Avoid Co-Sleeping Habits: Is It Allergies?

swan helping baby go to sleepAvoid Co-Sleeping Habits: One Sign Could Be Your Baby Has A Milk/Soy Allergy

Sleep. I want it, but most days I’m half awake. I wondered if my baby is just needy and needs more attention. But I often wondered if I knew she was allergic to milk then maybe co-sleeping would not have happened.

My baby girl was born with colic due to a milk protein allergy, she could not sleep, and she would wake up in pain.

Check: Sleep deprived Zombie

I was a zombie, and jealous of those moms who had the 2 hours of sleep option after every feeding, I was going without sleep for maybe a whole day.

Check: Insane Mama

I was going insane, crying while she was crying, and reciting Christmas songs, (as she was born in December.)

Unknown Allergy, Where’s My Relief?

The allergy was unknown to me; the hospital referred us to our first pediatrician; He said it was due to acid-reflux and that I should avoid the laying down position.

For four months I would often walk around the house for two hours until she would pass out in my arms; I had a sore back and tired arms.

But I was not able to lay her flat on her back, without the risk of her waking in a shrill of tears.

For myself to get sleep, she would fall asleep on my chest, and I would position myself in a slanted sleep position, and this began her soothing co-sleeping habits.

Breastfeeding took us an hour to complete one session before her next feed in the next 2-3 hour window.I ended up laying with her eventually (doing the side position,) and she finally fell asleep, and so did I.

And this habit continued. Mainly so I could sleep. But the baby would -at times- wake up in tears as laying down hurt her.

Finally, the Results Are In!

I thankfully found out about her allergy at 4months (wished it was sooner) when her stool had blood flecks in it; it was green and more of a mucous texture.

I went to my new GP, and he told me the signs are pointing to a milk protein allergy. I was given a referral to a pediatrician who confirmed my Gp’s diagnosis.

It took about one month to get all the milk protein out of my breast, I ate as clean as I could, no soy and no dairy products. (Soy breaks down in the breast the same as milk, and can cause the same symptoms.)

After one month I saw improvement in her growth, she gained weight, grew, and was a lot happier. She was also able to lay on her back without a fuss.

I hope that any new parent experiencing similar symptoms can avoid co-sleeping for comfort and so that you -as the parent- can eventually get some sleep.

Eight sign’s your baby might have a dairy allergy, before you see blood in the stool:

  1. You hear people say “It’s just colic or acid reflux.”  Ok, are you sure?
  2.  Body positions like laying down or tummy time hurt’s her. When you swing her does she vomit or cry in pain?
  3. Your baby vomits easily and usually after a feeding, or when lying down or being swung?
  4. Crying throughout the day for hours, until she is too tired to complain and passes out.
  5. Is your baby tiny? Does she have a low birth weight? If so the protein sheds the lining of the intestinal walls, and this is what causes the blood flecks in her stool. She is not absorbing the nutrition she needs.
  6. Does your baby poop frequently, and she cries when you change her diaper?
  7. Is her poop green and has a slimy, or mucous texture?
  8. Your baby is upset almost the whole day and prefers to be carried around -all the time- in an upright position.

What to do if you answered yes to at least one of these symptoms

I would ask your GP if dairy is the culprit and try a dairy-free diet. Request a list of foods to avoid, or you can find a standard list online( CMP is the acronym. )

You would be surprised at what contains milk and soy; I had to make homemade granola, as store-bought contain’s milk powder.

If you’re breastfeeding, yes dairy free is NOT my preferred diet, but you will see after four weeks how your baby will change and improve and you will get rest.

Foods you can eat but not the baby are almond milk or coconut milk or any (not soy) alternative dairy products.

But you will have to read the labels of everything you buy, even a can of tuna can contain these proteins. Chocolate is ok if you don’t mind dark, so I was thankful.

Formula Options?

Formula fed babies are a bit harder; some brands offer a dairy-free choice, they use a broken down protein and soy formula is not the solution.

Your pediatrician should be able to help you, even maybe with samples, in case your baby is used to a particular brand and switching might be difficult for some children.

My baby is not a fan of formula, so I had to stick to breastfeeding, and to watch out for her allergens.

After One Month Sleep!

I hope you caught your dairy allergy early; her sleep will improve, she will gain her weight back, her stool will be back to mustard color, she will enjoy tummy time.

Overall a happier you and best of all a joyful, comfortable baby.

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