Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Dairy free

I'm not sure if you know about this or not, but Jacob has eczema. Very bad eczema. Over his entire body. At his 2 month check up, the pediatrician told me to try eliminating eggs and milk from my diet completely for a week to see if that made any difference.

I did as she suggested and didn't really see much difference after a week. I decided to try at least one more week. The eczema improved a little, but I think that was mostly due to our diligently covering him with lotion at least twice a day. Especially since the eczema on his face actually got worse during this time.

So on Friday I added milk back into my diet. And his reflux symptoms that had almost completely gone away came back. In fact, by Monday evening, he was kicking and flailing while nursing again. He hadn't been doing that since 3 or 4 days after taking milk out of my diet.

It was bad enough on Monday evening that Brent looked at me and said that I needed to take the milk back out of my diet...and I agreed.

So now I am dairy free again. Ugh. I REALLY like cheese. And chocolate. And bread. And did I mention that I REALLY like cheese? ;)

At this point, I don't know how long I will be able to keep this up. I mean you know how many things have milk in them? Even margarine has milk! And I don't know if I will be able to add eggs back in or not. I know that looking at a year of this is overwhelming today. So I will take it a week at a time for now. Then I will probably get used to it and then it won't be so overwhelming.

I think I may need to see a nutrionist/dietician to make sure I am getting all the calcium I need for both me and Jacob. Anyone know someone?

And if you know of some great milk and egg free recipes...especially for dessert :), please let me know. Just make sure you DON'T tell me about the brownies and ice cream that you had last night. 'Cuz then I might be jealous...and you don't want to cause that do you?


Collin and Marisa said...

That's terrible! I'm so sorry! Caden has eczema really bad too but eliminating diary from my diet didn't really improve it much so I added it back. Have you tried soy cheese, soy milk, or soy ice cream? Soy milk and cheese I can handle, the ice cream I don't think is very good but it's worth a shot! You do need lots of calcium.