 3-year-old daughter's milk allergy is gone.  She has been eating yogurt every day --I used yogurt as a control to know how much was going in her each day.  After the first initial days of dairy eating she had a mild eczema breakout on her arms.  It went away within a day.  We have gradually been increasing her yogurt intake every three days.  She's now eating 4 oz of yogurt a day. No skin rashes to be found. She even ate pizza at preschool last week.  Her teachers looked at me nervously when I told them to let her try it.  Thankfully, I work in the same school so they weren't so worried knowing I was in the building.  It's been so exciting to watch her eat new foods.  Goldfish crackers were on her list to try right away.  Crazy how the simplest thing as a goldfish cracker was so dangerous.  Now it's not a problem.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have regarding our journey with the milk allergy!

4 comments:

  1. Wow! Congrats! I have a nearly 2 year old son who has a dairy allergy and I come to your site for food ideas. This is great to hear and I hope when we do his 2 year testing we get a negative reaction result. :)

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  2. Thanks! Good luck! I know the feeling...

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  3. Congrats my almost 3 year old just started yogurt too! It's amazing to think they will be able to enjoy ice cream and pizza lol!

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  4. Human beings are the only only species to consume the milk of another species. There is no human requirement for milk from a cow. The majority of the world's peoples do not come from cultures that have a history of dairy consumption. These people often have problems digesting it. And with the advent of modern mechanized dairy production, milk may not be as pure as it once was.
    Lactose(the carbohydrate found in milk) intolerance which causes a range of unpleasant abdominal symptoms, including stomach cramps, flatulence and diarrhea, is a reality for 75% of the world's population. Even though consuming dairy is unnatural and problematic for many people the US Food Guide Pyramid recommends 2 to 3 servings. One serving is defined as 1 cup of milk, 2 slices of cheese or 3/4 cup of yogurt.
    Whole cow's milk is a high-fat fluid, designed by nature to turn a 60 lb (30 kg) calf into a 600 lb (275 kg) cow in one year. The consumption of high-fat dairy products has also been found to cause atherosclerosis, heart disease and stroke. Finland which has a death rate from heart disease that is among the highest in the world, also has one of the highest rates of dairy product consumption.
    The African Bantu woman provides an excellent example of good health. Her diet is free of milk and still provides 250–400 mg of calcium from plant sources, which is half the amount consumed by Western women. Bantu women commonly have 10 babies during their life and breast feed each of them for about ten months. But even with this huge calcium drain and relatively low calcium intake, osteoporosis is relatively unknown among these women.
    Low-fat milk and cheese products are still significantly high in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. For example, 2% milk has become much more popular than homogenized milk, yet it still derives one third of its total calories from fat. Skim milk mozzarella with approximately 15% milk-fat is considered a low-fat cheese, yet a 1-ounce slice contains 5 grams of fat, totaling 56% calories from fat! So don't be fooled by the "skim milk" label.
    The wide range of skimmed milk products available in grocery stores reflects health concerns over high-fat dairy products. But for many people, low-fat dairy products may still be an unacceptable alternative. Low-fat dairy products linked to heightened allergies
    The high protein content of low-fat dairy products is actually more allergenic than dairy products with a high-fat content. 3 Dairy products are one of the leading causes of food allergies and food sensitivities causing allergic responses in people of all ages, especially infants and young children. It is estimated that about 7% of infants are allergic to cow's milk protein. Infants who react to milk also have a greater likelihood of developing allergies to other foods.
    Allergies to dairy products can cause a wide range of symptoms including irritability, restlessness, hyperactivity, depression, abdominal pain, cramps or bloating, gas, diarrhea, bad breath, headaches, lack of energy, constipation, poor appetite, mal-absorption of nutrients, nasal stuffiness, runny nose sinusitis, asthma, shortness of breath, rashes, and eczema

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