Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Milk Allergy for Newborn Zach

I thought you that are praying and following Zach's updates would like to know that we are pretty certain it IS a milk allergy.  About 10 hours after having regular feedings with the new hypoallergenic formula, his diarrhea stopped COMPLETELY and changed back to the normal color and texture.  Since then, he has had normal stools and is slightly less fussy.  He does eat more often now but that was expected because the new formula is easily digestible.  I do miss him going 3-4 hours between feedings, as he now goes 1-2 hours BUT I'm so glad he is not diarrheaing or vomiting anymore!!  The pediatrician said he will probably outgrow the milk allergy by 1 years of age and we will introduce whole milk then and see how it goes.

I pray this is the end of this crazy 'sickness' and it isn't something worse.  For a while there I wasn't sure I was going to make it through - I was mentally drained and depressed and couldn't eat much or sleep much for days.  There was a few times I wanted to get in the car and run away - but God helped me through it and hubby let me cry on him every night just about.  Since Zach stopped diarrheaing, I've been able to sleep and eat more.

I'm ready for some normalcy now.....Grant it Jesus because it's my season to be blessed!!

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6 comments:

Twocans said...

Glad they figured it out and he is starting to improve;a happier baby means a happier Mom!

Christian Homekeeper said...

It does, I'm feeling human again lol. Thanks so much for the prayers Twocans! :)

Alicia said...

Praying for Baby Zach. Titus is still allergic to all dairy so I have much sympathy for you. I hope for your family's sake he indeed outgrows it.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Aww, I didn't realize he had a dairy allergy. I did read that some kids outgrow by 4 and some by 8 years of age, so it varies. Our pediatrician said the typical is 1 year, which I'm praying for Zach he does outgrow it then or sooner because this new formula is VERY expensive!

Crissy said...

Congratulations on the birth of baby Zach! I'm glad this birth was much easier for you than the first one!
Lucas had a milk allergy when he was little. He was breastfed exclusively, and had terrible spitting up episodes. After he was on solid foods and I realized he would throw up whenever I gave him anything with milk in it, I realized he must have been reacting when I had milk in my diet. Anyway, it took until he was 4 for the doctors to do an allergy test and say, yes, he is allergic to milk (among other things)and not lactose intolerant. He outgrew his milk allergy around 6, although he did have lactose issues for another year or so. Now, at age 8 he can eat cheese and have a ice cream without issue.
If you do try and re-lactate, you might want to try fenugreek. I had a lot of success with that, combined with on-demand nursing. After a couple weeks I did make enough milk. Sending prayers your way!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks so much Crissy for sharing your story!

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