No dairy for our family!
Forgive your child's doctor for her ignorance and keep your child away from all dairy products/derivatives! That is what David Cohen at the notmilk website told me after I mentioned the health concern my doctor had after taking my then 2 1/2 year old milk-addicted/ADHD daughter off of all dairy. My daughter even went through horrible withdrawal at almost 2 weeks after we took her off of dairy last November. I wrote a long letter to the doctor stating the observations that our family observed (before and after dairy) and she called me from the clinic one evening to thank me for educating her about the link between autistic/ADHD behavior and dairy "allergies". She had stayed up to midnight the night before on the computer and didn't know such a connection. Well, to make a long story short...our whole family became dairy-free late January and have reaped the benefits. I am almost vegan and working on going raw vegan. Me (PMS/horrible periods are gone!), my husband and 5 children have had many annoying health problems resolved by giving up dairy. My 11 year-old daughter had all eczema disappear around her nose once she gave up milk, emotionally she is much better balanced and no elbow eczema this spring so far which is another improvement! Our family's story will be featured in a book called Toxic Tales that is in the process of being written in the UK. By the way, our daughter that started us on this diet change is doing fabulous with behavior, language returned, sleep pattern more normal, etc. Hooray!
great thread! changes in healthcare are long overdue!
Arky...My son is doing much better, thanks. Since I took him off dairy he improved drastically. He hasn't needed his meds in months and hasnt needed the steroid cream even longer. It did take a while for the eczema to go away completely, actually he still has some around his ankles. I did notice that when he gets over tired he scratches a lot in his neck..not sure why
So, my toddler shouldn't be consuming soy either? She's recently been on a chocolate soy milk kick, and I've been thrilled about that because, before that, she wouldn't drink a thing except for her nursing. She had to be put on a daily prescription laxative powder because it was affecting her elimination - she just wouldn't drink anything. So when she started wanting 3 cups of chocolate soy milk a day and I was able to take her off the prescription, I was very happy. My sons love the chocolate soy milk, too - I've been letting them have a cup every day for the calcium since we're mostly non-dairy.
Just how bad is soy? And how much is bad?
I guess I could try chocolate rice milk for my 2 1/2 year old.
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I have another sugguestion for the cause of exzema -- kids pajamas. My 4 year old has/had exzema since we adopted her at 2 1/2. We took her off all soy and all last summer did 100% raw. Things looked great. Then for some reason this winter her exzema flared up really bad. The pictures of the little one earlier are minor compared to how her legs and arms looked. Anyway all winter it continued to worsen and I could not figure out why. She had no diary at all! Spring comes and we also went to doctor for check up. She ordered meds. We used them, well half of them. Things cleared up immediately. I thought it was the meds and felt really bad for not doing something sooner. Then about 3 weeks later she started wearing her winter pjs again. It took a week or so for me to notice, but the exzema started coming back. It took anther week or so for me to put "2 AND 2" together. It must be the pjs. The flame retartant in them. Needless to say, we are going to burn those pjs!
So check out your kiddo's jammies! They may be the culprit!
That is interesting as my daughter has these little sharp bumps on her arms, and she wore long sleeves all year long until this summer when she started wearing short sleeved t-shirts.
I had a feeling that she needed more air and sun exposure on her arms, as her legs are also like that but not her face which is never covered up.
So I think it is also important to get fresh air and safe sun (when your shadow is longer than you) on all places of the skin when possible.
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If a child has a sensitivity to Dairy why in the world would you want to give him more of it?? It seems that the doc is really not listening to you. And to suggest meds.. Unreal.. I would also want to seek out a non medical natural way of healing. Some doctors just suprise me..
My understanding (the mom's here jump in please) is that kids exclusively on breastmilk don't have much need for elinimation since the food is so perfectly suited for them, as compared to kids on milk / soy formula. Isn't that normal????
I'm shocked kids would be put on drugs simply because they are breast milk fed only. Did she have actual complications that needed treating?
That is awful! I was talking to my mom today about all of this, about doctors not knowing much about nutrition. My dad is a doctor...well, an OB/GYN and was in charge of residency at a large university and maybe a day was covered on nutrition for all of the residents! I think they should take a complete course, etc in it instead of less than a day! Just thought I would add that...
That's true, but I think at this point that class would still teach that you "need meats and dairy" to stay "healthy". We need "alternative" nutrition classes for doctors....whihc shouldn't be considered alternative, but mainstream.
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Yeah, very true!
Just one more "yep"
My daugher is five. When she was three she had horrible eczema or psoriasis. Anyway, she was mostly nondairy just from my beliefs, so I called a guru demrmatologist: cream, ointments, change soaps, change clothing . . . change everything but the body itself. Same as the others, waking up in the middle of the night crying and crying, inflamed, red, put her in an oatmeal bath a couple times a night, bleary, bug eyed from sleep deprivation . . . slab more horrible cortizone on her tender little skin. Both of us cry ourselves back to sleep.
Two or three week of this getting worse, I went to the naturopath and was told to take her entirely off dairy and wheat and supplemented her with oils and folic acid. It was completely healed within a week.
Told her pediatrician about it at her annual check up. He said it couldn't be related. But he also said it was fine to give her rice or soy milk instead as long as it was enriched.
Also for some reason, she could always eat organic plain yogurt, which she always loved.
Just another "yep", you're heard, you're smart and go find a pediatrican with better nutritional background . . . at least one smart enough to let parents know they CAN raise healthy kids without dairy. My daughter's kidney specialist (birth defect) said outright, cut out the dairy (without knowing I had a long time ago)! And he's considered on the nation's top infant urinary pediatric surgeons.
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