March 24, 2008

Diet Change...What We're Doing Now

Over the past 2-3 months off and on we've noticed that Evan has had blood in his stools. This of course is not normal. The first time we notice it we took him into the doctor, had him evaluated, had his dirty diaper sent to the lab, and found nothing. So we thought it was just a freak thing and went on with life. But once again blood would show up in his stool- then no more, and show up-then nothing.

One diagnosis the Doc gave us was that he may have a Milk Soy Protein Intolerance (MSPI). Though most of the time a child is diagnosed with this early in life, and since Evan is almost 5mo we weren't sure if this was the problem. You would never know anything was wrong as he is such a happy baby-rarely crying and not terribly gassy (which are both big signs of MSPI). But his stools do have a slight mucous and/or spinach look to them. This may be TMI for some of you but once you become a parent diaper talk is nothing. The mucous/spinach diaper is a sign that there may be an intolerance.

So we are believing that Ev has MSPI. Because I am still breastfeeding this means that I have to change my diet. No longer can I eat Milk products, Soy products, or Nuts. How fun is that? Luckily I live with a dietitian who is excited for the challenge and is doing the diet change with me. We are ridding our cupboards of anything Dairy, Soy, or Nutty and learning what we CAN eat. It is difficult and tricky as we have to carefully read each food label. But for now the challenge of it is intriguing as we know it could help our lil' baby. We're going to try it for a month to see if we notice any change. We'll let you know how we're doing and what results we find.

1 comment:

  1. I love that Travdaddy is so enchanted by this process... that made me smile. Good luck with your experiment!