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Old 11-07-2007, 10:09 PM   #1
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dairy and citric acid allergies. any suggestions on a drink without either of those?

Okay. Here is the deal.
My youngest daughter will be 1 on the 17th. We found out when she was almost 2 months old that she was "lactos intollerant" so our doctor had us switch her to soy formula. Two weeks after that we found out she was "soy intollerant" so our doctor suggested switching her to goats milk. That seemed to help a little bit but she was still incredibly grumpy. The said she was just collic. Finally... at her 6 month check up the doctor decided she should have outgrown that. She ordered a "fast acting food allergy test". Everything came back negative. A month later I brought her back in. She was waking up crying, no screaming every single night, several times a night and had red bumps around her eyes and mouth (she had them from about 2 months old on). This time she ordered a "slow acting allergy test". That came back saying she was allergic to cows milk, all kinds of cheese, and goats milk. So basically, all dairy products. Her allergy to these things were fairly high so we were instructed to not give her anything that had any sort of milk or cheese product in the ingredients. We started giving her juices in her bottle instead. We started out with her on propel fitness water and she did great for about a month and a half. Then out of nowhere she started waking up several times a night screaming again. We thought maybe we should switch what she was drinking so we started giving her apple juice and BINGO... just like magic she's sleeping peacefully all night again. Well two weeks after the switch she is back to waking up several times a night. My mom suggested that maybe she was allergic to citric acid because my dad is and the same thing happens to him... it doesn't start affecting him until after the first few weeks of drinking a little bit every day and then he starts getting horrible stomach aches and whenever he drinks it and if he doesn't just stop all together then he eventually starts getting really sick. I looked on the ingredients and sure enough... there is citric acid in both propel and apple juice.

Does ANYBODY know of a juice I can get that does NOT have any citric acid in it? Normally, this wouldn't be a problem and I would just not give my child juice... however, with her being allergic to dairy products as well, I have to give her SOMETHING besides just water. I NEED HELP! Everything I have looked at for her to drink either has citric acid or milk in it! I don't know what to do.

 
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Old 11-08-2007, 02:54 AM   #2
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Hello- I am sorry you are going through this difficulty with your daughter. You really need to speak with your doctor again. Even your LO is allergic to dairy she still needs the protein, calcium, fat, and other nutrients that the milk provided and juice is not a good alternative. There are formulas that she could still have that are not soy but are for kids with milk allergies. If your doctor oks it there are delicious milk alternatives that come in enriched versions like rice milk and almond milk. (my DS drinks those and loves them!) Because milk alternatives are not fatty, I cook DS food with olive oil and make sure that he gets good fats from other sources and that he takes a daily multi vitamin. Believe me I am not saying this to criticize you, just to inform you in case you didn't know. Also I do give my son some juice, but it is a mostly veggie juice called Vruit. I hope this info helps you. Good luck and stay in touch to let us know how everything goes!

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Old 11-08-2007, 08:18 AM   #3
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Until today, I had never heard of Rice Milk, my doctor never suggested it. Im going to have to bring it up to her at my little ones next appointment (her 1 yr check is the 23rd of this month) At her 9 month check she told me that we could just try juices for now and that if at her next appointment she would do some blood tests along with her regular check and if those showed something or if she didn't seem to be gaining weight properly then we would have to look at other options and possibly put her on a vitamin supplement.

 
Old 11-25-2007, 11:38 AM   #4
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I have been drinking Rice Milk for years and it is fantastic. It took me one containor of Rice Dreams rice milk to adjust to the taste. Now, I can't taste it at all in my ceral. I had given up on ceral years ago, but now I can have all I want. I too have alergic reactions to citric acid. I get rashes, digestion issues, and my heart races. I had this as an infant too. I would get rashes on my face just from eating spagetti. I also had sever diaper rashes. My Mom had to use cloth diapers that were wash in hot water with bleach, and rinsed twice. I understand how you feel. Try rice milk. It has all the calcium you or the baby will need. Avoid foods with citric acid. Tomatoes, oranges, lemons, limes, garlic and lots of things have this acid. Some manufactures add citric acid so read the lables. Don't drink soft drinks either. They only think that is missing still is how to make pudding. You can't, yet. I still looking into that. For now I just buy soy pudding. You can get live bacteria in a capsule form from places like The People's Clinic. You may have something simular where you live. Look for a place that sell all natural products. That will help aid in digestion. It's great when you are not allowed to eat yogart. Oh you may want to constider naturally decafinated green tea. There is not citric acid in it. Other than that the rice drink and water is all you really need. People drink juice just cause it taste good, it's not really good for you. Eat veggies and other fruits without citric acid instead.

