Poor Monkey had every single one of the symptoms mentioned in the video. Her main problems were the crying, terrible nappies and poor growth. But I just told myself that babies cried and babies pooed.
I did take her to the doctors various times with the different symptoms but nobody seemed to join all the symptoms together and look at allergies. It was my health visitor who first suggested an issue with dairy. At first the doctors said she couldn't possibly have an allergy as she was still exclusively breast fed at that point. After seeing a different doctor due to terrible nappies we were advised to go dairy free. About a week later Monkey was admitted to hospital due to wheezing and swelling and concerns about her growth. At this point she'd been having problems for three months and was only just going into newborn clothes. While we were in hospital she was officially diagnosed with Cow's Milk Protein Allergy.
I thought dairy free would be easy. I hate milk. I have the tiniest little bit in my coffee and that's about it. But going dairy free means a lot more than drinking black coffee. Cheese is out, and yoghurt but I suppose they're still quite obviously dairy.
Chocolate was a difficult one for me to give up. But what was really upsetting was to find I couldn't even have crisps instead. Yes, crisps have milk in! In fact I pretty quickly discovered everything has milk in. Giving up dairy was going to be a lot harder than I thought.
I had to learn a whole load of other names that milk could be called. Luckily there are new laws in place now that mean the top 14 allergens have to be declared in food so any of these should clearly state that they're milk. That wasn't the case when we first went dairy free though and I spent a lot of time checking labels against this list.
The following contain, or may contain milk:
|Lactulose||Whey and casein hydrolysates||Lacalbumin|
|Lactoglobulin||Lactate starter||Ammonium caseinate|
|Artificial butter flavour (not always)||Butter solids/fat||Calcium caseinate|
|Caramel colour (not always)||Caramel flavouring (not always)||Caseinate|
|Delactosed whey||Demineralized whey||Dried milk|
|High protine flour (not always)||High protine flour||Hydrolzed casein|
|milkderivative||Milk fat||opta (fat replacer)|
|Potassium caseinate||Solids||Sour cream solids|
|Sour solids||Sour milk solids||Whey protine concentrate|
|Enriched flour(not always)||Formage frais||Sodium Steatoyal(not aways)|
|Sherbert(not always)||Nougot||hydrolized vegtable protein|
|tagatose / Naturose||Recaldent||PROSPEC MI (At dentist)|
Many children can sucessfully start to gradually reintroduce dairy to their diets at around 12 months old. Monkey is 21 months old but has still never eaten dairy even in it's most baked form. We have been advised by the hospital not to do any reintroduction yet. We've not got any dates set for food challenges yet but we've been told that they will be done in hospital. I'm really not looking forward to that day but for now we'll just keep on doing what we're doing and keeping Monkey safe.