Re: Allergy... Help?
Don't let this freak you out. Blood in the poop looks freaky but usually isn't a big health concern. I nursed my second baby through months of intermittent bloody poops, and she is perfectly healthy.
Your doc gave you good advice not to switch to formula, which is AWESOME! Often docs hear "bloody poop" and automatically reach for the formula can. I think a dairy-wheat-soy elimination is one way to start to manage the problem. You could also start simply by eliminating dairy, and giving it a few weeks to improve (or not) before eliminating soy and/or wheat. Dairy is supposed to be the most common allergen.
Often gas is independent of allergy concerns. Sometimes "gas" is actually just normal newborn fussiness or colic. You might want to try the following:
- keep baby upright after feedings
- warm baths
- motion (rocking, swinging, riding in stroller or car)
- closeness (wear baby in a sling)
- white noise
- fresh air- take baby outside when fussiness is worst
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"