Re: Infant Allergies
posted at 6/19/2011 10:39 PM EDT
In Response to Infant Allergies
[QUOTE]I'm no sure if anyone can relate to this, I haven't seen a post on it yet... DS has had blood in his stool for 2 weeks now. I've cut out dairy, soy and nuts. It seems to be getting worse, not better. He had his stool tested to make sure it was blood (no results yet) and I have to go back in 2 weeks with more samples to make sure that there is no more blood at that point since I will have cut soy/dairy out for a/b a month so it will be out of my system by then. If there is blood in 2 weeks, I will most likely have to switch to formula to see if he gets better. I was reading online that corn and wheat can be other allergens, the only two things I haven't cut out yet. This is all just wearing on me, worried about DS's health. I really want to continue to breast feed and planned to until he was at least 6 mon. Anyone else deal with allergies and have any advice? Can infants this age get allergy testing, the pr i ck (figured i wouldn't be able to use that word!) to see what they're allergic to? That makes the most sense, otherwise I'll never know what it is that he's allergic to and I'll never be able to eat at a restaurant again! Can you imagine me saying make sure my food is dairy,soy,nut, wheat and corn free?! Ok, I'll stop rambling now.
Posted by ajuly09[/QUOTE]
Hi again, AJuly!
Just checking in to see if you got any results or further information about your baby's blood in his stool? I was glad to hear your reply that he is not, like my son, in any obvious pain from whatever is causing it. From the limited experience with other people's children, the eczema seems to indicate an allergy as opposed to a "sensitivity" or intolerance. But, I am not really sure...
Anyway, I really hope you are still happily breastfeeding and all is going much better in that department for your baby, at least in terms of reacting to an allergen. In case it's not going so well and you have switched to formula (or are thinking about it), I wanted to let you know that your insurance should cover the cost of all formula you are prescribed by your doctor. So, for example, in my son's case he was on Alimentum (an over-the-counter formula anyone can buy on the shelves at CVS.) I literally just got a prescription from my doctor, filled it at the pharmacy counter, and they collected a one month supply for me; only adding prescription sticker labels to the cans and charging my insurance. There was no co-pay and absolutely no out-of-pocket cost to me. All of this was because of the blood in the stool (I am pretty sure that's the triggering event that will force insurance to cover the formula.) So, while I was devastated to make the decision to stop
BF'ing, (I had worked SO hard at it! I cried when I decided to stop), it was such a nice thing to not have to worry about the high cost of formula; especially since in the case of Alimentum, it's much more expensive than regular formula.
I'm telling you this because you should be aware that your formula should be covered by your insurance. Just get your pediatrician to send over the prescription and you're all set.
Another thing, my nephew had eczema, vomitting, diarrhea, visible blood in stool, and also couldn't sleep comfortably at night. In his particular case he turned out to have so many allergies: milk, nuts, soy, seeds, eggs (poor baby!) and yet his parents kept him on regular milk formula for over a year; and the poor kid suffered, vomitting many times daily. Your baby probably doesn't have such a long list of food issues, but there are formulas out there even for a baby like my nephew. Alimentum might not have been right for a baby like my nephew because it was still cow's milk based, but something called Neocate probably would have worked because it is even "bigger gun" than Alimentum (what I used for my son). Just rest assured that if you were advised to switch to formula, there is a formula out there that can help your baby. I'd ask your pediatrician if Alimentum or Neocate might be the right ones. And, I'd even test them out by buying one can first and seeing how he does with them.
I hope you didn't have to resort to formula, but either way you deserve all the credit for doing what's best for your baby and trying to stick out the BF'ing so valiantly. It's a really tough situation to have to be in and I applaud you for all your hard work at sticking with it! And, it will get better!