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Old 11-25-2007, 11:52 AM   #5
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HI. Well I took my daughter to the doctor this last friday. We will be seeing an allergy specialist and a dietrician in the next 2 weeks. Thank you for letting me know about all that, i'm glad my daughter isn't the only one. Also, she seems to constantly have a yeast rash, I put the cream the doctor gave us on and it will go away after about 5 days only to come back 5 days later. Could it be related to her allergies do you think?

 
Old 11-25-2007, 08:29 PM   #6
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yeast could be many things,do you bake? If so wash your hands often, many bakers wives get yeast infections. If you don't bake or use yeast you may want to ask another doctor if you current doctor can't tell you why she is getting them. I have never had a yeast infection so I can't be much help in this area. Sorry about that.

oh, I forgot to tell you, you can puree fruits and veggies that don't have citric acid, then add a little water to make a juice. Bannanas and cantalopes don't seem to effect me. They are my faorvite fruits. Your daughter may like a carrot juice if you make it yourself. Different kinds of broths are nice too. I love chicken broth. You would be surprised what you can do with a blender. When kids are very young their taste buds are different. My Mom used to mix a little fruit with veggies to get us to eat them. You can add ice to make a cool treat too. Good luck. Life without citric acid or dairy is not as bad as you think it could be. LOL The citric acid problem may ease up a tiny bit as she gets older, but the dairy is not likely too. I no longer get blisters from tomato sauce. However, I prefer a little olive oil, basil, on my pasta instead of a cream or tomato based sauce. The wine based sauces are good BUT there is citric acid in wine so I would not recommend them until she is grown and can decide for herself if they are too strong. Red wine is worse that white. When I do drink any wine I add sugar to cut the acid and an ice qube to delute the wine. Even that is sometimes not enough to keep me from getting sick.The fermination is a problem. She will find this a problem in all liquir. You may already know this. If you have more questions feel free to ask. Nothing is off limits for me.

 
Old 11-26-2007, 01:15 AM   #7
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Oh geez... I never even thought of puree-ing veggies and fruit and adding water. That makes sense. Haha. I will have to try that... she LOVES bananas... probably because they don't make her tummy hurt. I thought about trying the V8 fusion drinks but most of them have citric acid in them so I haven't yet... i'm hoping the dietrician will give me some easy ideas for food for her. I'm so used to cooking fast, easy food for my hubby and 2 1/2 year old that i'm having a hard time going back to cooking things from scratch again, but it seems to be the only way to get good food for her that doesn't have dairy or citric acid in it... even most spaghetti sauces have some dried cheese or something along those lines in them. It's very frusterating... I had to stop feeding her most baby food because they all have some sort of dairy in them. Thanks for your help though...really... this is hard for me... I'm not used to haveing to watch labels so much... my shopping trips have doubled in time in the store... i'm reading labels on EVERYTHING these days!

 
Old 11-26-2007, 07:39 AM   #8
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Spagetti sause is tomota based.It is basicly a plate of citric acid. Don't feed her spagetti sauce. You will get up with all kinds of rashes. I have tried mac and cheese (powdered) with rice milk and still get really sick. There is something in the powdered stuff that is as bad ifnot worst than real cheese. It takes awhile to get used to thinking of foods without dairy or citric acid but they are out there. I am sure the dietrician will be abel to help you develope a list. I generallyjust staywith fresh foods and avoid things in a box. You never know what will make you sick or how sick it will make you. It's more work to cook from scratch but it's less work than taking care of someone who feels bad all the time. You will notice her behavior will be effected by the foods she eats too. Stay away from V8 that too is just a bottle of acid.

 
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